In 6.5 years, I don’t think Sox and I have ever really gone away for a weekend. Weekends are his busiest time, work wise, and we usually take a long holiday overseas in the middle of the year.
This past weekend was the exception and off we went to join some of our friends and their families for a weekend away.
It didn’t start off all that well. As we got into the highway, an alert light came on that something was wrong with our tyre. We took a detour to a petrol station, pumped up the tyres, got back on the highway and within 3 kms, we could feel the tyre was flat again. We clearly had a puncture and needed to drive slowly, all the way to Somerset West to a tyre place. A trip that was meant to take 1.5 hours (if that), took us close to 3 hours.
Georgie was a little trooper through it all, and the guys at Hi-Q were so sweet playing with him in the reception area. They fixed the puncture quickly… this nail was in our tyre… and we got back on the road to meet up with our friends.
As we got out of the city, the roads starting changing from winding around buildings, to winding around fields and orchards. Elgin, is known for it’s apple orchards and it’s serenely beautiful. We turned down Appletizer Road, and followed the signs all the way the Elgin River Lodge.
Our friends were all settled in, and we joined them by dropping our luggage in our log cabin and having a glass of wine on the deck.
Since we arrived later than we had hoped, we went straight into feeding Georgie and getting him ready for bedtime.
I wasn’t sure what it was going to be like, sleeping in the same room as Georgie… I thought he’d wake and see us and want to be with us, but he slept through and when he did wake at 04h30, he put himself back to sleep in his camp cot, until 06h30. Clever boy!
I must admit, I wasn’t expecting the weather we had. In my mind, we were going to be boiling hot and dipping in and out of the river. I had packed my bikini, shorts, strappy tops, summer dresses and I had one warm-ish long sleeve top and my light weight denim jacket. Just before we left, I thought I’d grab a little GAP jacket, plus a long pair of tracksuit pants and matching top for George (the rest of his clothing was full summer) and thank goodness I did. It was really cold. Georgie lived (and slept in his tracksuit for 2 days.) The Lodge even gave us hot water bottles for the evening.
We unfortunately didn’t get to experience a weekend away, by the river at it’s full capacity. We never got to go for a cocktail cruise as it was too windy and cold, and we didn’t really get to make use of the river, how we thought we would. Still, it was lovely to spend time together as a group, and to see the kids playing in the large garden area with a little Wendy house, soccer nets and hammocks.
When the sun came out, it was lovely… but it kept playing hide and seek with the clouds and going from warm to chilly.
On Sunday after breakfast, we hit the road back to CT, which ironically was boiling hot.
Despite the weather, it was such a lovely change of scenery and such fun to spend time with Laura, Alexi and their twins; Juls, Johno and their 2 little girls; Kim and Marc and their 2 daughters, and David, Dani and their 3 sons!
PS. I do wish I had got more photos of all of us as a group! It’s funny how my photos really just consist of the kids these days! Next time 🙂