A delightful visit with family in Umdloti inevitably drew to conclusion. While in transit we listened to the audio book Heidi (free download here). Thus influenced by this charming tale, I shall in this instance imitate the style in which the sweet tale was narrated.
We dragged forlorn heels away from the gentle hills of Natal, seeking any excuse to prolong our stay in the province where summer is an almost eternal season.
We paused along the way at the somewhat shabby Zenex re-fueling station near to Midmar Dam. There honey is purveyed at prices unseen at any other convenience store.
To ease the sadness of our departure my husband’s brother Allan and his family happened to be travelling the same route, offering companionship at intervals along the way. Desiring to sample the offerings of an establishment previously unvisited, our choice was Granny Mouse in the Natal Midlands, where thatched buildings blend to become one with the surrounding hills. Our two separate transports united at this point, and within a cosy lounge refreshments and sweet treats fortified us for the remainder of our journey. Allan remarked that this is quite the sort of place which one may chance upon in England. We all expressed the wish to perhaps in the future spend a night enjoying the comforts of Granny Mouse.
In our attempts to protract departure, we lingered possibly longer that would make good sense. The stop to replenish supplies of my favourite flavoured coffees at The Wine Cellar in Rosetta was of necessity more hurried than I would like but there is truth in the saying that surely all good things must come to an end.
As the sun lowered toward the horizon, my heart quickened at the thought of returning home to all which is familiar and beloved.