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The Wedding

Whoa what a weekend !!!! I think there are quite a few tired little and big faces right about now πŸ™‚

Lets rewind a little thou … Friday: it was unfortunately time to leave the lodge and Kruger Park, but we were heading to the wedding so it wasn’t all bad πŸ™‚

The lodge where Charmaine and Lance are getting married is on the other side of Jo’Burg so we headed almost all the way back to home and then veered off in the direction of the lodge.

We arrived at the lodge about half 4 and checked into our digs for the next few days.

Zebra Lodge 2
Zebra Lodge 2
Doing it hard in Africa
Doing it hard in Africa
Looking up to one of the other lodges
Looking up to one of the other lodges

We were then treated to a lovely cool and cooling lightening and rain storm before it blew on through.

Lovely rain
Lovely rain

Once the storm blew through and it was time for dinner we all assembled on the lawn for a scrumptious braai.

The amazing lawns, fire pit and braai area
The amazing lawns, fire pit and braai area

Saturday morning we opted for a drive around the lodge and saw …

Blesbok
Blesbok
I think someone is lost (an Eland amongst the zebra)
I think someone is lost (an Eland amongst the zebra)
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Jimbo the Giraffe

We also saw some Nyala, but we didn’t spot the sables in the morning but were lucky enough to see them later that afternoon and the buffalo also decided to hide.

Once we had had some lunch it was time to get ready for the big event.

The reception area all set up
The reception area all set up

The wedding was just beautiful. The boys were absolutely dashing,

The boys - Ross, Dylan and Lance
The boys – Ross, Dylan and Lance

The brides maids beautiful as always and the bride looked amazing!

Father and Daughter
Father and Daughter
Mr and Mrs Theron
Mr and Mrs Theron
The Family
The Family

The tables looked fabulous

Table settings
Table settings

Papa Frank gave a brilliant speech

Papa Frank
Papa Frank

The best man (Lances son Dylan) ensured there was not a dry eye in the house by the time he smashed his speech!

Dylan
Dylan

The groom had a hard act to follow but he did ok I guess πŸ™‚

The Groom
The Groom

The food was once again scrumptious

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Entree
Mains
Mains

We partied late into the night and everyone had a fantastic night.

Sunday morning we had breaky, loaded up the cars and trailer with all the wedding gear and started to make our way back to Jo’Burg with a stop in at Bela Bela for lunch with the ‘family’ before making the final trek back to jozi.

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The Party

Well the time had arrived – well for the first party any way – Bernadine and Steve’s party at Frank and Shirley’s. We had all done our shopping and jobs yesterday ready for both the party and the week ahead. So it was up and at ’em early, the cars loaded up and the whole family piled into the cars. We headed off to Frank and Shirley’s whilst the boys headed off to Ross’ hockey matches before joining us a little while later.

The house and yard looked spectacular, Scotty was cooking up a storm with the lamb on a spit and the weather was glorious.

Bernadine and Steve had flown in from New York that morning and were still upright so things were going swimmingly.

It was a great day and hopefully they had as much fun as we did πŸ™‚

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All set up
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Scotty tending the meat
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hmm yes it appears security needs a good talking to at the main gate !!!

 

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Staff Meeting

After another good night sleep, a slightly later wake up from the hotel managers and a cuppa under our belt we headed off to do a wee bit of shopping before heading to Charmaines folks for a braai (bbq)

We stopped to buy a worm farm for Charmaine’s mum and Lance g-d bless his little soul also picked up some awesomeness yummy big bag of biltong

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Bag of yumminess – Biltong

From the garden centre we headed to the butcher to stock up on our braai supplies and then it was on to Frank and Shirley’s for the staff meeting.

Charmaine’s sister Bernadine was recentlyΒ  married in Las Vegas and is heading home to RSA for her wedding so her mum and dad are having a bit of a shing dig for her and we have all been willing roped into helping out on the day. But before the big day can go ahead a staff meeting was called to make sure all bases wee covered and everyone knew what they needed to bring.

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Once the staff meeting had adjourned we lit the braai and settled in for the afternoon.

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