There are benches scattered in shady spots .... it was a scorcher of a day - hence the photo is not that good but this path leads to the cactii and aloes section ....
Bradley ran ahead of us pointing out different plants and flowers along the way. Connor too, stopped at intervals pointing to flowers and smelling them. (We have taught them well ... to appreciate nature, the environment and their surroundings !!!) Bradley stopped at a dandelion and shouted "Wow, Granny, look at this HUGE dandelion ... it's enormous !!!" But wouldn't stay put for me to take a photo of it with him. Connor became my willing subject!
Took two tired and very hot little boys home - and ... yay .. my car is air conditioned!! (Had to use my car as I have the two car seats for the boys). Weren't home long before Jeanette and Elaine came back after their successful shopping trip. I must add .. my eldest daughter has taught the youngest daughter how to shop ... they do it well !!!!!!
They also said that I need to go and do my food shopping quickly .. like now .. don't delay ... as the shops are bedlam with shelves emptying rapidly and long queues at till points. Oh no! So much for my quiet day!! Actually, it wasn't toooo bad by the time I got there - the shelves were being replenished with fresh stuff - maybe I was the lucky one after all - although the queues were still long! Just home in time to make a salad and organise our braai (barbeque) food to take with us as we were going to a party !!! Yes, a party !! We haven't been out on New Years Eve for many years. We tend to stay at home and have a quiet evening. Fireworks in the area drive the dogs mad - our little Jackie included - and we always feel that it isn't worth going out leaving the dogs when they are so frightened. We have heard of horrendous stories of dogs jumping through glass windows, leaping over huge garden walls, running away etc. There are by laws for the prevention of the use of fireworks but most people don't abide by the law.
Elaine went to the vet to get a calmative for Jackie, just in case, and she said there was a queue of people also getting the same for their animals. So sad that we have to do this for the sake of other people's fun.
The party was great - we all stood or sat in the garden on a balmy summer's evening .. until we could see a storm brewing in the distance and everyone grabbed their meat to slap onto the braai grids. The heavens opened just as most the meat was cooked then there was a mad scramble to get everything indoors. Quite a few drenched people later, we carried on indoors and saw the New Year in with the 'old' sounds of Abba !! The stage play and movie 'Mama Mia' was very popular here (I got the DVD for Christmas - love it!) It's the kind of movie that makes you smile all the way through, while tapping your feet and singing along with the songs!! I suppose only if you like Abba music !!
Note the microphones !!
And our little Jackie ... she had scratched the passage door so hard that it unlatched (although it doesn't close all that well .. we usually lock it at night to keep the 'baddies' out!) So much for the calmative !!!! BUT thank goodness for the rain which I am sure put a 'dampener' on the fireworks this year! Jackie is petrified of thunder too, so that added to her stress. Happy little doggie when we got home .. rewarded her with a nice 'choccie'. Robbie, the labrador doesn't give a hoot about thunder or fireworks but he got his 'choccie' too!!
Richest blessings, peace, love and laughter to all for the New Year