Black Labrador, pet photography, Western Cape Pets


“You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.” ― Frederick Buechner

Hello peeps, long time no see.  The reason is two-fold, I’ve been busy and I’ve been procrastinating. Hectically.  I must be the worlds best procrastinator, I find all kinds of stuff to do to prevent me from writing a blog post.  Suddenly I have to read my emails, tidy out that cupboard, paint my toenails, surf the web, rearrange the sock drawer – you get the picture. To cut a long story short, between last year and this year we have had loads of visitors (mostly family) at Custard cottage and we’ve made a couple of changes to our little house (more about this in a later post). Our very first visitor over the holidays was our son Remo, we hadn’t seen him (in the flesh) for almost 4 years and although we speak to each other often over skype, nothing can substitute being able to touch and hold and hug a loved one.  Nothing.

Family, Remo, son

Ruby is actually Remo’s dog and as you can see from the images above, they made the most of their time together.

Remo opening champers

New Year was a very festive occasion with all the family being together for an amazing braai/barbeque.  Main members were Mr T and I, Remo, our daughter Sharon and grandchildren Duncan, Amy and Jenna.  The rest of our family who live in Melbourne, Stephen, Lisa, Eleni and Rogan were sorely missed. Out of sight but most definitely not out of mind.

New Years celebrations

Remo popping the cork off the champagne! Yeah buddy!

New Years celebrations

“A dog reflects the family life. Whoever saw a frisky dog in a gloomy family, or a sad dog in a happy one? Snarling people have snarling dogs, dangerous people have dangerous ones.” ― Arthur Conan Doyle, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

New Years celebrations

“A family can be the bane of one’s existence. A family can also be most of the meaning of one’s existence. I don’t know whether my family is bane or meaning, but they have surely gone away and left a large hole in my heart.” ― Keri Hulme, The Bone People

We had a wonderful time, it was fabulous for us all to be together, even if for such a short period.  We laughed, we partied, we fought but most importantly – we loved. Rest assured there was sobbing and rending of garments when the time came for everyone to go home.

My heart is still a little bit broken.

All my love

Moira ♥


  1. Lots of hugs to you my friend. Mine lives in the same town I do, but I still mourn not being able to see her daily. I can’t imagine going four years! I’m so glad you had this time together.

    They say parenthood is the only job that, if one does it right, renders one obsolete. They are supposed to grow up and move away. Doesn’t make it any easier though!



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