We agree to meet up after we've checked out our rooms and had a quick "freshen up".
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|My room is Rock Pools 2. I am delighted with the setting!|
|I stop briefly to take in the vistas from my veranda...looking to the right, pretty landscaped gardens off-set perfectly against the imposing rocky backdrop. The urge to explore is overwhelming, but first things first!|
|And looking off to the left...|
|Looking straight ahead...what a beautiful, umbrella-shaped acacia tree (thorn tree)...I can make out several weavers' nests and judging from all the bird calls I'm hearing already, I know we're in for a treat!|
|I want to be able to drink in this view for as long as possible...|
|Already, I'm mesmerised by the rock features...but, High Tea awaits, so I need to go indoors and freshen up!|
|There are a few select books strategically placed throughout the room and on this table, I'm excited to see waterpaints, brushes and a block of parchment. I'm hoping there will be time to attempt a painting, but realise this is probably not going to be possible, as there is so much else planned for our two day stay.|
|Plenty of firewood and candles everywhere! There is underfloor heating throughout and an electric underblanket on the kingsized bed. I momentarily anticipate the deep slumber to which I'll be succumbing come bedtime!|
|The view from the bedroom end of my room, looking back towards the lounge area...|
|I'm determined to write up some notes at that gorgeous old desk...|
|I spot a letter lying on the desk, bearing my name and open it...a lovely welcoming notecard wishing me a pleasant stay! I know it's going to be more than that already!|
|I do so love high thatched roofs...I'm relishing the smell of both the thatch, the grass, floor mats and all the oiled wood, blended subtly together with the hint of previous fires and a delicate aromatic herbal fragrance that seems to be a combination of citrus and lavender. I think I am even able to detect the smell emanating from the bowl of fresh green apples adorning the coffee table, but perhaps that's just my imagination working overtime! I am aware of the most wonderful silence. No traffic sounds, just water casacading gently in the distance and the perky calls of various species of bird. I think I hear frogs clicking, too.|
|I notice the lovely African carvings...this low chair, one of a pair, particularly catches my eye!|
|There is a lot to take in, but I need to hurry up now, as time is ticking by very fast (it always does when I'm having fun!)|
|A lovely silk throw covers my feather-filled duvet. The mattress is deep and plush and the pillows are also feather-filled! A treat for me. At home, we do not have feathers as my husband has allergies, but I grew up sleeping on feather pillows as a child. I know I will have extra-sweet dreams tonight!|
|An attractive grouping of oiled kists, off-set perfectly by the large gilt-framed mirror...yes, yes, I know...I need to pop into the bathroom before Carol and Debbie get here in just a few moments!|
|The selection of bathtime 'goodies' for my personal use!|
|The hand soaps are made from Rooibos tea and smell fresh and lovely! The bathroom walls are covered in a textured fabric. The towels are thick and plush. I am well-pleased!|
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