Farewell...

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Too soon it was time to start turning back...Most of which resulted in having those last dinners or lunches before our guests had to go back home. The beginning of the end of this Safari commenced with a very special farewell diner at the Stoker's Arms - a restaurant set up at the location of an old station where some of the old coaches serve as venues for dinners and functions. Our American sisters footed the bill to  another delightful evening.

After the last dinner in Kloof we had to say goodbye to Joe and were on our way back to Pretoria. The trip back only included a quick stop at a petrol station near Harrismith in the Free State with another stop along the way to take a few pictures of the cosmos that was in full bloom along the roadside.

Back in Pretoria we still had one very important appointment...On the last evening of the safari we were invited by to  a very special farewell dinner by my friends Cathy and Eddy Struwe in their lovely home. The evening was wonderful and the sunset spectacular but what will possibly remain in our memories longer will be our graceful hostess Cathy and her wonderful husband Eddy. They left no stone unturned to shower us with hospitality. The gourmet dinner was a tribute to Cathy's talent and the ambience a testimony to their unconditional caring and kindness.

Cathy and Eddy...thank you so much for being my friends...

We were again treated to yet another dinner by our visitors and before going to the airport we stopped for lunch at the Menlyn Park shopping centre close to my home. After that we barely had time for Patsi to make an audio tape of our voices before we had to leave for the airport...the photos will tell you that the last days had a tinge of sadness and that the final goodbyes at the airport included last real hugs but lacked the mirth of those first ones that we received 21 days earlier...

Dinner at the Stoker's Arms

 

Left and Right: A petrol stop near Harrismith

Cosmos in full bloom...

 

 

Top - sunset from Valley Estate

The farewell dinner at Cathy and Eddy's home

Left: A last dinner at Billy's Village

Right: the final lunch at Menlyn Park

Capturing the voices that became familiar and beloved over a period of 21 days...Kleenex at the ready...

 

 
 

Good bye but not farewell!!

 
     

This is the end of my part of the Safari story but you are invited to read about the impressions and memories of my "Safari  Sisters" in the next section of the web page...

 

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