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

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 Рbut 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).