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Published: July 29th 2015
Hendrick and Evelyn
Just before we left this morning.
We have arrived safely in Ekukhanyeni after the long drive from Siya, punctuated by various stops en route, We said our goodbyes at the Mission after packing and clearing up, and left at 0830. We stopped at 0915 for some delicious fresh orange juice at the huge Schoemans Boerdery between Marble Hall and Groblersdal (for those who like to track progress on a map) and then drove to Loskop Dam, where we had to stock up on biltong, koeksusters and other South African delicacies, before driving to Middelburg. We were delayed by massive roadworks--they were going to start blasting rock at 1100 but we got through just in time, avoiding a four-hour stoppage, and we reached Middelburg in time for our Wimpy break at 1130. That was much enjoyed too--lots of lush milk shakes and cakes--and then we drove on further to reach Millie's restaurant and service station at 1330. Here we sat outside having burgers, dagwoods and the like. This was a slightly longer break. The final section brought us here.
This is a Christian retreat and hospitality centre, and ideal for our base. We are the only ones here and it is spacious and beautiful. We have a
Serves the best fresh orange juice in South Africa!
swimming pool which has already been used, manned by our qualified lifeguard Mr Mabbett. It is shallow, small and cold, but nonetheless proved popular for half an hour after our safety rules meeting. There is a large hall/games room, where some of the children are currently playing. There are extensive grounds with wildlife--monkeys and an eagle have been seen, and Mrs Davis brought in a shrew from her walk. There is a cosy sitting room with log fire, and a lovely dining room where we have enjoyed an ample meal of chicken and vegetables, with a particularly tasty creamy spinach. The bedrooms are very comfortable and we each had a chocolate on arrival! There is even a pretty little chapel on the hill. We have great views from the stoop. It was good to see the children so delighted as they explored and discovered each new aspect.
Tonight a power cut is expected at 2100 but we shall be getting ready for bed then anyway, as we face an early start tomorrow to get on the road at first light for our drive up to the Kruger. We have two expert tour guides booked who will drive us around
Annabella likes milk shakes
The others were content with one each!
all day once there, and we are going to see the Big Five and a lot of other animals! These guides are so good that they train others, and the owner here, who has trained the trainers, said these were two of the best.
All in all, the children seem to be over the pain of parting quite quickly and are excited to be starting the holiday part of the trip after successfully completing their mission at The Grace.
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