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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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

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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A feast to behold

A dunno what sort of hotel my mate is running but it bloody wakes up at 6am – what the hell!

After crashing out completely last night and the hotel waking up at 6 we had a lovely cuppa and sat around chatting for a while before we headed to the shops to get a few things for the house and so we could get cash and the essential food I had been craving and missing.

Once we had finished at the shops we grabbed a light early lunch as we were on strict instructions from Charmaine’s sister to eat light and early before the hens night tonight.

We had an awesome highvelt storm before we getting ready to go with thunder and lightning and rain – it was brilliant 🙂

Late afternoon we headed to Charmaine’s folks place for drinks before the hems night feast to end all feasts.

We arrived at the restaurant at about 7pm and from that point onwards until 11.30pm they kept serving plate after plate of food – 15 courses in total.

The food was completely amazing and each dish was so completely different to the previous and next that it was hard for the brain and tastebuds to keep up or even balance them out.

Each of the dishes came with a matched cocktail, wine or dessert wine/port. So not only were we being stuffed full of food but we mixing drinks like you couldn’t even plan if you tried. Thankfully they were only small so we were able to end the night completely stuffed full of food but not also wrecked which was nice.

We headed home to crash as we were both feeling the effects of having landed just over 30 hours earlier.

Some of the dishes …

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Tomato several ways
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Cucumber several ways
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One of the cocktails
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One of the lamb dishes
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Chocolate Forest dessert
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Final 15th plate
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An African Adventure

Well its time for another little adventure. It’s been awhile since we have had an overseas adventure and quite some time since we had an extended holiday so to say we are looking forward to it might be understating the obvious.

Although for a little while I must say it really did seem that we may just not make it, but we have.

So why Africa? Well my usual answer would be why the hell not! For me its like a second home, an almost been there in another life familiarity that my soul craves. But this time the answer is – for a wedding. Not just any wedding, the wedding of my best mate, a mate i met in matric (South Africa’s Yr 12) in 1996. We became almost inseparable by the end of the school year with her house and family like a second home to me.

Since we finished matric I’ve been back a couple of times and she has been here. Even with the timezones and oceans between and both leading busy lives we have always maintained contact so it’s a friendship I cherish dearly, so to be going back to see her get married is magical.

With a lot of last minute running around, packing and de-packing we made it to the train and headed to Sydney for the night last night. The Holiday Inn seems to be our taking point for international travel so it’s nice to be somewhere familiar before we head off.

As it usually is Tash has a half empty light a#se bag and mine is bulging at the seams and significantly heavier – the tripod, monopod and tripod heads may have something to do with that 🙂

wpid-wp-1423173197870.jpegWe had a lovely dinner and drink at the hotel last night and we are now sitting in the Qantas lounge enjoying a relaxing breakfast before it’s time to board. The view of the city from the lounge is interesting.

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Well peeps that’s it from us for now, stay tuned and we will try to keep you updated with our adventures as we go along