Today we were meant to be flying to India.... Due to the Indian consulate in Cape Town only being able to offer advice on acquiring a visa until May when they will be able to issue them directly, we had to apply to Johannesburg. This takes 7 working days to process and we discovered this 7 working days before we flew, which would have been a risk. We therefore extended our flights to the 19th, and thankfully Thea didn't mind us staying a tad longer.
I was happy to stay a week longer in Cape Town since I have come to love this place and the people.
Thea gets up every morning before 0700 usually and prepared a pot of tea for herself and a larger one for me which she placed on these electric heated stands. I would wake later than her between 0730 and 0830 when I would join her outside in the courtyard by the pool for until I had finished my tea pot (5-6 cups). We would talk and talk about all sorts of things which I very much enjoyed. After which I would wash up and water the flower pots in the courtyard, occasionally sweep the leaves, whilst Thea went about making her bed an other such jobs.
As a general rule, Tom would arise around 10-11 and his job would be to clean the pool.
A fee times we were at Thea's disposal for the whole day, where we would wow her with gardening skills which made her very happy indeed. Thea is a very keen gardener but struggles to do the hard digging required and her gardener Thai, struggles to keep the large garden under control.
I accompanied Thea to the doctors a few times, and we all went shopping with her, like a couple of naughty kids.
Thea's cooking was incredible, and we ate something new and traditional Afrikaans or Dutch every supper time. I have filled a fair few pages of my written diary of her recipes to wow people at home.