26 January 2010

Caledon Spa gardens…

In South Africa when you say 2010 everyone thinks…  Soccer world cup! But then you do get some of us who has no clue about soccer, so the year is important to us for different reasons. For me and Danie 2010 is our 25th wedding anniversary. And that is today.

25 Years ago Danie excitedly plan our first two nights stay at Caledon Spa. He remembered going there as a six-year-old boy and how wonderful it was. Well, what impress you at six years old, is a bit different at 21 years old…

our room then…

But, in spite of the pinecones falling on the tin roof all night, the smell of the place… and the four bunk beds, we still have good memories of our first holiday together. We did however not stay the two days and left the next morning for Swellendam…
For our 25th Danie took me back to Caledon Spa.  No, we did not stay in a yellow ‘roadworkers hut”. The new   Caledon Spa Hotel was build on that same spot. Four star luxury.

the new room…

What made it even more special is that I had no idea of his plans. The first I heard, was on Friday afternoon when I was told to pack my bags! My sister ‘was in the neighbourhood’ and stopped for tea. She was actually there to look after the children till Saturday. And take them to ballet, tennis, gymnastics, kids and youth at church and tumbling!… Dankie Lielie!

Then Franci went to Caitlyn, Thanks Sharon and Peter!
Mandi went to Tiffany, Thanks Norma and Hans!
Jaco and Pieter went to Jason, Thanks Robert and Theresa!

Cheryn swapped with me for duties at church on Sunday. I thought that was because she was busy. Thanks Cheryn! Val didn’t even say a word when I signed up for the ladies picnic on Saturday. And so everyone knew, except me!

A wonderful, special surprise!! Dankie Danie!

the end of a wonderful weekend…


..and see what Rita said about us on Bold&Italics.

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10 thoughts on “26 January 2010

  1. nice sketch. those photos look amazing

  2. Rita

    Veels geluk, Danie & Cecily! Ons is saam met julle bly! – Pieter & Rita xx

  3. Lielie

    Dit was my plesier en het lekker saam met die kinders gekuier!! Geluk en nog 25 mooi jare saam!

  4. John de Villiers

    Wat ‘n ongelooflike voorreg om na 25 jaar dit nog so te kan ervaar. Baie geluk en ek wens julle nog 25 en meer pragtige jare saam toe. Appies

  5. lies

    Klink of dit heerlik was!!!

  6. Happy 25th to both of you!

  7. Thank you all. Cecily

  8. Hey Mooi Cecily – what a cool story – what a guy! well done Danie – And congratulations on 25 years – Stephen

  9. What a beautiful setting. That hillside looks very enticing to explore. Am I correct in thinking that agapanthus are native to South Africa? I have some in my garden that I rescued from another garden before a block of flats got built there!They are quite common as garden plants in SW France/N Spain.I love their intense blue.
    “Bonne continuation” with your marriage.

    • Hi Sonya. Agapanthus are quite common here, even on sidewalks or public spaces, which means that they don’t need much water, but if they are native I am not sure. All the agapanthus there was special to me, because my wedding bouquet was made up of that. She used the individual little flowers then. Thanks for the visit, Cecily

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