Sunday, 15 July 2012

What's it Like Where I Live? Photo Post {Cape Town Girls' Trip} & Putting Family First!

Hello again :)  I know this week has been a bit of a bloggy
write-off but all for a good cause!  Apart from illness running
rife in my household I've had my lovely 19 year old daughter
Chelsea home for the holidays & have enjoyed every minute
with her {not one argument so far and that's a first!} 

There she is below with her dad and her little sister Cam.  
Kids go back to school tomorrow so I'm hoping that my time
 off will come to an end and I can jump back on the 
scrappy/bloggy bandwagon before you all forget about me LOL! 

She still has one more week with us before heading back to uni
but with the other 3 back at school I'm hoping I can get back
to more of a semblance of normality as far as my blogging & 
scrapbooking goes. I have deadlines to meet so I really need to!
Sometimes family does have to come first and I know that you
 all understand that :)  Just sharing some BLACKBERRY PHOTOS
with you all of our recent trip away {putting that in capital 
letters there as they are not very good quality but soooo much 
easier than lugging my DSLR around everywhere!}  I did lug it
 about occasionally though of course so I do have more photos
 too but haven't edited all those yet :)

Snapped this one of my girls at the airport in Durban,
saying goodbye to their dad, as we were on our way!

Taken by hubby so from a dizzy height as he is 6 foot 5 inches!
Good thing too as shooting high to low is more flattering LOL!!

My daughters arriving at our place of accommodation!
All dressed up for the colder weather there as Cape Town
is around 10 degrees colder than our weather here in Durban.

Boulders Beach where we went on our last day to visit
the penguin colony - soooooo amazing!!

One of the little guys :)  There were dozens and dozens of them!

Cami took this photo of herself - herself!  Good job girl!!

Chelsea standing on the bridge/walkway with the Penguin Colony 
all around her - see them all in the background??

Cami with all the cute little creatures behind her :)

I held my phone high above my head for this one!  Pot Luck!!
{Okay to be honest there were quite a few misses too!}

Cape Town is a really beautiful place.  One of the most beautiful
cities in the world.  Of course still tarnished with squatter
 camps,etc but if you can only visit one place in South Africa I 
would recommend Cape Town.  Weather is very European & not
 tropical like here so we found it cold and it is almost always 
very windy!

It is a lot bigger and more eclectic than Durban, with some
 lovely old "heritage" architecture that I enjoyed very much.

Love this arty shot of my 2 girls walking down the road 
with a massive sunflare through the palm leaves...

Visiting my sister Lulu who is in a home for disabled people.

My girls with their Grandad - who soooo enjoyed spending 
some time with them as we last saw each other 3 years ago.

Arriving back at King Shaka airport.  I'm always happy to
be home!  I love stepping off the plane and feeling the warm, 
humid air - something that foreigners hate as it is hot and 
sticky but you get used to it & as it is Winter here it's lovely 
whereas Summer is intolerably hot for me. 

 Hope you enjoyed a peek into my African life :)


topkatnz said...

Love all those impromptu photos. At least half my photos are taken on my phone these days:)

Lea said...

Looks like you had a great time in a beautiful place. Love all the pictures! Thanks for sharing.

Alison said...

I DID enjoy that little peek at your life Helen...glad you're all feeling better
Alison xx

Alison said...

I DID enjoy that little peek at your life Helen...glad you're all feeling better
Alison xx

Michelle said...

Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed seeing a little bit of your area. I live in Wisconsin, on the border to MN. So, I am literally minutes from the Twin Cities, MN. The MN Zoo built a new exhibit at the zoo, an African Penguin exhibit, sponsored by 3M. It is really fun to get to see them. I think they are so neat!! :)

Denise Price said...

Looks like a great trip! Glad you had a nice time. Thanks for sharing all the photos. It's interesting to get a little peek into Cape Town. I must confess that I loved all the penguin photos, as penguins are one of my favorite animals. At Christmastime I decorate my house with penguins. (But they're nice to look at any time of year.) :)

Lynnda said...

I truly enjoying myself reading this post of yours... lovely photos as well... Looks like you had a great time in a beautiful place...Your daugters are beautiful..hugs...xoxo

Marelize said...

Gorgeous pics Helen! Looks like you had a fabulous time in Cape Town in spite of the weather. xx

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Looks like you are having a great time!! I loveeeeeeeeeee all the photos!!!!

Leonie said...

Hi Helen, nice seeing your relaxed holiday pictures.
Glad you've had such a nice time with your daughter home for the holidays.
Schools gone back for us too. It will be nice to get back into some sort of routine.
take care. x

yyam said...

Some of my fave photos were taken on my phone..if you are too busy fiddling with your camera, you just miss out on moments right? Love your family pics... Looks like a beautiful place to visit! :)

Stefanie said...

Fabulous photos, loved seeing everything through your lens. I think Cape Town is the best place in the world to live but will accept I am a trifle biased. It has been so cold here since you left, think you must have taken the last of the warm days with you.

Svetlana Austin said...

it seems you had really great time! I think that you were very lucky with the weather - at least it didn't rain! and I also just love Boulders! - in summer time :-)))

Bellaidea said...

Helen, you know I love when you share photos like that! Family ALWAYS comes first:), hugs and kisses, I`m happy you feel better!

Lizzy Hill said...

Great shots...sounds like you're on the mend. YAY!!!! Love the 'arty' one of the palm, too...& there's NO PLACE like home!!!!

Tracey Sabella said...

What wonderful photos!! Looks like you are having a lovely trip! ~ Blessings

Kerryn said...

Looks like you've been enjoying that all important family time. Hope the kids enjoyed the return to school, mine go back tomorrow, yay!

sandi said...

These pics are just fab Helen. Yes, it's great when the whole family is together. So glad you were able to capture such nice memories so well!

jeanie g said...

Hi Helen hope you're feeling better now and I loved reading about your trip. It's always interesting to see how other people live. Your girls are so pretty just like their Mom. xx

Mitra Pratt said...

looked like so much fun!! I can't wait to see the penguin pages...I can only imagine how cute they will be!!!


Great pictures, Helen! Can't wait to see them on your pages :)
Your girls look stunning!

Keren Tamir said...

Beautiful photos Helen!! Looks like u had a great time except for the flu

Fi said...

Well Helen you've definitely captured some beautiful moments here can't wait to see how you scrap them.

Eila Sandberg said...

LOVED seeing all the piccies from your trip, so happy Lulu enjoyed meeting you guys not forgetting seeing grand dad. Gosh, 3 years since you met him! Must have been awesome being so close to the penguins, amazing animals. Was thinking only this morning what the word "home" means to each and one of us, to you the hot and humid air stepping of the plane gives you a sense of belonging. To me it's the scent of pine needles, sweet green leaves and the special scent of the bracken water that encompasses my home town, cinnamon rolls and freshly mowed green luscious grass. Ahhh, home really is where one's heart is! xoxo

Marjie Kemper said...

Fabulous shots! I had no idea penguin colonies existed... love learning about your African life!

MarĂ­lia Lopes said...

Oh, what a delight to post!
Helen her daughter is beautiful! It is much like you.

Lynette said...

Yes...Cape Town will always be my favourite destination in South Africa...for the scenery and my darling sister who lives there. Great photos Helen.

Diana said...

Great phone photos!
I went to Cape Town on my honeymoon. Did I ever tell you that? Loved it. Visited those penguins too.