Wow, how these past two weeks have flown by.2010 sure is full steam ahead. The current students have 4 more weeks left and then they will be moving on – hopefully most of them will be remaining on Amkahala – interview tommorrow and the rest will be heading out on their own adventures. The group of students we have at the moment are really a great bunch of young people – they work hard and play hard. Having students definately keep us young:)
We spent an awesome weekend in Kenton this past weekend. It was very much a half way break between the course. We believe its important to give that bit of time out half way through and let everyone regroup, build up some energy and prepare themselves for the very HECTIC 4 weeks left. It was quiet amazing to see that 20 people, one house, two tents, two bathrooms and one kitchen – all live and work in harmony! The weekend as you will see in the newsletter link – was spent having long hikes on the beach, exploring marine life and bird watching, going for cruises on the boat – oh I have a story for this one. Our first afternoon Friday – Schalk took the first group of students and the two boys on the boat, to cruise, fish and explore the banks of the bushmans river. They left at 3pm……..by 7pm, there was no sign of them and they were meant to be back by 6pm. Off course with my two little ones on the boat I was getting worried by now. We managed to get hold of Schalk, only to find out they they had hit a sand bank at low tide and had been trying to dig themselves out – but no luck. PANIC – well me not Schalk – the only option, wait till 1AM when the tide would come in! They had plenty of apples and water on the boat, so I knew the boys would be ok, they also had a couple of warm things and I knew that the boys would be warm and snug, but still! Anyways the rest of us went out for dinner, most of us ended up having guilt food and left half our pizza’s for the stranded crew.
Back at the house, a game of UNO was called for – which went of for TWO hours and included lots of cheating! Finally Schalk, the boys and the students returned at about one am. Frozen, but happy to be back in one piece – luckily Paul – one of the students who loves food, did not get too hungry and feel the need to nibble on anyone LOL. The rest of the weekend sped by with lots of fun, sun and a few beach games thrown in. We ended off the weekend, with Sarah, myself and Hayley making a fabulous breakfast for everyone, which was really appreciated and enjoyed by all!
The kiddies are doing great, the boys had their sports day at school – Zavier and Josh both come in first and second for all three of their races – YEAH go Pretorius Boys! Tatum is on outdoor eduation with her school at the moment in Graaf Reniet. She comes home tommorrow and then Sunday she will be going for Eastern Province Trails for squash, to see if she will be on the Province team – So proud:)
Wishing you an awesome rest of the week.