More babies galore in the windy city

Trip Start Jun 04, 2005
Trip End Apr 05, 2006

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Well, so far it's been babies, babies, babies since we returned to the bosom of friends and family in the UK and South Africa. We'd marveled at how Jakey and Ella (both 16 months) had grown since we'd last seen them; we'd been introduced to new arrivals Naomi, Stefan and Nathan.

In Port Elizabeth, yet more kids were standing by to impress us. We arrived at Chris and Odilia's home at about noon on Sunday to find that Michael (two years and three months), whom we last saw when he was three days old, has grown into the most delightful little chap with a penchant for singing. He treated us to a technically superb rendition of Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika, the South African national anthem, sung at the top of his voice, accompanying himself on 'drums' (ie his toybox) and naked from the waist down. And we don't even know the lyrics beyond the first verse...

On Monday evening we headed over to Mike and Debbie's home for a braai. We last saw Holly, now a year old, just a few weeks after her birth. She's a bubbly, friendly baby who went straight to bed without a problem, giving the grown-ups plenty of time to chat and catch up.

On Tuesday morning we headed back in the direction of the Cape, spending the night at tannie Ona and Oom Theus in Sedgefield. Along the way, we stopped off to pay a R500 (50) fine we'd been issued.... ah, now that's a story I haven't told yet.

The long and the short of it is that, while we were driving up to PE very early on Sunday morning, we got to a straight bit in the road with a solid no-overtaking line, yet no curves... and no traffic. So Rich decided to overtake the slow van in front, only to find that a fresh-faced police-woman was waiting in a lay-by just beyond! Clearly a very cynical money-making scam on the part of the traffic police. Anyway, we we payed our fine like good tourists (the locals all told us they'd just never pay!).
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