The pine forest Mhlambanyatsi

I’ve been asked to share via my blog more of the scenery and animals I saw on my holiday to Swaziland, of course I’m jumping at the chance to relive memories of that once in lifetime never to be forgotten holiday! 

Swaziland is an amazing little kingdom with the nicest, sweetest and loveliest people around, they care so much for their little kingdom and the enthusiasm they show puts a smile on anyone’s face! 

On our way to Swaziland we stopped off at a service station and this was the most amazing service station I have ever come across. It had a watering hole which we could at and there was a huge expanse of green space and that time I was told and thanks to my camera I know there were buffalo, ostriches and Emu’s but no rhinos first time round. That was our first taste of Africa! 

On the first day when we arrived in Swaziland at our hotel for 2 nights we were in our room and I could hear horses neighing and the lady I shared with told me a horse was riding around the grounds at the bottom of the hotel. 

We then went for a walk in the wooded pine forest just outside the hotel, it was getting dark but there was something tranquil about that forest, it was quiet, we didn’t see or hear any animals and we were told not many animals like this kind of forest. There were however the most vibrantly coloured flowers which were so beautiful and bright and they were made with perfection (pictures will be added). One was a brilliant purple or violet whichever you wish to use, it was a pretty flat flower and the other was kind of like a hanging Lamp shade and it’s a red and yellow and again just amazing and the last one aaa quite a thin flower pearl white and had thin petals, to think these flowers are part of our wonderful creation amazes me, no Big Bang can create something so amazing! 

Even the pine trees in the forest were beautiful but in a different kind of way and just so very different. The forest felt eery and so quiet apart from the odd car. The hotel is an amazing little place and in really lovely surroundings but it’s gets even better as the holiday goes on! Next blog tomorrow
A green leafed background with a twig diagonally across the top right of the picture and in the centre is the beautiful violet flowers fully open. 

The beautiful red and yellow lampshade flower the colours run through like veins and a blurred background 

A collection of 3 white flowers with single petals against a blurred background 

A single emu looking to the camera standing on grass with stones in front of his feet 

A strutting ostrich across the grass with buffalo in 6 buffalo in the background and in the forefront is a tiny bit of the watering hole 

A herd of buffalo can’t count eating the grass 


Tarmac in front of A electric fence and behind is the watering hole with buffalo and ostrich in the background 

First day back to work/Evening Walk

It was my first day back at work today after a month off over the summer, where has that time gone! Can’t quite believe it really but it will be nice to get back into routine again and really get stuck into the job. I got in today and went to Reception to pass them a letter to send over to HR and then I asked her to ring over to maintenance so they could come and let me into my office which they dutifully did bless them. I had some paperwork left on my desk so I had a look at those whilst trying to figure out how to use the magnifier which I got the hang of pretty quickly thank goodness. I took Peter out around 11:30 for a busy, busy but kind of forgot I would be locked out again so had to go to reception to ask her to ring through to maintenance for me and bless her she came again to open the door for me which I thanked her for. Got on with some more work before having lunch at 1pm, tried to keep the door on the latch so I could get back in but unfortunately when I went back it was locked again so I had to ask for help again and this time the lady sorted it for me and took it fully off the latch so I could go in and out even though I wouldn’t need to anymore so that was good but she told me to close it properly when I left which is safest thing to do and she said she would make a note to unlock it for me first thing in the morning so I thanked her and she said she would try and sort something out. Once I had finished what I could I tried to figure out my dragon software which isn’t complete yet as had a phone call before having to rush to get the bus.

Obviously I forgot something in the office but it will be fine because I will sort it tomorrow. We were walking along the drive of the college and passed a lady so we said hello as we bypassed and we sped ahead until Peter needed to do a big busy typically lol! Anyway nothing I could do, had to pick it up, this lady came up behind us and we walked along together chatting away about random things like what we did at the college etc so that was nice talking to her, we got on the bus, got off and walked the long, dreaded uphill climb home as well as it being hot, boy was I glad to be home! I think Peter was too.

I had my tea which consisted of Marble Cake (Swartz Weiss) and a glass of refreshing cold milk before my brother needed some fresh air, he told me to take some water but I thought we weren’t going to be so long but boy was I wrong! We went to Mutters Moor and went through the woods and along the cliff path to a viewpoint which overlooks Sidmouth, walked back, climbed a massive hill which was real struggle and the heat was still so hot, I was thirsty, tired and in pain and it seemed like a never ending hill, we then got back to the car to then go onto Budleigh Salterton and walk along the river otter towards the sea, had a bit of time walking along the beach before heading back home again. Shattered isn’t even the word to describe it! I’ve walked 15,090 steps, climbed 29 floors and done 6.32 miles!!! Hopefully I will sleep well tonight. Been planning my Southampton weekend with some lovely ladies so I am looking forward to our little adventure. Peter is out like a light and I am off to bed.