Saturday, 17 October 2015

Week 42 - Project 365

My week started in Dubai, where summer is coming to an end and finished in South Africa where summer is starting. There was little difference in the temperature, although I am hopeful for some rain. A few extra photos this week of a flood that occurred 5 hours before I left for the airport and I got my dates mixed up with my flight.

We left South Africa in December 2014 after 4 wonderful years and it's so wonderful to be back to see my friends and to work with a couple of charities.

Sunday started at Starbucks very early for a coffee and to write and schedule this weeks blog posts. I've been buying and packing gifts to take to South Africa with me and my case also includes some gifts from my trip to Canada in June and the UK last month. There's not a lot of room in my case for my clothes and toiletries, but I can pick up what I need there. I start work when I get back from South Africa, you can read more about it in this week's My Sunday Photo and you can see how hard we're battling the temperatures in Dubai to keep cool, I needed plenty of rests attempting the cleaning today.

Day 284 #onedailypositive #Gisfor #fmsphotoaday #HotDrink #snaphappybritmums #project365 So not fitting the photo prompts here, but it is Gin in the glass and the only hot thing about is was the tonic that was at room temperature, around 30c, as I'd forgotten to put it in the fridge.


Monday I went for a coffee with an expat group, this will be my last one for a long time, I'll only be able to join in now during the school holidays. I spent the evening at a friends house for a pamper Party. Today's blog was all about why I'm returning to South Africa.

Day 285 ‪#‎onedailypositive‬ ‪#‎Hisfor‬ ‪#‎fmsphotoaday‬ ‪#‎WhereImStanding‬‪#‎snaphappybritmums‬ ‪#‎project365‬ H is for home, where I'm standing with the sun glaring in my eyes outside our villa in Dubai

Tuesday went past in a blur, I think there was coffee, there's usually coffee in my day. I summed up my holiday to the UK with Time Traveller and although I'm hopping on yet another plane this week, why I need a holiday. I received an emial inviting me to check in online, I thought it was a bit early till I realised I fly Wednesday night and not Thursday night. So our plans to spend the day out together on Thursday which is a public holiday in Dubai have gone out the window.


Wednesday morning was spent rather stressfully at the bank, making two trips with documents in an attempt to open off shore banking. Hubby went off for lunch at the Burj Al Arab so I did the cleaning, packing, repacking and more repacking. On hubbies return he informed me the invitation and included me, but no one told him till he got there....grrrrrrr. I walked Bob and then I was off to the beach to find this


By 7.30pm the plumbers had been (it's the eve of a public holiday), hubby arrived home half way through and helped me move the rest of the boxes into the garage.


The boxes contained christmas decorations, camping gear, paperwork relating to the UK and the kids keep sake boxes with their christening cards and paintings. Sadly a lot of it is beyond salvaging, although hubby said he'll try to separate papers and dry them out for me while I'm away.


After tea, beans on toast as it was now late, I had a long bath and packed my hand luggage. I was at the airport at 10pm ready for my flight to Johannesburg via Doha. Todays Animal Tales post was about the cheeky squirrels I met in Stockport last month.

Day 287 ‪#‎onedailypositive‬ ‪#‎Jisfor‬ ‪#‎fmsphotoaday‬ ‪#‎sport‬‪#‎snaphappybritmums‬ ‪#‎project365‬ J is for Journey as I set off for South Africa for 5 weeks volunteering with vulnerable children. Sport???? Packed this case 3 times and I feel like I've just done 10 rounds in a boxing ring 😅

Thursday was spent at Doha airport for 5 and a half hours waiting for my connecting flight to Johannesburg. I then spent the rest of the day on the plane, arriving mid afternoon and taken to Pretoria where I'm spending the next 5 weeks, I had chance to unpack, shower, drink tea and head off to my first Santa Shoebox committee meeting for the year.  For HDYGG? I did a round up of some of the gardens I've seen this year in Canada and the UK.

Day 288 ‪#‎onedailypositive‬ ‪#‎treat‬ ‪#‎fmsphotoaday‬ ‪#‎kind‬‪#‎snaphappybritmums‬ ‪#‎project365‬ within a couple of hours of landing in South Africa I was at a committee meeting with my dear friends where we are in our 5th year collecting and distributing Christmas gifts to disadvantaged children.

Friday was a long and tiring day, it was spent at store_age sorting out the donations that in my absence have just been dumped. I was collected by friends to spend the weekend at their house I was wined and dined with Pizza and Gin and fell into bed after a long soak in the bath. My blog post today was on whether I prefer Dubai or South Africa. At this moment in time, despite a heatwave in South Africa, I'm rather enjoying the cooler weather here.

Day 289 #onedailypositive #Lisfor #fmsphotoaday #MailBox #snaphappybritmums #project365 I love writing and receiving letters through the post. I travelled to Canada earlier this year to meet my pen friend Catherine Burden​ I'm currently in South Africa and very much hoping this card will reach her, sometime this century as the postal system in SA is a little bit broken.

Saturday is all about me. I 'm off to get my hair and nails done and a spot of shopping and coffee out and see another friend. Tomorrow sees the start of me working on the Santa Shoebox project.

Day 290 #onedailypositive #Misfor #fmsphotoaday#spiderweb #snaphappybritmums #project365 M is for Mirror. Yes I'm wearing this shirt today as the rugby is on. However I am in South Africa. It's been nice knowing you all.

18 comments:

  1. Oh no, I hope you manage to salvage the damaged paperwork. It must be so frustrating. Enjoy South Africa though, I would love to visit one day

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    1. I'm hoping hubby will have the time to see what he can rescue for me, South Africa is a wonderful place

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  2. Gosh you've been jet-setting this week! I'm trying to work out if you're returning to SA for good or just a visit - I bet it's lovely to see family and friends again. Will check out your earlier posts to find the answers!

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    1. I think I've now spent more than enough time on planes this year

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  3. So sorry about the boxes, hope most are able to be salvaged!

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    1. hubby is drying stuff out for me while I'm away

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  4. So sorry about the boxes, hope most are able to be salvaged!
    Ruth Anne

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    1. hubby has dried everything out now and salvaged most of it

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  5. oh no - sorry to hear about the boxes. Hopefully some of it will be salvageable - good luck!

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    1. I've put hubby on the task and he's managed to salvage quite a lot

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  6. Hope your trip to South Africa goes well, what a shame about those boxes!

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    1. thank you, the trip is going very well

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  7. what a shame about the flood, I hope hubby manages to salvage some stuff while you are away.
    What an inspirational woman you are. Hope you have a great month in South Africa with your work and friends.

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    1. hubby has salvaged most of it for which I'm very grateful, thank you for your kind words, I'm having a wonderful time so far

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  8. goodness me that is one hectic week! Such a shame though about all that water damage - fingers crossed your husband can rescue some (maybe most?) of it. Enjoy your time in South Africa x

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    1. hubby has rescued most of it and South Africa is amazing

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  9. He went to the Burj without you... I'd have tagged along anyway! What a horror to come back to though!
    I can see from above comments that most was salvaged. :) and that you also survived wearing the wales shirt. :)

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    1. wearing the wales shirt was an experience lol

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