28.06.2011 - 02.07.2011 4 °C
This week has been amazing, seeing family again that I haven't seen in years! I'm currently near Pretoria staying with my aunt, uncle and two cousins on their small farm plot. After a quite smooth flight to Johannesburg, my uncle, Martin and cousin, Terrance met me at the airport (luckily they had a small sign with my name on ;-) as I literally hadn't seen them in over 10 years).
After landing, my aunt, Alex and cousin, Abby, showed me around the house and the farm plot. They have 3 adorable dogs, and Abby has 3 horses too. They also have geese and chickens running around the plot (the geese will chase and nip at you), and then some doves and finches in aviaries. I went with Abby for her singing lesson, and then when we got back we rode around the farm on the quad bike! So much fun!! Abby and I also did some baking for dessert after dinner! We made these awesome apple puff pastry things. Yummmm so good! It's so cold here at night time I have 4 blankets and a hot water bottle!
Abby and I went horse riding on the farm. She has a arena with all the letters in place like a proper riding school on a section of the farm. I did some trotting, cantering and even a few jumps! I couldn't believe I actually remembered how to horse ride as its been nearly 10 years since I last rode properly! Was so great, and in the sun you can wear just a t-shirt as you warm up really quickly.
Later we went to 'Wet Nose', a small cat and dog rescue and re-homing center. It was sad to see all the animals that you don't know will be re-homed, but we also were allowed in any enclosures, so we went in and played with the puppies and kittens!
As it has been much colder than I thought, we popped to a nearby shopping center so I could buy some extra layers. It was brand new and ridiculously clean and quite!
I flew to Durban to visit my grandparents. I flew with an airline called Kulula, if you ever get a chance to fly with them, do it, they have a comedic attitude to the whole thing and make it a very entertaining flight.
My granny took me to the Shark Board almost as soon as I landed. Its an educational shark site, where we watched an information video on how they keep the waters safe for swimmers, and then we watched a shark dissection! Pretty grim, but really interesting as well! The shark was pregnant so there were baby shark pups inside it still!
I saw dolphins swimming in the sea from my bedroom window first thing! Apparently there is a sardine run soon, so the dolphins gather for long periods at a time near to the coast. My granny took me to PheZulu overlooking the thousand hills valley. We had a guide take us around the reptile park, learning loads about crocodiles! We then got asked if we wanted to hold a python, so me and my granny held this huge python around our necks! So heavy!
That evening after dinner we watched some of the Andy Murry game before going to bed.
This morning I went for a walk along the beach with my granny before catching my flight back up to Lanseria airport. Me and Alex went for a walk with the dogs when we got back home, and I've just about repacked all my things into my big suitcase ready for the bus ride to Phalaborwa tomorrow.
I've had such a lovely time seeing all my family again! Durban was so sunny and amazing, and having a beach view at all times was lovely, as well as seeing my grandparents again. The farm already feels like home, it's sad to be leaving it so soon, but I am looking forward to Phalaborwa a bit more now!
Missing everyone back home so much! Hope everyone is well!