2012, please G-d, is behind me – at a great cost, health-wise and financial I might add. But the beginning of 2013 brought great joy as we were fortunate enough to be part of a family simcha (celebration) in the form of a Batmitzvah (a rite of passage to early adulthood – age 12), and a reunion with precious family, some of whom I haven’t seen in almost a year. We were blessed, as we also got to spend a fabulous evening & dinner with another cousin and his wife in Plettenberg Bay! Thank you Cecil and Stacy… it really was a memory maker for me. I’m sorry we didn’t take any pics! We will have to remedy this, ‘cos we just don’t do it enough – somehow life gets in the way.
The week started off in Knysna in a comfortable townhouse on the edge of a lake. A forced rest as, for a change, there were no children. I did 100’s of Sudoku puzzles and read magazines… the “trashy” kind. Whenever I go away, it’s to or with my grandchildren… this time there was no excuse not to rest! The weather was comfortable too, mostly. Much cooler than Pretoria fortunately.
Thursday saw us leaving Knysna early for the Shul service in George at 9.30am. It’s a long drive, mainly single lane highways, but drivers there, mostly keep to the speed limit which is a good thing. Even the Gauteng visitors seemed to stick to the speed limit. So good that we experienced no road rage in the whole week – tourists and all! I’m so sorry I didn’t take pictures in the Shul (synagogue) – it’s the cutest and teeniest one I’ve ever been in. And new! Probably 70 people maximum could be seated with a squash and it was full for this wonderful celebration. Kol Hakavod to all Lisa and Dean’s family & friends from around South Africa and abroad, who made the journey and helped to make the event as successful as it was.
But it didn’t end there: the food and the décor will be the subject of many discussions around the country, for a long time to come. Lisa, the mommy of the Batmitzvah, is a trained chef from the Silwood Kitchen and she did the catering for the whole day at their home in the Wilderness. They ordered a few things in from Cape Town, but the bulk of the food was made and decorated painstakingly by Lisa. (It’s not a good idea to do your own function though – one just cannot enjoy it as one should.) The pictures will speak for themselves. From the brunch between 11 and 1 and the dinner from 6.30 pm, everything was picture perfect. B and I trekked back to Knysna for the afternoon and because of the traffic I took a detour in Knysna and popped a tyre on the kerb! So aggravating and costly to boot! Fortunately we did manage a couple of hours rest before the 55km journey back to Wilderness. It was all so worth it! On Saturday we did the trip again to George for dinner to celebrate my cousins’ wedding anniversary, (she being the granny of the Batmitzvah girl). My only regret was that none of my children could be there too.
Above: Beautiful chocolate Ganache and hand made animal “fur” look choccie decorations (by Lisa)
Blessings and mazel tov to you all, my darling family! May there always be simchas and happiness in your lives.
More photos to come soon…