Tuesday, July 4, 2017

JUNE 2017

 Hello my princess Emily!

My lost suitcase finally arrived and I was able to give you the presents I bought for you in Spain - a picture book about Santiago de Compostela, a Camino t-shirt and two party dresses.

You are learning how to play chess so I bought you a small chess set to practise with.  You played with Gumpy at our house using the 'Magic Table' chess board and you did really well.

You are also doing pottery and this is a bunny that you made for your Aunt Candice.

Jeff and Richard came to stay for a weekend to watch the rugby.  
You were there to meet them at the airport.

Jeff took the family out to dinner 

 At the rugby you got an autograph from the TV Sports presenter 

After rugby we had a braai at our place.

Gumpy and I went to your school sports day.  You took part in the star event.  Your house won!

 We are planning a sleepover during the July holidays and I am so looking forward to that!

Love you lots my angel-child,

Granny Syl

Saturday, June 3, 2017

MAY 2017

My darling Em,

I was away for most of this month, walking the Camino to Santiago with Gail.  You know that Jeff had a big operation on his throat and neck last year after being diagnosed with throat cancer. 
Afterwards he needed chemo and radiation and Gail cared for him and stayed with him during his treatments.  This meant that they couldn't walk with Gumpy and me in Italy to Rome.  Gail was very disappointed but I promised her that when she was ready, I would walk with her in Italy or Spain.  She chose Spain and on 9th May we flew to Spain to start our Camino.

Tammy sent us photos of you while we were away and on your Dad's birthday we spoke to you all on Skype.  We missed all the May birthdays and the birthday dinner.

You did your 400m swim while we were away.  We were so proud of you Em!!

You had an outing with Mecayla.

The mermaid swimsuit I'd ordered for you was 
delivered - you look great in it - like a princess mermaid!

One night we stayed on a small farm owned by a family with 4 children.  This is Ruth who wanted a photograph wearing my glasses!  She is 9 years old and she introduced us a game called Story Cubes. It was such fun I decided to buy one for you when we got home.  

Every day while we were walking, we checked out the paths with you and Mark in mind for our Family Camino next year.  Some of them were very rocky and so some days I did a different route to Gail, looking for a smoother path for you and Mark to follow.

On the way home our flights were cancelled at Heathrow airport and we had to spend a long time on the plane, in the airport and 2 nights in London.  

The British Airways computer systems crashed all over the world and thousands of flights and hundreds of thousands of passengers were affected.  This was Heathrow Terminal 5 at about 10pm on Saturday 27th May.

Nobody could get their luggage because the system wasn't working so we all had to leave the airport with no luggage.

We finally got back home on Tuesday without our luggage but it was eventually delivered to us by couriers a few days later.

I was so happy to see you again but most of the presents I bought you were in the missing suitcase so we had to wait until the end of the week for it to be delivered.

Although I enjoy going on Camino walks, I always miss you and am so happy to be home so that I I can see you and give you a big hug!

Love you lots like Jelly-Tots!


Monday, May 8, 2017

APRIL 2017

My darling, precious Em,

What a busy holidays you had this month!  You had a school fun day.

It was warm enough for you to swim and we spent some time playing on the big lilo your folks bought you for Christmas.

We went to Tembe Elephant park the first weekend in April  It was a combined birthdays and anniversaries celebration.  Gumpy's birthday is on 8th April, our wedding anniversary on 12th April, Sharon's birthday on 29th April, your Mom and Dad's anniversary on 2 May, your Dad's birthday on 15th May, Mom's on 24th, Greg's 26th and Sharon and Greg's anniversary on 30th May.  Only you and I have birthdays in different months.

You enjoyed the Game Drives, even when the elephants almost surrounded the vehicle and we had to keep very quiet and not move.  They had a tiny baby and all the adults were protecting it.

You also enjoyed the school group choir that come to give us a show on Saturday night.  You got up and danced with the lead dancer as he lead them in song.

The next day we saw lions at the waterhole.  The mother has a collar and the three cubs stayed close to her most of the time.

Tom Mahamba is the Hospitality Manager at the camp and one of the head guides.  He know every plant, insect, bird and animal you find in the park.  He can also jump very high from a standing position and you were really impressed with that!

Out in the park with Vusi, our game guide for the weekend.  He let you help with the coffee and teas.

Then you had to go for your treatment.  You are very brave and you don't even whimper when they put the port into your hand.

You and your folks flew to Johannesburg and spent a week with Gail, Jeff and the boys.  You followed Craig around the Golf course.

But you had the best time at the river with your cousins and friends.

 You lost another tooth!

 These are the neighbours' puppies

You and your Dad on the big rubber tube


On the way home you got to sit in the pilot seat

We were so happy to see you that we made you a welcome home sign
 when we fetched you from the airport.