Since moving to South Africa, we have found it rather difficult continuing to celebrate US holidays (unless it is a major holiday like Christmas and Easter). This isn't because we don't like having holidays, but more because when a holiday lands on a weekday life continues as normal here. Take yesterday for instants, Memorial Day, the guys felt like they needed to work and it was a normal workday here in South Africa. It is also difficult to take a perfectly good working day off when there is so much work lying in front of you that needs to be accomplished. The guys decided they would try to finish early, around 2 or 3pm. All that really needed to accomplished yesterday was digging 50 holes-sounds easy, Right? Well, when I saw that they had the pick ax out trying to break the ground up so they could get the spade into ground, I knew the work day wouldn't been ending early. The guys struggled greatly yesterday-the ground was extra hard. We haven't had any rain in a long time. They did resort to getting a few buckets of water to help soften the areas that they needed to dig. They did manage to get all 50 holes dug by 4:30-so we still had plenty of time to gather for a holiday braii (BBQ). Val and Danie, good friends of ours, and the O'Tool family joined us for an evening of fun. We grilled beef and chick sosaties and had deviled eggs, baked beans, potatoes, broccoli salad, veggie tray, chips and homemade ice cream. We enjoyed an evening of great fellowship and the kids played very nicely together.
Unfortunately, around 5AM Brian woke up with the stomach flu and has been sick all day. He has been in bed feeling very miserable. Thankfully Louie has been able to keep everything going at the property--just a few phone calls to Brian with questions.