Thursday is over and I am getting way far behind on my journaling. First things first (whatever that means).
Tuesday (3/1) evening – Wednesday (3/2) night:
Tim and I went with Colleen and Walter (Snyman) to watch the sunset on Shelley Point. It was a rather cloudy evening but the sunset was “nice”. “Nice” meaning that it was not out the ordinary…just hazy due to the clouds. I took a picture and was pleased. We began to walk back to the road and up to the house when Colleen and turned around. The hazy sky began to turn orange…and as we waited it grew oranger and oranger until it looked like the whole sky was on fire. (pics will be on fb) It felt ‘prophetic’.
What I mean by that is that it felt like God was speaking to us saying: YOU ALMOST MISSED IT. It ‘was’ beautiful, but you were satisfied and began to walk off…but THEN you turned around and were absolutely STUNNED by the spectacular show! I will never forget that sunset. Never.
We did go back to the house and had Red Bush (Robosch) Tea. It was quite good. Then off to bed. The next morning we had another good breakfast and a nice long conversation. We were so blessed by Walter and Colleen. They both truly modeled servant leadership. We were waited on constantly. It was very humbling….
Tim and Colleen and I went on one more walk and saw our seal lounging again on the boulders! This time, however, I had the camera! We also found several very cool sea shells (unbeknownst to us we also brought home several lovely sand fleas…they died a slow bleachy death, tho, at the hands of Peter and I!)
We cleaned up and had a quick lunch then jumped in the car for the 2-hour trek home. Our vacation from our vacation was needed and truly enjoyed!
Charlotte cooked a wonderful oriental beef meal and a scrumptious carrot cake…We WERE losing weight but that trend may be ending. Then we skyped with Ham and Jonathan…that was fun on both counts…Ty’s skype is Friday!
Thursday (3/3): I will try the abbreviated version to a wonderful day. Let about 9:00. Met folks at church to go on our Road Trip to Ceres. Ceres is a quaint little town about 2 hours northeast of Capetown. It is in a mountainous region known for its fruit production: pears, apples, nectarines, grapes and plums. It is also the home of a new church plant, which is why some representatives (Carl and Susanne, Florres, and Benni) from lighthouse were going to visit: simply to connect. Tim and I just tagged along.
The ride up thru the mountains was nothing short of stunning. Along the way we saw VAST farmlands, cattle, sheep and vineyards. WE also saw MANY baboons in and alongside the roadways!
We were the meet the Ceres church folk at a local camp ground. We winded thru the little town, noticing all the flowers in the yards: hydrangea, crepe myrtles, a multitude of perennials and A HEAP of roses…roses were growing everywhere…in the yards of the rich and the poor! We finally made it to the camp ground where we were greeted by Sonja America (yes, that is her last name) along with a few other church members. They brought in quite a spread of food, most of it being traditional South African food. It was a wonderful feast. We also drank Passion Fruit Juice, which was grown and packaged right there in Ceres (the place was RICH with fruit!) Then, as we waited for the other men to arrive for our Ceres Tour, we explored the camp (note pics on facebook!) I enjoyed sitting in the shade next to the Olympic sized pool as well as jumping on the underground trampoline!
Woo hoo! The other church members arrived and so we caravanned to the local dam, which was on private property….the land was stunning, mainly rocks but the formations were unbelievable. This place housed South Africa’s longest zip line…however, no one would tell Peter how to actually GET to the little platform. He did however, shed his t-shirt and cell phone and jumped into a natural pool The water was BLACK but CLEAN. He and Mr. America played for a while, while the rest of us took pics and laughed at them.
Then onto the local primary school where several children (maybe 75ish) had stayed behind, like they do everyday, to eat. Ceres church members have been going over there 5 days a week to feed the children. I HATED that Tammy missed this one. Peter gave greetings in Afrikaans (they supposedly spoke no English) and then I shared the story of Zacheaus with them. Then, before the kids could eat, they “had” to hug each one of us…that was the funnest LINE I have ever been in. After they ate a handful of 12 and 13 year old boys were sitting outside. I knew that they didn’t speak English, but HEY, I decided to give it a whirl. “Do any of you speak English?” I asked. The heads shook “no”. I continued: “Do any of you understand English?” Again, the heads shook “no”. Now, I am blonde but I am no dummy. “YOU GUYS DO speak English!” The just looked at each other with sheepish grins. “SO,” I continued, “How did you learn English?” Finally one of them spoke up: Television! “Ok, so why won’t you speak it?” Silence. “OH…you have no one to practice with!” They nodded. So, I plopped onto the dirt and said: “Well practice with me!” They did, slowly but surely and it was, by far, the sweetest part of the day!”
We then road thru the neighbor hood where many of the children from the school lived. They were small houses (kitchen and one other room) all painted bright colors and MANY with ROSES planted in the yards. Tho they were obviously very poor, many of the folks fixed up their yards with pride. I think it is a Ceres thing!
After leaving there we went to a local fruit packing plant and learned that on Fridays, they clean it out, set up chairs and are ready for church on Sunday! YES, this is where the Ceres church meets…all 40 of them! It was a joy. We sampled fruit and chatted with the workers and meandered until we realized the time. We hugged our new friends good bye and wished them God’s blessings. Then, Peter loaded all of us.
Carl drove (slowly! Obviously he had been informed of my cliff issues) and we sat back and enjoyed the breathtaking and ever-changing view. The sun setting changed the colors not only of the skies but of the fields and the mountains.
In quick order we were home by 9:00 where Charlotte fed us, shared her Chinese Tea (in her Taiwanese family heirloom tea-china) and we were off to bed.
I am determined to post this, but I will soon be asleep. Pics from today will be posted tomorrow. This camper is whooped!