Struisbaai – A week with three generations – Day 1 and 2

Thursday 11 December 2014

Today began a new chapter of my life – RETIREMENT!   Well I have had a chequered on and off career of teaching but with Earl’s retirement I know that the time has now come for me to call an end to my career too.   I bade farewell to my principal and colleagues just after 9 0’clock yesterday morning no regrets as the last three and half years have been very happy and I’ve left on a high note!

It was just an hour or so later than Earl and I along with our two teenaged grandsons hit the road to our holiday house in Struisbaai.

The Kokstad Clan – Daughter Lauren and Son-in-law Allan travelled up with the kids Shan 12 and Simon 10 overnighted in Graaff Reinet and arrived an hour after us at 3:30 this afternoon.

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Simon, Earl, Josh, Jay, Shannon

Proud Grandfather with his brood of grandchildren

Proud Grandfather with his brood of grandchildren

Josh and Simon play fighting

Josh and Simon play fighting

UNO - A favourite of our youngsters

UNO – A favourite of our youngsters

Friday 12 December 2014

This morning we were horrified to wake to rain and wind.  Not a fishing day!  But this did not dampen our spirits and it wasn’t long before it cleared up.  A trip to the local supermarket produced freshly baked break and croissants which accompanied Grandpa’s famous Earlie Brekkie.

Bonding over a good S.A. Braai

Bonding over an “Earlie” Breakfast

The adults went off to the Wine Boutique in Agulhas while the kids went to explore the rock pools.  Earl and I also popped into Potpourri a favourite gift/coffee shop that I love to browse in.  Grandpa spotted a poster that he just had to have.  Most appropriate don’t you think?

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Excursion to the Rock Pools

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My favourite granddaughter – (I’m your only granddaughter, Granny!)

Gathering the family together is far from peaceful. It is full of noise, attention seeking, teasing, laughter, bantering, chatter and fun, fun, fun.

Our older grandsons are amazing with their younger cousins.  Jay 17 and Josh 16, always relate well to them and make sure they have a good time. They include them in the board games, take them off to the beach without the adults and make sure everyone does their fair share of the chores!

Our other two daughters had to work till lunch time today so only joined us at 3:30 this afternoon.   Laurie brought her friend, Annie, visiting from London along too. So we now have a household of 11!

Laurie and Annie

Laurie and Annie

Lisa and Earl - Allan braaing in the background

Lisa and Earl – Allan braaing in the background

Annie, Shannon, Laurie

Annie, Shannon, Laurie

Simon, Shan and Jay

Simon, Shan and Jay

Playing Clue

Playing Clue

Good old S.A. Braai

Good old S.A. Braai

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2 thoughts on “Struisbaai – A week with three generations – Day 1 and 2

  1. Enjoy this new chapter in your life Helen. You have a beautiful family, It looks as if great fun is had by all, enjoy the holidays!
    Lotsa luv Ray and Percilla x

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