This is another one of those I-feel-so-flippin-blessed posts – so please bare with me!  🙂

I had such a wonderful Mother’s Day!

I woke up in the most beautiful of surroundings… nuzzled awake by my kidlets and, best of all, Nick had the day off to spend with us!  (He gets one day off per week while working on set).

The first thing we did was take a slow, scenic drive to the small hamlet of de Rust… where we enjoyed brunch at The Old Trading Post (if you’re ever passing through de Rust – you must stop for a coffee there!).

It’s a unique little restaurant and gallery… draped with all kinds of rusty (or sparkly) bric-a-brac.  It’s like a giant magpie’s nest – and such a treat for the senses (good food too!).

de Rust

de Rust 2

While there, we took some cute family pics too…

nuzzles

nick and kids

joah lick

nick and kids 2

With tummies full, we drove up the hill and explored an old cemetery.  The graves have the best view in town!  Mountains… valleys… rivers… farms… in every direction.  I really enjoy old cemeteries… so much history… so many stories of so many lives.  It also forces us to really “be present” in this life and to appreciate the gifts we have.

Morgan had the camera and took these photos:

graves 1

graves 2

After the grave-browsing, we drove to Oudsthoorn to the Cango Wildlife Ranch.

It was a bit pricey – but the perfect choice to spend the rest of the day.  The kids loved it!

Here’s some photos….

There were 2 porcupine parents (the mom was albino) and 2 porcupine babies! The kids loved watching the porcupines - and especially after collecting porcupine quills (and appreciating how sharp and strong they were) - it was great for them to finally SEE live porcupines.

There were 2 porcupine parents (the mom was albino) and 2 porcupine babies! The kids loved watching the porcupines – and especially after collecting porcupine quills (and appreciating how sharp and strong they were) – it was great for them to finally SEE live porcupines.

They had a fabulous snake room - displaying all of South Africa's scariest snakes (including this Black Mamba)... plus some not-so-scary, harmless snakes too...

They had a fabulous snake room – displaying all of South Africa’s scariest snakes (including this Black Mamba)… plus some not-so-scary, harmless snakes too…

Nick took this photo of a beautiful leopard staring up at him through the boards of the "cat walk"...

Nick took this photo of a beautiful leopard staring up at him through the boards of the “cat walk”…

They had white tigers too... not sure how tigers ended up on this part of the earth - probably illegal pet ownership & trading.

They had white tigers too… not sure how tigers ended up on this side of the planet – probably illegal pet ownership & trading.

And, as a special Mother's Day gift, Nick paid a bit extra - and I got to spend time playing with a tiger cub. This "little" cub (a male) will grow to be 6 times his current size!!

And, as a special Mother’s Day gift, Nick paid a bit extra – and I got to spend time playing with a tiger cub. This “little” cub (a male) will grow to be 6 times his current size!!

And... then there were the birds!!! They sat on my head - and the one bit my fingers, every time I tried to get him off!! hehe!

And… then there were the birds!!! They sat on my head – and the one bit my fingers, every time I tried to get him off!! hehe!

This bird gave Nick and the kids a LOT of laughs (at my expense)... it nibbled my glasses, but then started nibbling my ear... gradually nibbling harder and HARDER... every time I lifted my hand to swat him off, he bit my fingers! Nick was giggling (a lot) while taking this photo...

This bird gave Nick and the kids a LOT of laughs (at my expense)… it nibbled my glasses, but then started nibbling my ear… gradually nibbling harder and HARDER… every time I lifted my hand to swat him off, he bit my fingers! Nick was giggling (a lot) while taking this photo…

After a lovely day, we drove back to our little house-in-the-hills… Nick lit a log fire and I sipped warm milo and chatted with my very-loved-hubby (while the kids watched movies in our bed).

And – since we’re on the topic of Mother’s Day…

I have a wonderful mother!  She’s a friend, a great person to bounce ideas off and she always has my best interests at heart.  She has always been SO supportive of me… encouraging me to follow my dreams – never holding me back or trying to squash me into a box of her choosing.

I have always been very secure in the knowledge that I am very loved and supported by my mom.  I really appreciate that she has given us “permission” to fly – to travel – to do what we love.  She has never discouraged those dreams.  She has never said:  “What about me?  You can’t leave Joburg because I’m here and I’ll miss you and the kids!”.

I think it just makes her genuinely happy… to see us happy.

Not just that, but Mom has a very busy life of her own.  She runs a large restoration ministry, Fisherman’s Village.  She lives and works on her large property in Honeydew – which is a bit like a large conference centre.  It has a coffee shop, tea-garden, boma, accommodation, a shop, 2 halls – (plus the staff required to run it).  Almost every weekend she has well over 200 people show up for her courses!

So – Mom is BUSY and she has many friends, colleagues and people who love her.

This gives me comfort.  I think it would be harder for us to just pack up and leave if Mom had built her LIFE around “our” family… but she hasn’t.  She has her own life… and I’m very proud of her for everything she has accomplished.

Every time I visit Fisherman’s Village, I think:  “Good grief!  Look at what my mother has done!  She’s incredible!”.

So – apart from giving thanks for my little family… Mother’s Day reminded me of my incredible mom.

And Mom – I know you’re reading this – I hope you never ever forget what a loved and appreciated Mommy you are!  And we are very VERY proud of you!!!  X

Mom with Joah (this was taken a couple of years ago at the beach in Margate).

Mom with Joah (this was taken a couple of years ago at the beach in Margate).