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Read my full day to day blog of my first big overseas solo trip.
Day 27 ( 2nd Jan2016) Day two of 2016 has gone off to a great start. We decide seeing as yesterday I could not even see where I was going through the sea of people on the beach we would go down to the beach a do the clean up after the party. To my shock I could not believe how bad the rubbish on the beach was left just lying in the sand, chucked into the bushes and left for the wind to put it into the sea. By the end of the morning we had filled seven big black rubbish bags. After the beach was looking more like a beach and less like a rubbish dump we all headed back to the estuary home to have lunch before it was time to go see my gran at the farm, inland from Port Edward.
Me , Kayla, Hannah and Sarah all put my things in the car to take me to the farm which is where my grandma, on my dad’s side of the family lives, and my uncle and aunty and two cousins Sharon and Gordon. We get lost on the way looking for a rural driveway on the way in amongst 30 other driveways that all look the same. Eventually we find the driveway that nearly kills the car with there being more potholes than driveway.
Getting through their gate into the farm I can already see a flood of dogs charging towards the car and in amongst all them is a tiny Jack Rustle bouncing in front of the car trying to keep up with the others. I hopped out the car to go and see my grandma Boothway who was standing on the deck of my Aunty’s home. I try and make my way through the 30 dogs that are surrounding me, jumping up and scratching and licking me. It is definitely a tad overwhelming. I knew what to expect but boy there are a lot of animals here. I spot some kittens inside that are about a week old, and of course my first instinct is to want to hold one. All the girls grab one as there is exactly four kittens, one for each of us. Gran and my cousin have put out some things for afternoon tea so the girls stay for that and then they unfortunately have to leave. However, I am still planning to see the girls back at the estuary and stay over again as this is my grounding point but I can go and come back.
Leon my adopted cousin started up a braai (which is the South African way of saying barbeque). Anyway dinner was served and I was eating it with Lola (the biggest dog) staring at me the whole time as if she was going eat the food right out of my hand. For dessert we had icecream. And then my eyes were opened to what seemed as though it was common practise …..the dogs or the duck would lick some off the spoon then the owner would have some ... I just have to tell myself, I’ve come here to see my family and I love my family but for me they just live a very different life to me and I’ve got to try and get used to it.
xx Kirsty Claire xx