This past weekend, my boyfriend and I went on a little “escape”. We went camping at Kleine Paradys, a newish campsite just outside Piketberg. My oh my, what a spectacular place it was! It is newly built with breathtaking views. It turns out, I actually know the owners, so they will definitely see us again anytime soon.
When we arrived and got all set up on Friday afternoon, we went for a swim in their heated pool. (It even has a mini slide where we behaved like children again). After our swim we started our campfire and watched the sunset. Words can’t describe how beautiful that was. Overlooking the empty Berg river, we enjoyed a bottle of wine, celebrating three and a half years together while watching God ending another beautiful day.
The next morning we woke very early and watched the sun making its way over the mountains to begin a new day. We went canoeing up the river for quite a while. It is scary to see how empty one of the famous rivers in the Western Cape is at this stage. Afterwards, we went to explore Piketberg. When we entered the town, it was about two minutes when we reached the other end of town. It is a very small town… Later that day we went for another swim with the water’s temperature about 28 degrees. That was lovely. We made a delightful lunch and then took a nap. I woke up a half an hour later and sat outside, reading my book. We listened the Stormers and Lions game over the radio followed by a mouth-watering dinner which my own master chef prepared for us on the braai.
At 7:15 on Sunday morning, I sat in a canoe, still half asleep, ready to paddle down the river again. (The things you do for the one you love…) When we got back, we made a breakFEAST. It was divine!! We went for one last swim and started to pack up. We stopped in Piketberg again for an ice cream cone and drove to my grandparents.
My aunt and her family are leaving for Canada on Wednesday, so this was their “goodbye” with the whole family visiting. It was so lovely to be with them before they leave again.
On our way home, I saw the most beautiful sunset in my nineteen years on Earth. (I looked like Ana from Frozen, looking at the Northern lights in the movie). Tears filled my eyes because of this beautiful view I had in front of me. My camera could not capture the real beauty of it, but it was BEAUTIFUL. I still don’t understand how people can not believe. even if it is just in something, when it is so beautiful around us. What a perfect way to end our fantastic weekend getaway.
I realized this past weekend how beautiful life actually is, if you just WANT to see the beauty in it. It took just a weekend to recharge my mind, body and soul and to be ready for this coming term. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to see this beautiful part of our world, not even far away from us. Sometimes you just need to break away from your daily routine and go into nature and embrace it for a while. I realized the importance of family, when all the family were together. Spending quality time with my loved one, and being just us, made us even more stronger. This was by far the best weekend I’ve had in quite a long time.
Grateful for small things, big things and everything in between.
Love & light