Like the weather – rain coming down in a steady deluge today in Johannesburg and Pretoria – the last few days have been full indeed.

Thursday, Jonathan and Hayley and grandson Gabriel arrived in Joburg after a stay in Cape Town, with my mom in tow, a few hours behind Hayley’s parents Mike and Karen, who had arrived overnight on a flight from London. Friday morning we were on the road to Clarens, a charming little village set against the backdrop of the Maluti mountains, in the Free State, and the next few days were filled with family time, which translated means braaivleis, wine, coffees and lunches in the village, and a little sightseeing, including a drive up to the magnificent Golden Gate and views over valleys and rock faces, and of course my mom’s 86th birthday on Sunday.

Safely back in Joburg last night – with dinner for all at our house this evening, a night out together tomorrow at Coobs in Parkhurst, lunch at Urbanologi on Saturday, and for us, a trip out to the Pilanesberg game reserve with Mike and Karen on Sunday.

Which is a round-about way of saying, you shouldn’t expect too much by way of blogs or photos at least until the weekend after the next one.

2 responses to “Clarens”

  1. You remain a most excellent host. Kudos much deserved.


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