My year-end function
As the year 2018 draws to a close, I like to engage in an activity that I like to call ‘The summery of the year’. It is like my own little private year-end function and I have been doing this for years. I try and sit down somewhere quiet with a nice glass of wine. In my mind, I go over the year that has passed. Passed too quickly I might add.
I review the year’s highs and lows, the things I am proud of and the things I am not so proud of. I try and make a mental list of a lot of things. Like the best book I read, the best movie I saw and my favorite moment of the year; this way, I try to get some closure for the year that is about to end, and I can start the New Year afresh.
This year, I would like to invite you to my year-end function! Maybe you would like to share some of your own highs and lows with me in the comments?
I usually start with listing the best book I have read and the best movie I have seen. Well this year, I am ashamed to say I have not read a single book. Not one. There simply has not been any time with the transfer, move and the boys keeping me busy. That does not mean I don’t have a couple of books lined up I am dying to read. My favorite author Tony Park’s The Cull and Scent of Fear are on top of the list. Followed by Wilbur Smith’s book The Tigers Prey.
My best movie of the year would be The Martian. But I have also seen a BBC documentary I thoroughly enjoyed. It is called South Africa Walks and the episode called ‘The Kruger’ is about the Wolhuter Trail. If you like to see the episode, I have included the link here:
There have been quite a few sad moments in the past year. I lost two dear friends in Cape Town; one to a climbing accident on Table Mountain and one to cancer. And then we also had to say goodbye to Stevens mother two months ago. The family is just not the same without her and we miss her dearly.
The day we left the house in Letaba for good was a sad one and a happy one all at once. It was sad to say goodbye to our friends that side and to leave our home of the past four years behind. But I will never forget coming over the last rise before the turnoff to Berg en Dal with our moving truck in tow. I briefly stopped to admire the beautiful view and the excitement of being able to call these hills and valleys our new home filled my veins. We have been very happy here the past four months!
There are two things I am quite proud to have accomplished this year. Steven and I both enjoy woodworking. We have a little workshop in the garage. The past year we have not had a lot of time to build much, but we did manage to build a dining room table for a friend of ours. This table was our biggest project yet and it turned out beautiful. It is now standing proudly at my friend’s house in Marloth Park. Her house is absolutely stunning! (not just the table, haha) If you are ever looking for accommodation in Marloth, Cameron Cottage is definitely worth checking out.
The second thing I am very proud of is having started this blog!! It is hands-down, without a doubt my best decision of the year! It was a massive challenge to discover what to do about hosting and how to build a website. I have been a massive crash course and I am still learning about blogging every day! But Our Life in Kruger has brought me so much! It is my ‘diary’ and a photo album for the boys – it is a creative outlet for me and I just love writing down our stories. What I love even more is that you enjoy reading them!!
I bring Kruger to you and you bring the world that I once explored on a daily basis as a cabin attendant back to me! I have met so many wonderful people both online and in person and I made new friends! And I just want to thank you all for that!
Goals for next year? Absolutely to carry on blogging and share our lives with you – oh and to finally read those books;-) We will continue with Steven’s campfire stories and now that I have a new camera trap (Thank you Chantal for being my personal shopper in Holland;-), I want to share some of the interesting finds with you once a week in a blog series called ‘Tales of the Trails cam’.
We have found a nice pre-primary school for the boys. They will start there on January 14 – Alex for three half-days a week and Jack for one. As much as it is awesome for them to make friends with the elephants and tortoises around the house, I think it will be so good for them to make some human friends too!
I am looking for a job and with the boys in school; I can turn up my search a notch! Then the Blog awards are at the beginning of the year. (voting ends on the 31st!) I am curious to find out if we stand a chance against the blogs that have been around for years. We shall see!
So all in all, we have some exciting things to look forward to! See you all in the New Year!!