On Friday morning, way before the sun came up, 8 adults, 4 children, 4 bicycles, 2 cars and a trailer set off from Newmans Avenue along the N2 towards Victoria Bay. Annie and Natasha had decided not to come - Annie to fulfill some dancing commitments and 'avoid family drama', and Natasha in favour of a weekend away with her friend. In their place, we got Brendan, (originally) my friend, (now also) Andel's cycling partner, and a fast-becoming fully fledged member of the extended Hendricks family.
|All bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, at 05h00 in the morning!|
|The newbie gets to do the work|
|So how long is this trip supposed to take?|
|Breakfast at Wimpy in Heidelberg|
|"Hey Pinky, are you thinking what I'm thinking? ..."|
We arrived at Carmel in Victoria Bay just before noon. Once we'd checked in and unpacked, we all snuggled into the green bus, and head to Knysna to allow the Andel, Brendan, Pops and Ash to register for their race - and to stock up on supplies for the weekend.
|Our home for the weekend|
|When the boys aren't close Jorj still gets a carry|
|I'll wait here in the car with my Yaya, thanks|
|Ethan has the same idea - wake me when we're moved in|
|More than enough room for this brood|
|The exquisite view over Victoria Bay|
On Saturday, after a late and lazy breakfast, we took a drive into George before returning to enjoy the facilities at Carmel. We spent the afternoon on the tennis court and in the park, enjoying the warm winter sun and beautiful surroundings.
|Jorja and I making breakfast for the famiglia|
|Matthew practicing rolling over, while waiting for breakfast|
|Tennis doubles: PJ and Brendan vs. Papu and Andel|
|Aunty Dom teaching Ethan how to see-saw|
|Yaya and Matthew enjoying some sun|
|Jorja and Ethan baking tea-time treats in the sand|
|Don't mind me - I'm just going to enjoy my bottle so long|
|Where's he? There he is!|
|That tennis must have been really exhausting!|
Sunday morning for the cyclists started with a healthy breakfast and some possibly not-so-healthy concoctions. By 07h00 they were on the road to Knysna. The rest of us were left with a child each (all 4 years old or younger), house in disarray, and nursery rhyme dvd on repeat. I think we spent most of the morning trying to protect Matthew from some rather rough hugs and kisses from Ethan and Zac! We later drove down to Knysna and were able to catch Pops and Ash on the road just before they finished. In celebration of a really good race for everyone, we threw a braai feast!
(Even the most ardent red-meat fan experienced the effects of a slight hangover the next day!)
|Ash eating the breakfast of champions|
|Of course Zac had to wake up to say goodbye|
|As did Ethan...|
|... and Matthew...|
|... and Jorja!|
|Ready to ride|
|Taking the kids on a stroll to pass some time|
|Like father like son!|
|Babysitter in training|
|Meanwhile, back at the ranch: Where'd everyone go?|
|When all else fails - resort to interactive edutainment *blush*|
|Ash and Papu on the home-straight|
|So proud of their Mommy; even happier to see her!|
|Is this where Daddy was all morning?!|
| Our champion cyclists - team JABA|
(and boy do they!)
|Preparing the post-race feast|
|Rob and Dom cycle?! Imagine!|
On Monday, after a tractor ride and some breakfast, we packed up and started on the journey home.
|Two mommies and three nervous kiddies board the tractor|
|Feeding the ducks and geese|
|Picnic takeaways for lunch on the road|
It was rather sad to be leaving so soon, where there was still so much to do and see, but we had a good time, and I'm sure we'll be back there next year!
|PJ wondering if we have to bring Bren back :)|