Beach holiday with mom

Mom and daughter

Beach holiday with mom

There’s a certain sense of freedom when you’re on a beach holiday.

It’s as if you step into a world where real life rules don’t apply. Short short skirts are the norm at the beach and you get no funny looks; eating ice cream for breakfast is acceptable and swanning about in your swimwear at all hours is expected. High heels? What’s that? My feet only know flip flops and sneakers.

The only rule I have at the beach is to apply factor 50 sunscreen, to always wear sunglasses and give myself extra protection with a wide brimmed hat whenever I can.

I am back in Jozi as I type this, longing for sand between my toes and spotting fish in rock pools. Last week this time, I was on our annual mom and daughter holiday. We hadn’t done it in a while but decided to revive it this year and it was decided that it will be a yearly event again.

A relationship between a mom and daughter is so special, and I like to believe that ours is even more so. My mom remains the only constant person who’s been in my life since day one. I’ve never doubted her unconditional love for me and she’s always been my loudest cheerleader – no matter what. She’s my best friend and my confidant, I’ve shed a river of tears on her shoulders and we’ve had countless laughs. I’m truly grateful that she’s my mom.

Mom and daughter

The two of us descended upon Umhlanga last week armed with sunblock, swimwear and lots of chocolate. Diets are not welcome on holiday! We spent all our time either on the beach or having a beer down at the hotel swimming pool.

BREAKING NEWS: I turned my mom into a millenial this holiday. She loves my camera and took some gorgeous pics for my Instagram feed. I messed up my foot when the current bashed me into a rock. But fret not, I will be able to wear sandals again! Can I mention that my mom was taking pics of boats and didn’t even notice my cries for help. #Millenials.

Although we were being mostly lazy on the beach, we did however balance it out with swims in the ocean, long walks on the beach and doing some touristy things.

Woman in sea

Woman in sea

Woman in sea

Woman on beach

Woman on beach

woman on beach

uShaka Marine World was a fantastic. It was our first time there, and it really was worth it. We spent an entire morning there and even attended a dolphin show. We are definitely going back to explore the Marine World better. We just didn’t have enough time. I want to go shark cage diving, snorkel with the fish and watch them feed the sharks.

Dolphins

Dolphins

Fish

Sharks at uShaka Marine World

Sharks at uShaka Marine World

Did I forget to mention that I love sharks?

Another highlight was our high tea at The Oyster Box. What a treat, in more ways than one. I would do it again and again. Bottomless champers, tea and so many savoury and sweet treats ensure that you need a proper nap afterwards. And we absolutely loved the live piano music in the background. I couldn’t miss the opportunity to track down Skabenga the cat while we were there. It wasn’t that hard, he was fast asleep on a foyer couch. For those who don’t know, Skabenga adopted The Oyster Box as its home and even has his own tea named after him now.

The Oyster Box

High Tea at The Oyster Box

Skabenga the cat

Now it’s back to real life and I’m not ready!

It was a great holiday, with the best quality time spent with my mom. We laughed so much and just had fun. I’m already looking forward to our next one. I’m relaxed and ready to take on the world.

Anne Dolinschek
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