Just a very quick update so that you guys at home know that I am alive and well....and having the most amazing time - my only regret is that you three are not here, experiencing and sharing the dream with me as I am missing you all so much.
OK - so here's what I've been up to since I waved you all good bye last week.
Day 1 - flight from Bristol was fine - arrived in Amsterdam and managed to grab a quick bite to eat before jumping on my flight to Jo'berg. Flying over the dessert was an unbelievable sight to see.....miles and miles of nothing but sand!
Arrived in Jo'berg 12 hours later and met up with Glenda (event organiser extraordinaire), Aunty Val (Glenda's right hand woman - and what a woman she is - I ADORE her and know that you would too) and Tami ( Prima's Product Development and Creative Director) - who is one of life's sweeties and has been my room mate through out this amazing adventure.
Day 2. Woke to delish food - then headed off to the convention centre to be part of the retailers day and spent the evening with the rest of the guys and gals who are all here teaching.
Day 3. Taught a class to 154 delegates who all enjoyed playing with Prima and having a little fun distressing and bashing the heck out of flowers :D
Day 4. Another day teaching - this time to 124 eager students who all created the most stunning pages.
I need to say a big thanks to all Jo'berg dharls for making my time spent with you so amazing.....you are all THE BEST.
Day 5. Early rise to set off to Jo'berg airport where we took a flight to Port Elizabeth......followed by a 45 minutes car journey to heaven on earth - Kichaka.
At 3.30pm we set off for an afternoons game drive and spotted hippo's, cheetahs, Nelliphants and a whole host of bugs, birds and other beauties.....I even ate termites!!!! Yep.....I ate real life, straight out of the ground termites - which tasted just like Christmas trees - weird huh?
We pulled over for much needed refreshments and picked a spot to settle down in the bush to watch the sunset.
The evening sunset reduced me to tears - the sky became the most amazing fiery red - you know how much red skies remind me of my dad - remember the night he died and how the sky was so beautiful and how Bobs said that the sky was so red because Grand Pappy was up there now making it warm - so the skies last night really made me miss my Dad so much but it kinda felt like he was here with me.....if I could have had you with me right at that moment, I think I would have been the happiest woman alive.
We really HAVE to come back here as a family and share this amazing ride together....I know you would all love it just as much as I do.
Anyways - we arrived back from the game drive VERY cold - its like 14 degrees here and overcast......but the roaring log fire soon warmed our bones.
We enjoyed the most divine meal and then headed off to bed.......our room is soooo luxurious.....just look!!
Day 6. Jamie, our drive ranger woke us from our slumbers with an early morning call - and off we went back out to discover more of the natural beauty which surrounds us.
Our early morning game drive proved successful and we spotted lions - with cubs too.
We saw a giant bull Elephant - and I mean huge - seriously it was soooo much larger than I had ever imagined an elephant could be - anyways - the Elephant got a bit pi%%ed with having a group of tourists invading his turf - so he started to get a bit gnarly and decided to charge at us!!! OK so it was for all of a blip second - but my heart was beating sooo fast as the adrenalin began to surge - it was all over before it began, as our expert ranger took control and told the big guy to relax and back off - it really was quite scary at the time!
We got back from the game drive just in time to enjoy a scrumptious breakfast and then spent the rest of the day relaxing before heading out again on our third game drive.
We didn't manage to see any Rhino today - but we did see lots of Giraffes. One of the Giraffe was limping really badly because just a few days ago her baby was taken by the lions and killed - the rangers think that maybe she got injured too and so they are going to get her checked out by the vet tomorrow - its a bit like the TV programme Wild at Heart - LOL!!
We saw a group of nine Nelliephants which were amazing to watch - well until they all decided to charge at us!!!!! This time it was REALLY scary and we had to make a fast getaway in the truck. I managed to get it on film, so when I get home you will see for yourself.
I'm just off to bed now because we need to leave here very early tomorrow - we are heading down to Cape Town by plane. We will be there for a couple of days, spending our time sight seeing and checking out Table Mountain. If I get up early enough in the morning - at 4.30am - I may just be able to see a Rhino before we leave the reserve.....some of the guys here are all wanting to go out on another game drive before we leave - but we will see....4.30am is really early eh?
Missing you guys more than you will ever know.
I'll update some more when I can - Internet connection isn't so good here and mobiles work as and when they want!
Catch ya laters.