We left Hungary and flew overnight on a South African Airways 747 to Johannesburg, then on to Durban. We stayed at Greg and Becky’s new home in Waterfall, KZN, visited friends and acquaintances from our last visit, spent a weekend holiday south of Durban on the Indian ocean, but most of all were captivated by our granddaughter Felicity.
A picture is worth a thousand words, so here is a small book.
It’s harvest time in the Grand Valley. Thanks to abundant rainfall and a warm June, the peach harvest is very good this year. We bought a flat of organic peaches at the Grand Junction farmers’ market last week, and today, Georgia and I made peach jam and peach chutney:
Not only does it taste good, we know what went in it. No High Fructose Corn Syrup or mystery chemicals. Nice.
We postponed our Christmas gift exchange with the kids until Saturday, so that Jackie and Maria could be here.
This year, the kids all were told that they needed to pick out or make something for Georgia and me. So for one of the first times, they had the fun of watching us unwrap their presents as they gave us long explanations of what they meant by each gift. And they all had that anxious look of anticipation as they watched us open our presents, hoping we’d like them.
Katie gave us handmade tea bag rests she’d made at a local pottery paint-it-yourself store with some of her middle school friends. Emily made two really clever pictures, and found frames for them. Josh told Georgia that he knew she liked to cook and liked green things, so he used his allowance and bought her a tiny little green cooking pot; he said that he knew I liked tools, so he bought me a C clamp.
They need not have worried. We loved them.
It snowed a little bit, so Jackie could make a small snowman, and Jackie and Maria discovered why Jackie’s new car has a defroster.
Very nearly everybody came to visit over July 4:
Here are some pictures of the festivities
We just returned from spending a month in San Diego to escape the worst of winter and to spend time with Jackie. We stayed in a rustic bunkhouse on a horse farm steps away from the 805 freeway and a major shopping center. Only in Southern California!
2014 San Diego, a set on Flickr.
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