Thursday, 31 October 2013

To Nelspruit For The Weekend - 28th - 29th of September 2013

I know! I know!! I sound like a stuck record, but seriously time does seem to fly faster and faster. It seems like it was just yesterday that I posted about going Back to Ballito and said I would post about our weekend to Nelspruit. It is exactly a month ago that we went to Nelspruit/Hazyview.
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It was totally last minute decision and plans, although truth be told Mark was planning it all along and then dropped the bomb shell on Friday morning. It was an idea - an idea that materialized into we are going at around 16h00. Sheila who never has plans had plans to go to her Aunt on the East Rand - miles away. She works on a Saturday for extra money, cleaning the offices, but was planning to go after work. I had to manipulate and half beg her to change her plans and go the following weekend. Note to self - or more like note to Mark - staff do have lives outside of ours. I gave her the following Saturday off with pay, plus her overtime for working looking after the house whilst we were away. She doesn't work when she looks after the house - unless you call feeding the animals work, she gets food for the weekend and does nothing the whole weekend, but it is over time and she has to be paid. It was also her birthday on the 2 October, so I also bought a cake and cup cakes for her to take to her Aunt's place. (I did not bake myself - too busy - too tired).

To Nelspruit

Chad was not that easy to appease. He was so angry with us and had a huge wobbly when we got home from work and an even bigger one the next morning when Mark woke him up at 4.30 on Saturday morning. He went to bed angry with us and I knew he was very tired, it was school holidays, but he had been training almost all day every day at gym - hanging out with his gym buddies, but also training hard, waking up early everyday and going to bed late, by Friday he was finished. Chad you are like me my boy - when we tired we blow up!!! Chad and Mark had a huge fight and argument when Chad was woken up, I was crying and hating Mark, but at the same time had to back him up, because when Chad gets into these moods, he becomes completely insolent, belligerent, cheeky and uncontrollable. I get that his plans get screwed up by our screwed up plans and he has to just fit in with our dumb plans. Yes Mark they were dumb plans, it was not a weekend away, it was a stupid idea to meet someone (ex-business associate in my eyes) and not a friend, who lives in Nelspruit who wanted to take over the lease of the Ballito workshop. Skype could have handled the meeting. What makes it worse is writing about it a month later - it was nothing but another fishing expedition and I don't mean the kind where you relax at a river with a fishing rod. I am sure I mentioned in this post over here that I did not have high hopes for the person or the idea. Hey I was right again. He disappeared into thin air. After we asked if he was blacklisted, because the landlord would not give him a lease if he was blacklisted - guess what he is blacklisted even though he assured us he wasn't.

I was a bit ahead of myself there. We finally climbed into the car, all somber and quiet. We traveled in silence and why would I have a photo of a random vehicle on my blog. Well that was a company vehicle driven by a driver endangering all of our lives, overtaking on a solid  white line (couldn't get a pic of that) overtaking into on coming traffic, driving recklessly. I did manage to get the Company's telephone number and reported his driving on the Monday - hopefully it was not in vain. This was just before we arrived in Nelspruit and slowly Chad started talking to us - with attitude, but at least he was talking to us. We arrived at the "friend's" workshop and then went for coffee to discuss the whole deal. After an hour or so we left and drove around deciding where we would spend the rest of the weekend. We ended up in Hazyview. Mark stopped at a shop to buy cold drinks, Chad was still very subdued and quiet. We went through the heartache speech, must never happen again talk; the excuses, the real reasons. Mark came out with these really cute coke bottles that we have never seen before - 330 ml bottles - that broke the ice some more.

500 ml bottle with 2 - 300 ml bottles next to it.

We were over our fight, but it did make me realise that Chad hates going away and he hates his plans being ruined even more, but he also bounces back very quickly. Add being tired into the mix and it becomes really ugly. His sleep whilst we were travelling helped a lot too.

 Our fascination with the cute bottles 

So with all our fights and drama behind us, we set about finding a place to stay for the night. Being school holidays, all the well known hotels we called were fully booked as well as the resorts we drove past. We found a self catering place called Eagles Nest that had chalets available and we booked in there for the night. The chalets were clean, spacious and comfortable.

Chad Doing His Body Building Pose 

Eagles Nest Chalet
Pathway To The Pool

Although it was extremely hot and humid, we did not swim. We were all starving, having only eaten a toasted sandwich at around 7 in the morning when we stopped to fill up with fuel, so after booking in and looking around we left again to go and have a late lunch.

The views are absolutely stunning

We went to Kuka Restaurant and Cocktail Bar, which was just up the road from the resort at Perry Bridge Trading Post, a little center with restaurants, specialty stores and you would not guess a hotel. A hotel which we missed although we had parked at the center whilst we were phoning around for accommodation. To be quite honest the food at the restaurant was not as good as what it looked like on the menu boards outside the restaurant.

It was so long ago that I cannot remember who ordered/ate what, but do know that my healthy eating plan that I was boasting about in this post over here is now non existent even weeks later and by the time I finish this post I am sure it will be the end of 2014. The food was not that great, but we had a long leisurely relaxed late lunch which turned into early evening, partly because their service was quite slow and partly because we had nothing else to do. We finally left and went back to the resort and just relaxed.

Sunday Morning Freezing Cold 

Savoury Pancake
The TV in the chalet was tiny, smaller than my laptop screen and only had the free channels, which were not clear at all, so we just sat around chatting and laughing and having good quality family time. We were that bored  that Chad took my Galaxy Tab and started reading my blog. I was going to update my blog, when Chad took my galaxy tab and started reading my blog. We were laughing and joking and he was making fun of it, but all in a happy funny way, whilst we were reminiscing about the past, some of the stuff we had forgotten about - which is ultimately why I blog. It was the first and only time that Chad has read my blog and Mark was half listening to Chad reading out aloud. We eventually bathed and went to bed quite late. It had been so hot the whole day, but started raining during the night and just did not stop. Soft drenching rain all night long and it was quite cold when we woke up on Sunday morning. We packed and then left. It was raining everywhere. We drove to Sabie to have breakfast. We went to Harries Pancakes, the plan was to have pancakes, but Chad and Mark had a normal English Breakfast and I had a savoury mince pancake, which was a bit on the dry side, but very tasty. It was not the Harry's that I remembered from years ago. Their service was also extremely slow

Waiting For Our Breakfast

"Toast" Napkin

Chad Eyeing His Breakfast Gleefully


Harries Pancakes Interior
We left straight after eating and drove most of the way in awful misty and or rainy weather.

From Hot As Hell To This

Driving In Wet Misty Conditions

 The rain and mist cleared and then as we neared Johannesburg, a storm was approaching, which we missed fortunately, but how amazing was the sky

And finally a month after we went away and 3 days after I started this post I am almost about to press the publish button and I am definitely not going to proof read my post, because then it will never be published.
dianneleef's Hazyview 28th September 2013 album on Photobucket

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