Easter picnic at Delta Park

We normally have a braai at my parents house on Easter Sunday… this year was different though. It was decided that we should have a picnic.

The park chosen was Delta Park. I spend a lot of time there doing photoshoots, and I knew that the general picnicking area close to the play area would be jam packed… and there’s actually not many trees around that area. Thankfully the kids are not littlies anymore, so a jungle gym keeps them occupied for 5 minutes if we’re lucky.

So, we decided on a spot relatively close to the car park, and far away from the crowds… and spotted the most perfect picnic spot in the shade of 2 amazing trees.

Well, the trees we chose were a godsend… the kids spent most of the afternoon climbing and clambering in them. And the rest of the time they played cricket and with the frisbee… it was a perfect perfect way to spend a Sunday! And the kids didn’t moan once about not being close to the playarea!!

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An awesome time at Kamersvol in Bryanston

I’ve just had the most awesome time today… a market with friends (and family), awesome live music by Matthew Mole, and fabulous food… and a spot of shopping!!

What a fantastic start to my long Easter weekend!!

I dropped the kids off at Hilary’s house this morning, and the 2 of us went to the Kamersvol Geskenke market being held at the Forum in Bryanston this weekend. I’ve been DYING to go to a Kamersvol market after seeing so many blog posts about them over the years, and I knew I had to make a plan to get to this one as soon as I saw posts about it! This is the first time it’s being held in Johannesburg… and I’m hoping they’ll do it here again!

I was in my element with all the gorgeous homeware, jewellery and clothing on offer at the market. I could’ve spent a fortune!

Apart from shopping, we also had some of the most awesome food. First, we bought cappuccino’s from Roast Republic (part of the profits go towards educating a community in Limpopo) and sipped on that while we browsed the market.

 

Then as we were almost finished browsing, my sister phoned and said they had a spot on the lawn in front of the stage, and Matthew Mole was about to start his set!! So off we went… and grabbed a most yummy pizza type bread thing to share (I cannot remember the name of the stall that sold it or what it was actually called… but believe me it was yummy). Oh and we bought some chocolate hot cross buns for dessert and drank some Persian Lime cordials!

And then it was time to settle down and enjoy Matthew Mole’s gorgeous music :)

 

 

 

It was an amazing few hours… it’s well worth the trip and the R75 entrance fee ;)  Just remember to take cash as well as a credit card, as not all the stalls took cards.

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Just me and the orange cones

I’m still running in circles.

Remember my post about Run Walk for Life last month? The post where I spoke about running around the field? Well, I’m still running around the field. I’m almost at the end though! I’m now running for 45 minutes… and when I get to 50 minutes of field running, then I get to run on the road.

I must say that I’m ready to leave the field now!

I do understand it though, and during the time I’ve been running in circles, I’ve been learning to pace myself properly… and all the times I’ve had to test my heartrate has taught me to understand when I need to slow down and take it easy. I also know when I’m not doing enough and when I could really go faster and further.

My photo tonight… well… that’s this evening’s run. I’ve been tracking my runs on my phone. It’s strapped to my arm when I run. I’ve been using the RunKeeper app to track my sessions… and I love the app… I also like that I’m connecting to my Facebook friends that run using the app too!

You can clearly see the circles I’ve been running ;) LOL!

You can also see that I’m now running more than 6km!  It wasn’t the fastest evening run I’ve done, my fastest pace so far is 7:02… I was quite happy with my run tonight.

If you’d told me 3 months ago that I would be running 6km 3 times a week, I would’ve laughed at you. In fact, a year ago I wouldn’t have even dreamed of running for 2km!!!

I also took a photo of the orange cone tonight for a reason.

RWFL was pretty quiet tonight, and my 2 partners in crime, who are at the same level as me weren’t there tonight. I ran on my own around that field for quite some time after all the others finished.

It was just me and the cones on a field that was getting darker and darker.

While I was running around I had plenty of time to think too. My blog used to be one of the only ways I’d express my feelings. It was cathartic… well, it actually still is. But I’m finding that running is clearing my head. After a heavy work day and endless traffic, I’m really enjoying running and not being able to think about everything that had been bothering me.

This running lark is proving not only to be good for my health, and for my weight (although I’ve only lost 1kg, I’ve lost 14cm and I’m getting people at work commenting about how my body has changed), it’s also good for my mind.

My next thing though, is to get a proper running watch. I really don’t want to run on the road with my phone strapped to my arm, not sure I feel like I can run fast enough for that potential danger ;)

 

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Bradley got the term merit

Bradley did it again… much to his surprise. He got the class term merit for this term. He really didn’t expect it. This year he’s actually had to work for his marks for the first time, it’s not as easy as it has been in the past. And we’re so pleased that his marks, although slightly lower than last year, are still awesome!

When he saw me at the back of the school hall, he got this massive grin on his face :) it was awesome to see!

So last night, we took the boys to the Spur to celebrate.

Connor was a little upset when he realised he wasn’t getting a merit, but we’ve promised that if his report is good (which it will be), that he’ll also get a treat next week. It’s tough being the little brother when your big brother always gets term merits and academic accolades… we’re going to have to be careful now and make sure that Connor is motivated.

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The boys on the steps

The boys were fighting and completely bored at home on Saturday afternoon, so they came with me to my photoshoot. It’s quite cool that they’re old enough now to entertain themselves in the park while I’m busy. And when I was finished I managed to get a few photos of them too before all hell […]

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Peejays for malaria

I got the most awesome pyjama pants last week… yes, I know, strange blog post!! LOL! But I love them so much that I have to spread the word I got a pair of Goodbye Malaria pants… they’re bright orange, which wouldn’t have been my first choice. If you know me well, you’d know that […]

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An old house and the sea and sugar cane fields

I went away with colleagues for 2 days to Umhlanga. It was an action-packed 2 days, and I came back completely shattered. Of course I took my camera with me, so I managed to capture a few things for myself while we were away. I only travel with one lens if I’m not planning on […]

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Nice books and a Nice breakfast

I went to a industry breakfast on Friday morning in Parkhurst, and I loved it so much I had to take photos of the place we went to! The breakfast was held in a small independant bookshop in Parkhurst called Nice. Next door to the bookshop is the actually Nice restaurant but I loved that […]

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Procrastination is the word

I’ll procrastinate a little… and blog instead of edit… and tell you a story about the word procrastinate… By the end of a long and busy day, the kids are always fighting and arguing about something. Tonight’s argument made me giggle though. Bradley must’ve read the word “procratinate” somewhere… and he must’ve decided it was […]

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Walking with butterflies at Kloofendal

We met Madelein and her kids at Kloofendal this morning for the butterfly walk. This is one of the many types of guided walks that are offered by Friends of Kloofendal, and it was awesome for the kids… and adults It was the first time my kids (and me) had done one of the day […]