Zanzibar dreaming …

In October I posted about how we are celebrating our Silver Anniversary and I had this to say – we are taking a little trip, it’s something we have not done for ourselves in all the years together.  We never really went overseas….

So we did take our trip and came back from the most memorable time and holiday!  What do I say about Zanzibar and our time there?  It was so amazing and so memorable and so good for both of us.  After 25 years of marriage, of life revolving around the boys, the school and house stuff, work and bills and so many other mundane things it was quite wonderful that we had other things to talk about.  We talked, laughed and relaxed.  I don’t know what else to say except that the island has lots to see and do and if you want to be a real tourist it will keep you quite busy.  If you want to just relax and do nothing this is also the perfect place for that.  From the minute we arrived everything was just perfect and our time together was unforgettable.

So let me share some photos of two really special days – the day we did snorkeling and our last day on the resort doing what I love most – a walk on the beach at low tide.

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I am scared of many things but this seems to calm me

Snorkeling in Zanzibar

Snorkeling in Zanzibar

...so close to my face and mask

…so close to my face and mask

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I can almost touch them…

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Low tide walking into the ocean

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Star fish kiss

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Relaxing in the warm water

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I love you !

One look and you will fall in love with the color and warmth and beauty of Zanzibar, it’s a little piece of paradise, almost like you are dreaming ♥

Silver anniversary

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9 October 1990

October is a pretty month, the weather is good and the city turns a beautiful light purple because of the Jacaranda trees, there’s a wonderful smell in air, it’s sweet and fragrant especially at night and the air has a magical feel to it.

This year October is extra special because my bear and I celebrate our wedding anniversary, our 25th silver anniversary! Three cheers to me because I have worked the hardest….raising two mischievous very busy sometimes naughty little boys and then a third one – my biggest and oldest child requiring more adult supervision than the other two a.k.a. my husband.  Ok, ok three cheers to both of us 😀

We committed to the insanity, refusing to give up on each other. And I know we are not a dying breed, there are so many special couples around us celebrating longer years together. But I feel that this really is something special for us, almost like we are the only ones.  A silver anniversary to be celebrated and rightly so!  Spending a quarter of a century with one person must be celebrated with a really special occasion and we are sooo doing that. We deserve it.

On the 10th of October we are taking a little trip, it’s something we have not done for ourselves in all the years together. We never really went overseas, I’m purposely not counting the trip together to Portugal in 1995, that was oh so long ago.  Yes there were many holidays here in SA and Mozambique and such awesome weekends away too but these always involved family, the boys, and extended family, sometimes with friends and sometimes with the camera club.  We managed to escape once or twice just on our own too for those ‘dirty little weekends’ 🙂 but no big trips for only two.

Looking back I know we were spoilt, we have made such amazing memories. Our home is filled with little curios gifts, souvenirs & things, shells, bottles and frames from those special holidays.  There are numerous albums and envelopes full of photos, boxes overflowing with slides and there must be millions of digital photos at home…

So blessed, we have truly been blessed in our marriage, I have felt God’s hand & guiding all the time, His presence was always near.

So this month we are doing something extra special just the two of us and I’m dying with excitement I can’t wait to arrive at the airport.  A little trip to an exotic island off the coast of East Africa  ♥♥  to celebrate relax and love. We deserve this.

Hello Zanzibar, jambo, we are coming!!

 

PS:   this was our wedding song, our first dance. I know he remembers this because every time we hear it, if it plays on the radio or somewhere he smiles and always holds my hand

Nothing’s gonna change my love for you, George Benson

My Grandpa

Me and Grandad (July 1989)

Me and Grandad (July 1989)

Last week I received a book from my secret friend (a devotional). And true to myself, never starting a book from the front, I always like to check the back first and make my way to the front, slowly by stopping in the middle…that is normal for me and a magazine. Now with the devotional in hand I went straight from the back to my birthday date. May 31. Just like when I have a new calendar the first month I look at is May, and I always get so excited when I discover that it’s the prettiest picture of the whole calendar 😀

The title on my day is “My Grandpa” and it has such a cute story about a young girl sitting on grandpa’s leg while he taught her to read.

Made me smile and brought back a million memories of a wonderful vegetable garden, orchards with a huge variety of fruit trees, fixing shoes and belts and anything leather, woodwork, the pencil in his ear, his white worn out shirts with rolled up sleeves, that smile and typical family Ferrao nose, his blue eyes. The way he liked his soup, the way he liked bread! The hands that built a house! The way he sat next to the radio listening to the news.

And most of all how when we were small and sometimes teased and annoyed our great-grandmother he would ‘punish’ us by tying our big toe to the leg of the chair with a piece of cotton!! I had that punishment a few times.

That was My Grandpa and the special person that was shared amongst 18 grandchildren.

Feelings of saudade flood my heart, nostalgia and longing for something that was so beautiful and strong – the love of a grandfather.

This is the bible verse for the devotional that brought back this memory ♥

“Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.”  Proverbs 17:6