Thursday, February 17, 2011

Life is good today 17 Feb 2011

Loved this sign !!

My kind of boat !!

Today is Maddie's birthday (DS girlfriend) & she is lovely, so happy happy birthday Maddie hope it was a day of dreams.

The only thing that drives me nuts here in our little bit of paradise is mozzies ! They bite me not hubby why who knows. I have tried everything, at about 4pm I get about 8 lots of mozzie repellant coils & start burning them - I think they make no difference. So anyone with answers or tips please help. They even get under the mozzie net.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Inhambane Town

The rain coming in

We ventured into Inhambane this morning, to get gas, electricity vouchers (we have a meter here) fresh pau (local bread) and some chocolates of course.

Inhambane is a town recovering from a long drawn out civil war, there is a feeling of hope & progress here, the people are so happy & friendly. Our cottage fridge has given up the ghost after 14 years not bad & there is no one to fix it that we can find so we went looking for fridges too not expecting much. Well we were pleasantly surprised the local chinese and a couple of indian shops had some. We eventually narrowed it down to a defy for 17500 mets - the exchange rate today was 4.29 rands to the met. We emailed the committee to get the go ahead - still waiting. In the meanwhile we are using one of the freezers as a fridge and we are fine.

The sun shone brightly this morning but at about 2pm the wind picked up and turned the sea on its ear & the rain squalls began - we had got a touch of sun this morning in town walking around and of course in the pool after town so I had a lazy afternoon sleep woken up by hubby with coffee.

Last of the fresh fish tonight with chips & salad & we are going to enjoy chocolate ice cream later mmm no wonder we love relaxing here.


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Back to Mozambique

We left on Friday morning, travelling up to Blue anchor inn just 50kms outside Maputo. It was such a lovely trip & the borders were a breeze both Swaziland & Mozambique side. We left Blue Anchor early 4.30am on Saturday morning & were at our Tofo cottage by 10am unpacked & relaxing.
We had bought a fresh baracuda from the rowboats on the beach by 12pm - its fantastic to go down as they come in & buy fresh fish. Needless to say fresh fish & salad for dinner.
I love Mozambique, the scenery is gorgeous, the sea & Tofo bay is wonderful, the beach sand squeaks as you walk on it & its very hot, very hot - we are blessed to have a small pool & we live in it if we are not on the beach or swimming in the sea.
The local Mozambique people are lovely & laid back & happy. We support the local market for fresh produce & of course the fisherman in the boats & we have got to knw a few quite well.

The best part for me is only hubby & I here, so I get lots of me time - its quite & peaceful, I can read, scrap & walk on the beach for miles just swim when you get hot and relax. Its just so blissful & I must admit it restores me. I love the time for me to read my Bible when the sun is coming up or going down - its incredible.
I know we may not get up here again this year because we want to visit the Kalahari but still I just make the most of everyday.
Well off to stir fish curry for dinner & a nice cold drink will be great now. Its hot but the wind is picking up apparently there is a cyclone hitting Madagasgar which means we will get the bad weather too.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Sad today just for a while.

Its the 2nd of Feb 2011 & I am sad ! My very good friend has another tumour & its not an option to operate at this stage - so its back to chemo followed by radiation & lots of prayers. The worst thing is she lives in Mauritius far away & today we were chatting but she really just needed a hug. Its hard & makes me sad.

My SIL has issues with her Dad & she lives in New Zealand - no hugs either or taking them a meal so she can visit with her folks or just being there. I find it hard on me & more so on them. I so believe family lives are meant to be intertwined.

I guess sometimes there is time for quiet sadness but I don't deal with it very well, so I think getting it down & out there is my way of just trying to deal with it.

These roses make me smile and remember that even something so beautiful still has thorns & life isn't always sunshine & flowers.