Simple Simon wrote:Three reasons why I did not go.
1. Had to look after my forklifts that are on rental around town.
2. Had to take photo's at a Lady friends wedding (her wedding) (for free)
3. Andy told me there was only a 4x4 trail for sissies.
Anyway my wife has now also changed my name to Grumpy.
True, but you knew that going in ..... I think it had more to do with the fact that you didn't want to rough it in a tent!
vald wrote:I agree, think it was the figment of a number of people's imagination, no photographic evidence
Ja .... figment of imagination! Never happened! ....
Shame, a quick point to mention here ..... Tony was very, very keen to join us, even after his cardiac episode. Insisted he felt fine, just that he seemed to tire easily. I think Annemarie was equally insistent that it was a bad idea .... too far from help should something go wrong. What sealed it was something of a double whammy .... Tony / Annemarie's son, Wade (AKA 4th Geer) was involved in a motorcycle accident which left him hospitalized and requiring surgery. Hope all is over now and the dust can begin to settle, and that Wade is doing OK.
OK ... back to the event that never happened .....
Delia & Dylan's son, Teagan, (3yrs) was an active little guy, cute as a button and very friendly. I think everyone took an immediate shine to him and he just lapped it up. While the ladies sat and chatted and the guys stood around the fire with the intention of tanning / burning some meat, Teagan effortlessly alternated between the two 'groups' .... up until the time when the sweets came out.
Teagan chatting with 'the guys' ..... had not yet noticed the sweet bowls.
.... but after he saw the sweets, there was no pulling him away from the ladies!
After the braai, everyone slowly peeled off to bed ... untill just Edge & myself sat chatting till somewhere close to pumpkin hour. The man can talk! And he has the audacity to accuse Tony of having verbal diahorrea (which is also true of course)!
The next morning, after being wakened by Teagan (early riser
), we had breakkie and waited for Tumelo et Cie, who eventually arrived somewhere between 9.30 and 10.00am. Introductions, niceties, (a few lighthearted insults) and quips were passed around before Edge took possession of the rims that Tumelo kindly transported down, and we decided to get a move on to doing a trail. Tumelo, Cupcake, Tau and cousin "Long" (he's tall ... before anyone draws their own conclusions
) joined us for the first leg. It was already blisteringly hot again and we stopped at the shops to get ice, but no luck.
Edge's van .....
Dylan's van .....
..... both Vigo's, but I was torn between deciding which was the better looker. Edge's one was beautifully and thoughtfully kitted out with all that opens and shuts .... an overlander's dream, while Dylan's was more rugged in set-up, and the thing that literally put the cherry on top ......
.... and just in case you missed it ......
So on to the trail ..... Really a scenic drive, snaking it's way up through the trees to points of breathtaking outlooks over the Hogsback village and the Tyumme valley.
We stopped at various points to gather in the view (and photo opportunities for those that wanted). I caught a couple of the guys 'unawares' with a few snaps 'from the hip' .......
Donkey's expression is like that of a child that's just been parted with his favourite toy .... or C-Lites in Tumelo's case!