High-heeled one

Around about 7am, Mike and I crawled out of bed and wandered up to the hot springs for an early morning soak. We tried out a number of pools including this one…it’s not where the other hot springs are, but is in a different direction, hidden behind shrubs and concealed from the hotel…we call it the secret pool.

Secret hot pool with mist Caledon hot springs

One of the most significant trees here is this one… a massive rubber tree. We were once told they grow big. This one proves it.

Massive rubber tree

Talking of trees, this is the sunrise view…with a pencil palm taking centre stage.

SunriseOften when I see a pencil palm, I smile and am reminded of Granny. In the last few years of her life, she began to lose her ability to speak. It started off with her not being able to find words, so she just substituted them. I remember her looking at muffins on the kitchen table and announcing, ‘that looks like nice fish!’ One day we had gone shopping for shoes for her. We bought them and were headed home. We passed a tall pencil palm, similar to this one. She announced in wonder, “Wow, look at that high-heeled one!” So sweet. From then on whenever I see a pencil palm I remember it to be a high-heeled one!

We have had a relaxing day and with the internet being much improved since yesterday, I managed to do 3 hours of work. For part of the time, this was the view from the deck close to where I was working…

Office view

With work done and now the blog done, Mike and I intend to head off to the golf course again, this time for him to practise his drive. Imagine the scenario….he will be on the tee. I will be on the fairway. He will be klapping balls towards me. I’ll be collecting them for him. I know the drill. The plan for not being hit is for him to hit a few and I see where they land and go and stand just beyond that spot. I have not yet been hit!

Today I read Psalm 104:33

“I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.”

That gives  life direction.

These are the days.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂

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