On Friday morning we set off on our annual weekend away, this time with newest (self-added) family member (Brendan) and significant others (Brendan's and Dom's) in tow. After three years, we decided it was safe to head back to the mountain cottage in Bainskloof without losing our minds trying not to lose our children.
We arrived in Wellington and enjoyed breakfast at the local Spur (following a short detour to Newton to collect set of keys #2, after we forgot to collect set of keys #1 in Cape Town). While we all enjoyed the breakfast and company - not to mention the Michael Franks music - I can officially state that there is no restaurant available to seat our entire brood in one booth. Thanks to our growing numbers (and Annie wasn't even with us this time because she had to teach her dance class on Saturday), we take up about half the space in any facility!
|Singing along to Michael Franks|
|Why pose for a photo when I can drink a fruit shake?|
We got to Bainskloof a little before noon (after a few more shopping related stops in Wellington), and it was hot! Setting up home took a little longer than we anticipated, what with all the bags, children and groceries (did I mention children?), but after that we were met with the yummiest quiches for lunch - it was worth the wait!
|Rustic Coaton Cottage...|
|...at the top of the Bains Kloof Pass|
To take advantage of the gorgeous weather (which we usually miss out on because we visit in the winter), we spent the rest of the afternoon at the river. You'd be forgiven for thinking that there was some mass baptism going on: 10 adults, 2 children and 3 toddlers in a river is not something you see everyday!
|Ash having some fun in the sun with her son|
|A VERY rare pic of Ash and PJ (he hates pics!)|
|Garth and the boys were reluctant at first|
|Papu and Matthew decided to give it a miss altogether|
|Brendan and Bronwen|
|The mass baptism I mentioned earlier|
Upon our return to 'camp' we just relaxed for the rest of the day - napping, eating, chatting and laughing. And so it continued for the rest of the weekend. By Sunday even Bronwen and Garth seemed like part of the famiglia, and thankfully showed no ill-effects of over-exposure to the kids, their screaming, and the general craziness of the Hendricks+ bunch.
|Spur Burger Braai|
|Dom and her non-boyfriend, Garth|
|PJ instructing Bren on how to make breakfast|
|The boys getting up to mischief|
|While Princess Jorja looks over her minions|
|Brendan and Bronwen making breakfast|
|Zac setting the table|
|The breakfast of champions, yum yum!|
|"No, Mom, I do not need you help. I can do it myself"|
|Is any camp-out complete without a potjie?|
|Dom and Garth preparing the braai|
|Yaya in her happy place, dancing in the kitchen|
|Good, wholesome braai - even Prof Noakes would approve|
|Papu taking a much-needed moment to himself|
|Andel serious about doing his shoulder rehab|
|Good ol' dumpies (is that how you spell it?)|
These next four pics were taken within seconds of each other -
just to show you what the children were up to at any given moment...
|Proof that Matthew does throw tantrums|
|Ethan watching Finding Nemo on the ipad|
|Zac reading his book, trying to look obedient|
|Jorja trying to break free from the boys!|
I think some of us (the mommies, in particular) could have done with a little more rest, but overall, it was a good weekend - definitely one to be repeated. Next year maybe!