Week 50 – Red Ivory wedding venue

I’m becoming quite the pro at fly-in visits to family & friends – especially if there’s a wedding involved. And this past week was no exception!

Family-friends of my family (?!) got married in South Africa (coz that’s where they’re from, and live), in Johannesburg, at a place called Red Ivory. And boy was it spectacular! And lots of fun!

I don’t have much to say for this blog post (saving my words for my degree πŸ˜‰ ) but the photos should do it justice. Enjoy πŸ™‚


What’s happened to ‘Something new’?

To answer that headline question… Nothing. I’m still out there, attempting new things each week, sometimes nailing it, sometimes not.

The problem is that I just have not been posting about them – and the reason(s) for that… well, it’s a long story and I’m not going to bore you with the unnecessary details.

But, since it’s been such a long time since posting anything new, I thought that instead of doing about 6 individual posts, I’d rather just sort of bullet point them below… hope you don’t mind πŸ™‚

Week 42 (15 – 21 October): in which I saw a swordfish!
That’s right… I visited the Dubai aquarium (actually went inside for the first time), and I saw a swordfish!!!


Week 43 (22 – 28 October): In which I wrote my first (short) story for my degree…. here it is πŸ™‚

The alarm has buzzed twice. Yes, she’s hit snooze once more on that darn contraption. Will it ever end?
The sun has started peeking through the bottom of the curtains that don’t quite reach the floor properly. What day is it today? It must be a work day if that alarm is going off. A work day means so much alone time for me.
Buzz, again. That’s three. She’s up, showers, dresses, kisses us goodbye. It’s now just us – the cats – for the day. A day of adventure, construction sites, that new drinking fountain she brought home yesterday, many naps, and trying hard to not get upset when he sleeps in my basket. Oh well. Nap time.
The key is in the door – she’s home!
Let me go fetch my gift… another dead rat. She shakes her head at me but lets me have my fun.
And then it’s bedtime again… time to curl up next to her as she closes her eyes and dreams her dreams.
I wonder if tomorrow is an alarm day or not?

Week 44 (29 October – 4 November): The week in which I receive my first ever DNF but then watch Michael Jackson!

I had registered for an exciting 15km race out at Mushrif Park, taking place within the park grounds, and being run on sand, grass, paving… all sorts of fun and new-ness. This race was to be my something new for this week, I just hadn’t expected it to be this type of new… the time that I DID.NOT.FINISH a race πŸ˜₯

Long story short, I started the race as intended, but after about 2 km’s I had issues and knew that I was not going to be able to finish. I made it to the start/finish area which was at the end of a 5km loop, turned off the course, took off my bib, handed it in and went home… and proceeded to drown my tears in beer…. and Michael Jackson!

That’s right…. MJ!
Friends of mine – the GerTalians – saw that an MJ tribute concert was being held in Dubai and so we very quickly bought tickets and headed off… and it was so worth it! The guy was excellent! Great MJ moves, has probably had extensive surgery to look like MJ, even sounded a bit like MJ in some of the songs… overall an exciting and hugely fun evening!


Week 45 (4 – 11 November): Stellenbosch WeddingΒ 
Obviously not mine!

The life of a jetsetter… being able to fly out to South Africa for 4 days to attend a friend’s wedding πŸ™‚
And best of all is when it’s held on a wine farm with the most beautiful settings, and sunsets, and set-up, and good fun party ❀

Week 46 (12 – 18 November): in which I visit Mr Miyagi’s for the first time!
My friend Al had her birthday there and WHAT FUN!!!! Even Deadpool made an entrance πŸ˜‰

Week 47 (19 – 25 November): the time I went on the QE2! For real!
My friend Teg had her birthday brunch on the QE2 and while we weren’t able to see much of the inside of the boat, it does still have this great feel to being able to say that we brunched onboard the QE2!

As always, I’m really hoping that I can now do my postings regularly… that’s the plan at least!

Catch you all on the flip side πŸ™‚

Holiday time!

Just a quick one to let everyone know that I’m off to South Africa for Christmas – spending it with the fam-dam again!

Cannot wait for family hugs and kisses, some time in the bush with the animals, meeting my best friends’ baby daughter, and just getting some proper chillax time in.

Wishing everyone a wonderfully Merry Christmas – may yours be filled with love, laughter, happiness, family, friends and presents!

Merry Christmas!!!