So…

I’m sitting here, typing this to you… from a lovely beach house in Misty Cliffs – which is our new home for the next 3 months.  If you’re wondering where Misty Cliffs is, just go and have a look at the continent of Africa… and trace your finger down to the southern most tip of Africa – Cape Point.  Misty Cliffs is just down the road from there.

It is beautiful here.  Unbelievably, breathtakingly beautiful.

Behind us are towering cliffs… in front of us, an uninterrupted view of the Atlantic Ocean (which today is broody and stormy – just the way I like it).  And surrounding this house are indigenous trees and fynbos and flowers… and birds and creatures of all shapes and sizes… including (sigh) baboons.

Baboons are a bit of a menace in these parts.  They embark on regular organised raids and given half a chance will sneak into a home… head straight for the kitchen… and steal every edible thing they can possibly carry (and leave a big mess in the process… and lots of poo too, because when they get nervous, they poo!!)… (ugh!)

Anyway, I’m very determined not to be a victim of a baboon raid – so I make sure every window and door is secured whenever we leave the house… and I make sure not to leave any food out on the table.  Let’s just say, I’m very… aware.  I’m not scared of baboons (and I don’t want my kids to be scared of them either)… but I’m aware of how sneaky they can be, so I keep an eye out for them so I can make my presence known if they start plotting.

Here’s some photos of the new nest:

The driveway leading up to the house (it's actually very steep)...

The driveway leading up to the house (it’s actually very steep)…

The house… and the splash pool (it's cold - but in spite of that, the kids are determined to swim in it… at least once!)...

The house… and the splash pool (it’s cold – but in spite of that, the kids are determined to swim in it… at least once!)…

The lounge / dining area… with windows leading out on to the deck… all with uninterrupted views of the sea.

The lounge / dining area… with windows leading out on to the deck… all with uninterrupted views of the sea.

The kitchen… which kinda inspires even ME to cook...

The kitchen… which kinda inspires even ME to cook…

View from the kitchen over the dining area...

View from the kitchen over the dining area…

Main bedroom with en-suite bathroom….

Main bedroom with en-suite bathroom….

And a special treat… for me (who has only been showering for the past 4 or 5 months)… is this wonderful TUB…!!! (Oh, I have missed having a bath!!!)...

And a special treat… for me (who has only been showering for the past 4 or 5 months)… is this wonderful TUB…!!! (Oh, I have missed having a bath!!!)…

What's next-door to us on our left….

What’s next-door to us on our left….

to the right

And… on our right…. this is the neighbour’s cottage…

These fish are on the wall in our living area. Can you guess why I like this little arrangement so much?

These fish are on the wall in our living area. Can you guess why I like this little arrangement so much?

The shell path leading to my Happy Bench...

The shell path leading to my Happy Bench…

In case you’re wondering why we aren’t in Noordhoek any more….

Well, it was simply to do with size.   The Noordhoek apartment was gorgeous – and our hosts were wonderful, laid-back people (and our kids got on famously well with their little boy).  And, for a quick visit to Cape Town, the apartment would have been perfect…  but now, because it seems like we’re extending our stay… we need a bigger space.

And we need a bigger space… mostly because of Nick’s work.

It was pretty challenging for him to focus on editing when kids were running through the apartment, chasing and playing and making a noise.  Also, having Nick’s editing suite set up in our bedroom wasn’t ideal.  I found it hard to sleep if he was editing during the night… and he felt bad about waking me.  We knew that if we were going to make nomadic work (for Nick) a viable option, that he would need a dedicated room that we could convert into a small studio.  A place where he could shut the door and be left in peace.

So – we knew we wanted a place with at least 3 bedrooms… and we also knew we wanted a garden (the bigger the better) so that the kids didn’t feel too cooped up inside the house.  And – of course – we knew that we wanted a beautiful view.

One of the main reasons we’re living in Cape Town in the first place… is because of the natural beauty.   Being surrounded by natural beauty just… I dunno… does something… for me.  It nurtures something deep inside of me.  We always said that if we lived in Cape Town, we wanted to live somewhere that “felt” like we were living in Cape Town.  We didn’t want to move into one of Cape Town’s many landlocked ‘burbs.  Then, we may as well live in Joburg again.  We wanted to see the sea.  We wanted to see the mountains.

Nick and Joah on Long Beach...

Nick and Joah on Long Beach…

That's me… sitting on a rock and writing in my diary...

That’s me… sitting on a rock and writing in my diary…

So that’s how we ended up here… in Misty Cliffs Conservation Village.

The house we’re in is usually rented out in Summer for a daily rate (that is considerably above our budget)… but, because we’re staying here in Winter – we have got it for an affordable monthly rate.   And I’m grateful… and it’s beautiful… and I feel very blessed.  Now – I just need to persuade some Joburg-based family and friends to come and visit!!!

As a final photo… I wanted to show you my little bench:

My happy bench...

My happy bench…

This little bench is tucked away in a hidden corner behind some trees in the garden.  It looks out over the sea, and when I sit there, I feel as though I’m secluded… surrounded only by nature.  It’s the place where I have a conversation with God… and myself… about how grateful I am for this life – and how I take none of it for granted.

It’s time now for me to light up the fire place… and boil the water for the kettle.  Anyone coming over for coffee??  🙂