This was a much needed break from work and modern day living and enjoyed by everyone. There are so many highlights and so many examples of God’s perfect timing that I can’t list them all. Surviving the roads, or should I say the mad drivers on the roads, in the Transkei(I know it is called the Eastern Cape now but it will always be the Transkei to me) and getting through Umthatha unscathed is a miracle in itself and that was just the start of the holiday. I will never forget that last 200 meters of driveway that we had to negotiate and then arriving at the cottage which was hidden in the beautiful coastal vegetation and only 3 metres or so from the sand dunes and beach. The cottage has no electricity and running water which meant candles, lamps and fetching water from the nearest tap in the area or boiling the water from the Jojo tanks. It was never a chore to make a fire and heat up water etc but then again nothing is a chore when you are on holiday. Sitting around the big dinner table in candle light was such a treat. My poor family had to deal with an hyped up and excited kid for the first few days, I’m talking about myself, as I couldn’t get enough of the fishing, surfing and beautiful scenery to take pics of. I did calm down after a while but only barely. The rugged and unspoilt coastline of the Transkei is something that you can never get tired of experiencing and although I have been going to the Transkei since I was about 5 years old I love every trip and can’t wait till the next. The kids were amazing and never seem to tire of walking and exploring although Mandy had to carry Tom who fell asleep on her back on the way back from a lot of the walks. My mom and gran loved being back at their old cottage and my gran who is in her eighties once again blew us all away with her youthful manner and her enthusiasm to still catch a fish or two. There aren’t many people her age that still fish. We all loved the holiday and all have our own special memories and it’s just unfortunate that we had to come back to the so called land of the living, I thought I was living down there quite fine. Once again God was looking over us on the 10 hour journey home especially since just about all of that was in thick mist and with so many crazy drivers on the road it was a relief to arrive home safely. A big Thank You from all of us to Michael for letting us stay at the cottage, it was a real family holiday to remember.