Some of the spectacularly privileged and magical moments that happened while 2011 was busy merging into 2012:
1 – December 17: The handing over of blue and white birthday quilt to dearest ‘O’. Embroidered squares stitched with love by many friends each of whom lays claim to a different facet of her life. Delivery took place at sunlit picnic on The Round House lawns overlooking Camp’s Bay fringed by Twelve Apostles. All that was missing were treasured absent friends.
2 – December 19: Number One son J arrives at Cape Town International from Dublin. A bright star for our Christmas tree.
3 – December 20: At CK’s annual Christmas party, which features a fabulously diverse and international invitation list, met a snow-white haired Feng Shui landscaper with riveting tales of soil and soul from all corners of the world.
4 – December 21: Veteran travelling sisters, friends of mother, dock in Cape Town harbour on intrepid little cruise ship having seen most of the world in a month. Meet for sundowner at Table Bay Hotel – which by noisy coincidence was start and finish point of 10km road race which attracted all the Mother City’s runners.
5 – December 23: Family outing to see 9 carat David Kramer musical Some Like it Vrot at Baxter Theatre featuring Mark Lottering and Christo Davids.
6 – December 24: Merry and memorable Christmas Eve at The H’s with games, gifts, love, lots of laughter, fabulous food and new baby A.
7 – December 25: Song, sermon and incense at St George’s Cathedral; family beach walk; home drinks and cheer with special friends; dinner with crackers and happy memories next door with favourite neighbours.
8 – December 26: At storybook Merryday Farm off Montagu Pass, national monument, unseasonal giant balls of frozen rain land on the lawn obscuring spectacular Outeniqua mountain view.
9 – December 27: Climb to the top of the fynbos’d koppie overlooking the land of Nguni-Dexter cattle, hops and ghosts of settlers past.
10 – December 28 and 29: Swellendam stop-over to scoop up stories includes night at Schoone Oordt Country House with matching 5 star dinner; roostekoek breakfast at the heart warming Old Gaol on Church Square; a visit to Smartie Town in Railton and dinner Italian style at La Sosta.
11 – December 30: Giant sunflowers and herculean Grecian urns at Bukkenburg Pottery; 20,000 aloes plus cycads and clivias at Rooiklip Nursery and many flavoured liqueurs at Wildbraam youngberry farm.
12 – December 31: A spectacular end to 2011 with Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and Judith Sephuma at Nederburg Wine Farm – rocked by Bohemian Rhapsody, Nessum Dorma and 1812 overture with popped brown paper bags playing the cannons.
Happy New Year. nx