20th Aug 2014
Robberg Peninsula: 20th August 2014

My younger son David who lives in Cape Town, phoned me this morning. He had phoned home in Johannesburg earlier to be told by my housekeeper that I was in Plettenberg Bay so he called me here.

He told me an interesting story. This past weekend he hiked Silver Mines (Cape Town) with two pals and his girlfriend. They landed up in Kalk Bay (outlying suburb of Cape Town) and they stopped in somewhere to ask if there were any taxis to take them back to their car as they didn’t want to hike all the way back and they had a 30th birthday party to get ready for that evening. This man said no, there weren’t really any taxis but that he would take them back to their car… they could pay petrol costs. I thought this man was so kind… While driving, this man said something about snakes, and serpents. O said David, my mum painted a serpent the other day and put it up on her blog. This man said the serpent has something to do with Lilith. O said David, my mom wrote a book about Lilith.

All rather extraordinary. *

Now, this morning I had packed my bags, gone down the road to fill up with petrol, had tyres pumped, checked oil and water. I planned to set off from here about midday, and overnight in Colesberg this evening, half way back to Johannesburg and right in the middle of the Karoo. I had even made a bed and breakfast booking. Altogether sensible and manageable.

I changed my mind while back at the house prior to leaving. It was an agonising decision in its way. I couldn’t make up my mind. I phoned the girls at the rooms to see that IF I stayed here in Plett, could one of them stand in for me on Friday afternoon. Had it been a problem I definitely would have kept to my plans. But, no problem there. I said I would let them know – I still had to make up my mind. Then I remembered my art circle meeting on Saturday morning and I was looking forward to bringing my ouroboros painting to the group. Mmmmmm…. pause. To cut a long story short, and without tossing a coin to help me decide (because I would have HAD to stick to outcome), I made a conscious, though long drawn out decision to stay a while longer. I phoned the BnB and changed my booking to overnighting on Saturday night.

So, a few more days here. I arrived last Thursday night after the long drive, gave myself time out on Friday, worked like a slave on Saturday, Sunday and Monday achieving one of my goals re WIP. Tuesday was a day of no work. I had brought down some art stuff but I hadn’t done a painting, or any more work on WIP as I’d hoped, nor had the time to get some extra assistance from Mike re computer …

After this momentous decision of staying a few days longer, I joined Mike on Robberg 5 beach this afternoon and we went for a walk. The photo from my phone is of Robberg peninsula. A great white shark called the Robberg Express swims alongside it. Whales are in the bay, the weather is sublime.

panoramic view of of Tsitsikama mountains and Robberg

After hearing David’s story of he and pals getting a ride back to his car and the kind man and the serpent and Lilith, I want to paint this in some way. I have already started.

* this next bit I’m just adding: letter from son David this morning. If you can vote for Kiffness this would be great (South Africa only):

Hi Ma,

Here’s what you need to do for voting:

– SMS ‘KIFFNESS’ to 48477. You can vote up to 5 times

– Vote online: http://bit.ly/kiffinthecity

Info for your friends:

The Kiffness is 1 of 4 bands shortlisted to open for MGMT at Vodacom in the City. It’s a really big show that will be a big boost for our careers. The band with the most votes wins, and so every vote helps!

Thanks Ma!


the link gives info about this competition


So, to end … a photo of me on the beach this afternoon …Robberg5 beachresized

Robberg 5 beach 20th August 2014. Tsitsikama mountains in back ground.

And, the best news, my husband has given me his blessing to stay a bit longer – 

29 Comments on Stories

  1. The beach looks so lovely. I’m glad everything worked out, even if making the decision was difficult. Sometimes we just have to change our minds. I know you wrote this post last August, and I’m having such a good time getting to know you through your blog, Susan. It’s a real treat to visit and scroll through your work here 🙂

    • Thanks so much M.J.!

      We’re here in Plett as from today (flight from Johannesburg). All is lovely, weather good, am put on balcony catching up ..

  2. I like this story! And I like not sticking to a plan, but changing it up from time to time! And you on the beach could be me on this beach! Imagine – our beaches look alike and yours is in South Africa and mine is in Labrador! I love it. The mountains on our horizon have a rather boring silly name though – the Mealies. Not sure why…

    • Thanks for coming by Jan! ‘Mealies’ is interesting … at first I thought ‘mielies’ which is very South African .. you would call it corn on the cob. One of the staple foods here.
      So, beauty is all around – whether up north or down south – how blessed we are!

  3. Thanks Sammy D! I agree the ‘shoulds’ and ‘shouldn’ts’ play an annoying role if we let them!

    I thought of you today as I set off on bike ride with my son. I had an obligatory tumble or two .. nothing serious at all ..

  4. Thanks for photo of you looking relaxed and enjoying that gorgeous Sandy beach. So glad you decided to stay longer – those should or shouldn’t decisions can be annoying, but we seem to choose the better option in the end.

    Great posts: I would certainly have a hard time leaving this spot.

  5. Synchronicity, Susan, that’s what you’ve hit…a wave of it! That’t what happens when we start to connect with the divine serpent…much love and thanks – great writing. And you are so lucky to have children of that fine caliber. Mira

    • What a wonderful thought Mira thank you – pure magic. I’m holding on to it being serpent synchronicity thank you again!
      Yes, indeed I am blessed with my two sons…
      We’ve just come back from a bike ride … I had a few obligatory tumbles! Mike took some photos, not of the tumbles. Maybe I’ll post them.. who knows!
      Love, Susan

  6. I forgot to add that I LOVE the picture of you! Enjoy your sea life while I play with mine on my walks along the waterfront. I’ll be thinking of you! 😉

    • Thanks Gwynn! Taken by Mike with my cell phone which is pretty basic but pretty good and useful. Even the panorama one of the baach is with my cell phone. Some fancy ones can pick up the whales underwater …

  7. You mean I CAN’T vote for Kiffness…BUMMER!! You have such lovely weather and a gorgeous beach. Enjoy your stay and have fun walking the beach for me too. Interesting that David ran into a man interested in Lilith and the snake. It is too bad that you could not have met the gentleman. HAVE FUN!!!

    • Hi Gwynn, yes to me this is really interesting that Lilith came up with an unknown stranger… Dave and I talked a bit on the phone about serpents and transformation and Lilith disguised as serpent offering Eve the apple to move beyond unconsciousness…
      The clouds outside are beautiful – (from my bed .. total indulgence)
      Will get in another walk for you! x

  8. Thank you, Susan, for such a nice post and photos of where you have been. It’s been wonderful to read and see all the places, the photo of you on the beach is really lovely! 🙂

  9. You look so relaxed. It relaxed me! Enjoy the rest of your time. I had read your earlier post and left it on tab on my computer but had a power failure (along with a brain freeze as to exactly what was there) and only just now remembered. Ah, nice life.

  10. Susan, this is all too wonderful – how things come together, and the amazing story of Davey. Have a happy time in this beautiful place for a little longer. x

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