This is actually a two-in-one post.


Firstly, its a mini adventure on our list and its also a very auspicious occasion. Its our girl Myrtyl’s 40th birthday. She was born in 1973 and became mine in 2011. After 2 years of going through all her mechanicals she is now been declared fit to travel.


So we took her out for her birthday.

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She is still as beautiful and as capable as the day she was born. She is my “happy car” Everybody loves her. I’ve never experienced so may “waves”, hellos”, “smiles” and “nice cars” as I have when i drive her. She is probably the best car I have ever owned…(and there have been a few!)


But best of all, the phuthu clan love her. The boys are always wanting to go somewhere in her..

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Its actually remarkable what a 40 year old piece of automotive technology can do….


So anyway, we headed down to the valley of 1000 hills and headed up the Mekelekele river bed in search of a nice spot to make lunch. We eventually found a lovely flat granite rock next to the river.

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With no help from boy scouts training, I made a small fire (ok I used firelighters and briquettes)

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My old friend Gordie tagged along with mini Gordie, his nephew bringing along his hungry mutts.

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The mutts actually provided Big Will with a load of entertainment.

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Everyone enjoyed their time outside, the boys got dirty and the boys got a taste of marshmallows on the fire. Big Will created his own special sand encrusted version.

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We all had a lovely afternoon and eventually it was time to leave, but not without some sweet pictures to remember the day with.

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But I think one of my favourite was this one taken by Loo on our way out….


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