We will be right here for the next few weeks at the Beach house, a last minute change of plans.
this was the first object I ever bought for our beach house..a chiseled reproduction of the Oath of Hippocrates
(found at a museum shop in Schiathos- Greece)
I always pick a olive branch and tuck it behind the plaque- ALWAYS- when we arrive for a pause from life here..
We originally booked a 3 week trip to Argentina,some months ago when January was still way ahead. Departure date: 3rd January 2014 -the closer it came to finalising last admin about house sitter, dog hugging, walking, and packing travel bags instead of beach wear....we became more and more reluctant and not so eager to leave for so far away.
A few days ago,I threw it out there..." What if we cancel the trip for now?- just go to the beach house like we have been doing every year? for many years...the other two looked at me, eyes lit up, and what a great thing when a family is in sinc about a (sort of )important question!
So we took the option of paying the airline cancellation fees ( trusting another 1 or 3 people will be over the moon excited to have such short notice to travel to Bueonos Aires..and we have a full 12 months to use our tickets ( to same destination as originally booked) JAY!
yes, of course the fact that our pooch ~ Yentl~ can now be with us, weighed (very) heavy!
We will be spending the holidays looking at familiar views, walking known shores, feasting on catch from the sea and sitting down with our friends we have known forever..just a stroll away. No driving to much, impromptu summer entertaining and falling asleep to the sound of the sea. BLISS!
Perhaps we as a family are in need for a little quiet, some simple things, and that is a wonderful something to share...
Dizzy with excitement ,Dd and myself came down to the beach house , a few days ago to open all up, air the house that has not had fresh air since we left in January2013, after our last Christmas here..
Of course we had plans to come back more over weekends. But 2013 became extremely busy, and we could never even take one weekend away from commitments to stop and pause here for a while.
The house is now open, aired,cleaned with the help of a little
village team, and pantry stocked with fresh produce, we are pleased and thankful to have this really special place to come to..sorry house for neglecting you in 2013,we missed you and WILL REALLY make more time in 2014.
With the need for simpler things, we put together a Christmas tree made out of collected moss branches, shells, star fish and a few glass balls filled with shells we picked up..some biscuits that probably will not last long..if not eaten , sea air will soften them, but that is OK! We will add more shells and driftwood from daily walks ~there is so much beauty in nature.
opting for real advent candles
we will spend Christmas eve back in Stellenbosch for a previous commitment to have Christmas dinner with friends,
returning on 25th , spending time with our "other family" and remembering Marie, who we sadly had to say goodbye to in 2013..
Marie Woulidge, we will keep up the good work and do it just like every other year...
Wishing you all a truly blessed Christmas 2013
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