Ok, that was last week, but happy official spring to everyone who is celebrating the season.
We had a lovely first-of-spring weekend. We went to explore the Linden market, which was so much fun. Just very HOT. Think great food stalls, beautiful flowers and curated goodies for sale, and of course champagne. The next market is on 3 December, so save the date.
We also had our first family spring dinner under the stars in our garden. One of the things I've been looking forward to doing as we leave the baby stage behind us is starting new family traditions. Nothing too onerous, just small things that we do together as a family that make things special.
The kids had an early bath, Daddy put a snoek on the braai, and we had picnic on the lawn, with our Consol solar jars and fairy lights providing a little bit of light. It was lovely (and of course the now everyone wants to eat dinner like that every night).
On the down side, severe water restrictions have come with the warmer spring weather, and I've been obsessively checking the news, reading articles like this one about sea surface temperatures and El Nino/La Nina diagnostic trends to see when we will (please) finally get some rain.
But we'll keep positive and keep checking the skies for rain clouds.
This weekend we're heading to the bush with friends, which will give the kids an opportunity to ride their bikes and run around in swimming cozzies. After that, the upcoming open garden season starts in Johannesburg, a really lovely way to see some different parts of the city.
Here's to green shoots and sunshine...