Firstly Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you!
I hope that you have all had a wonderful Festive Season and that you are feeling inspired and motivated to dive into the year ahead?
Landing in the cold and rain at Heathrow yesterday was a bit of a shock to our systems after a very sunny and warm three weeks in South Africa. I took a complete break from bloggerland and the Internet at large and feel all the better for it.
Our holiday was fabulous.
We went to two gorgeous Weddings.
Holidayed with my Dad's Family in the Cape (there were about 30 of us!) and it was especially special to all be with my 88 year old Grandfather.
Went wine tasting, a lot.
Ate and drank far too much.
Went to the Strandloper restaurant for a 10 course meal on the beach, a post about that coming soon.
Spent time with Jen and Barks.
Were tourists in Cape Town with Ross, Cayl's, Mike, Taryn and Andy.
Did a Photo Hunt on the beach.
Celebrated Pete's sister Shelly and her boyfriend Gwa's engagement, one of my favouritest couples ever.
Hung out with Pete's very cool 94 year old Gran.
Spent time with my Uni friend Ped and his fiancee Al, and my old University housemate Nic and his girlfriend Kimmi. I really loved catching up with these special people from my studying days!
And we saw Brocco, one of our dear friends from London who now lives in Hong Kong.
We spent ages with cold drinks in hand looking out over the blue sea from Pete's Parents gorgeous apartment on the beach.
I taught an Integral Yoga class to my Family in the Garden on my Parents Farm. Read my brother's girlfriend Katie's post about it here.
My Mum taught me some of the new screen printing skills that she has learnt this year, she is SO talented and I can't wait to try out some more with the kit she has given me to bring back to London...
We spent quality time with our immediate family and aunts and uncles and cousins and their partners.
We met my cousin Struan and his wife Ash's gorgeous little baby boy, Luke.
And I got to know some of my little cousins a whole lot better.
I finally got a Chakra necklace, and it's beautifully hand made by my very talented aunt. I've been wanting one for ages and I'm so excited to have been able to bring some back to London if anyone else would like to buy one!
We dipped our toes in the cold sea in the Cape and swam in the warm sea in Durban.
We took loads of Photo's.
I was amazed again by how beautiful the farm that I grew up on is.
We Laughed and laughed and laughed!
And acted childishly and sang Happy Birthday to my Uncle Ross on his Birthday each time we got to a new place. We were wine tasting at various Wine farms that day, and there were 15 of us, so we sang a lot, and loudly.
Other than waking up on Christmas day with a terrible cold and still not feeling 100% yet today, it was the most perfect holiday.
Unfortunately I didn't get to see everyone that I wanted to, but hopefully I will next time we are back in April or July this year.
Mostly this holiday, I realised that as much as I love London, and right now- there is no other place that I would rather live, my heart is in South Africa.
And in a few years, it is most definitely where we will call home.