Saturday, 27 July 2013

The last goodbye

There is only one thing we know with absolute certainty about life:
That one day we will die.
How or when is a mystery that most of us will only uncover in our very last breaths.
A couple of weeks ago I received the very sad message that my 92 year old grandmother was riddled with cancer. She was still 100% with it, clear as a bell and managing perfectly well on her own in an apartment in Voss.


 As you may know by know my grandmother was my idol. When I was little and people asked me what I wanted to become my answer was "Just like my grandmother". She loved nature and animals, was caring and loving in her own ways. Still very "old school" in all her years as a "budeie" I never once saw her in trousers, she was always in skirts, even on her cross country ski's. 
She was up until the day she died in total control. She refused any sort of cancer treatment saying she had 92 very happy years on this earth and that she was now ready to leave, thank you very much!
Luckily her pain was minimal throughout her last weeks.
My mother was with her on her last day here on earth and she said it was really touching and moving to be able to sit with her. By this stage they had talked about everything from how my grandmother wanted the funeral to all the other important stuff she wanted my mother to know.
To sit on the other side of the earth and hearing about all this has been beyond painful.
I tried to get a flight home but due to July/August both being so busy months here the first flight I was able to get onto was a business class in the beginning of August. Way out of my pocket. 
So instead I got to talk to her on the mobile phone, which was hard enough as I really have a problem with phones and how do you say goodbye to someone you know you will never see again that has meant so much to you over the phone? 
One of the hardest conversations I have ever had. 
May you rest in peace my beloved grandmother!


Friday, 26 July 2013

Shout Out

I just thought I'd share with you an interview of my beautiful, stunning and talented neighbour down here on the island, Sally May -wordsmith, vegan and a camera/photo wizard. The interview was done over on this blog
It gives a great insight into our daily life down here in the tropics.

You should also check out Sally's blog for a different perspective.

Monday, 22 July 2013

Summer Read




I am a self-confessed bookworm.
Since way before I knew how to read you would find me curled up with a Donald Duck cartoon or just turning pages of books pretending to read.
I go through plenty of books every year and a few stand out more than others.
You know the book you just really enjoy so much so that you cannot seem to do anything else than continue reading with a bittersweet feeling because you do not really want the book to end at the same time you really want to find out what is happening with the characters in the book.
This triology is one of these books that I will read and enjoy over and over again.
The author is called Jennifer Erin Valent 
and this triology is a treasure.
Happy reading!



Sunday, 21 July 2013

The sun is shining

and the weather is hot.
The waves are finally up, after what must've been the longest flat spell in July ever.
So I thought I'd take my camera for a walk out on the reef and catch some of the action. It is great to be out here and have a look in on the beach. When we designed our house we wanted it so that it would blend in with the nature and looking in from the ocean you can hardly tell that it is there. 
It is in the middle of the "silly season" meaning there is a whole load of surfers in town all hunting down the waves and things can get a little hectic out on the main break. 
 I have just about retired from the main break, the crowds and the testosterone not to mention the bigger set waves have all scared me away so I am happy I have my own little right hander to ride.
 But it is still fun to head out to the reed and watch the 'professionals'.
On days like this there is smiles all around.

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Cost-A-Lot

 We first came to this magical island in 1998 and have seen this spot go through a lot of changes.
From a desolated, isolated spot fast forward to 2013 where most of the beachfront has been bought up and new houses seem to be popping up monthly
...and who can blame them, this place is truly a fairytale come true.

 There is no building restriction down here, other than in our area we have to build 50 meter back from the low tide mark. Basically anything goes.
 One of our neighbours built this charming place, quite big and it has taken them a few years to complete it, thanks to dodgy builders but finally they can enjoy their own spectacular holiday home in the sun. They call their place Besialu too, the rest of the community down here call it Cost-A-Lot. (Guess why).
 Complete with swimming pool, pool house with awesome hanging chairs

guest houses,
 and most importantly: uninterrupted view of the surf.
The reason we all ended up here in the first place.