Time seems to have flown over the last three weeks whilst Grandad & Lesley were with us.

Much time was spent on the beach, eating, drinking and visiting a variety of the stunning attractions to be found locally.

The boys have really enjoyed having Grandad around as they don't get to see him too often and may not see him again for another 18 months or so.

Sadly they returned to Blighty yesterday but here are a few highlights from their time with us...

One of many trips out. This was at Mooivallei near Bonnievale on our way to Montagu

Showing Grandad & Lesley the cheese factory at Mooivallei

Joel 'driving' a tractor at Farmer Koos's farm in Montagu

In the pool with Grandad, a favourite activity!

Eli swimming with Lesley

A tractor ride at Farmer Koos' in Montagu

Enjoying the tractor ride

Story time is always appreciated. Lesley was great at spending time reading to the boys

We went to the Helderberg Nature Reserve for an evening concert where Shiraz (formerly The Dooleys) were playing

The penguins on Boulders Beach are always a favourite!

Grandad & Lesley met our friends at grace Community Church in Macassar

Butterfly World near Paarl was an unexpectedly good treat

The boys really enjoyed this place

The boys on their bikes, taken by lesley

Enjoying the views and some bubbles at La Petitie Ferme in Franshoek

Mummy & Daddy enjoyed it too! (the boys were at school)

Grandad took Joel to school for his first day in Year 1. Here Daddy has just brought Eli home from Pre-Nursery at the International School

Getting ready for a treasure hunt at Vergelegen where we had a picnic in the camphor forest

The treasure wasn't in this old trunk

As you can see we had a great time with Grandad and Lesley and it was great for the boys to spend some real quality time with them. Although we probably won't see Grandad for a while we're hoping he'll get his webcam working so we can Skype each other.

Off To Big School

Joel started back at the International School this morning as a big boy in Year 1.

He was so excited to be going back (as were Mummy & Daddy!) and seeing his friends as well as starting in Mrs Tinsley's class. Joel was also excited as Grandad went with him and Mummy to school this morning.

This year is also a bit different for Joel as Eli is joining him at the International School so he's very proud of being the big brother.

Eli really is off to big school as he goes to the pre-nursery class. This is also a real blessing for us as we now only have to do one school run in the mornings. Sadly we'll still have two pick-ups as they finish at different times, but it's still a blessing.

Proud brothers

Grandad Arrived

We've not had much time for blogging as Grandad & Lesley arrived shortly after New Year and we've been having a lot of fun since then. The boys are loving having them around.

We've been out and about a fair bit as well as having lots of fun at home. One of the highlights so far was our trip to the Cape Town museum where Joel was really excited to show Grandad the sharks and dinosaurs.

We've also been availing ourselves of our friends swimming pools which is always enjoyed by the boys. Both of them are showing a huge amount of confidence in the water and we're able to relax with them around a pool as they both know what to do if they get into trouble.

We're all off to Montagu in the morning for a couple of days so we'll post more on our return.

Walk like a dinosaur. At Cape Town Museum with Grandad & Lesley

Joel loved this display - wonder why?

Canons are always a hit

Daniel swimming with Joel

Eli & Daddy relaxing in the pool