Home » Personal annecdotes » My very own Epic 40th Birthday “Bundu Bash” in the Waterberg

I grew up swimming and tubing on the rivers of our farm “Mooimeisiesfontein”  in the Waterberg and riding horseback through the bush. It is our special family getaway from Jozi. It is pretty isolated where there is no cell signal or electricity…. a simplicity which we have grown to love over the years.

For as long as I can remember I have always wanted a big celebration on the farm. Since our wedding in 2000 was clearly not an option due to the logistical challenges and number of guests we wanted, my 40th Birthday provided the perfect opportunity. We managed to borrow 2 extra cottages from other shareholders and we singlehandedly hosted 22 people. This meant we had to tow in all catering and additional chairs and tables from JHB. The only rule for the weekend was “absolutely no children allowed” …. so we all could completely unwind and pretend we were 21 again.

Hen and I travelled up the day before everyone was due to arrive to set everything up. Special thanks to my amazing hubby Hen who had to listen to me for about 6 months planning this…As he is the chef in the house he did most of the catering and quietly worked behind the scenes making it one of the most Epic weekends ever for me.

Here are a collection of images taken by me, Hen, Wends (you beaut – Pinkies helped your cause) and Fee and the random iPhone.

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Towing the Food, Booze and additional furniture from JOZI – a complete breeze without kids!

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We had a day to get everything ready for our mates, 22 people into three very very basic cottages

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The view from the climb up to the water tanks in order the get cell signal and phone for last minute.com orders like lemons for GNTs

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The set up at “Ballyclare,” my parents cottage where all the action was due to take place. The makeshift bar and the view we never tire of

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Kim and Gav our special friends from Durbs..the first guests to arrive via the Kalahari from their overland trip.

 

Bonnivale wine made by Henry's uncle and lamb shank potpie on the go...!

Bonnivale wine made by Henry’s uncle and lamb shank potpie on the go…!

My special friends..Kimbos straight from the Kalahari, preggie Fee and Bronnie jetted in from Cape Town!

My special friends..Kimbos straight from the Kalahari, preggie Fee and Bronnie jetted in from Cape Town!

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Everyone chilling with drinks around the campfire....Its high risk fire season....note my paranoia with three buckets all ready and waiting....

Everyone chilling with drinks around the campfire….Its high risk fire season….note my paranoia with three buckets all ready and waiting….

My special girl peeps

My special girl peeps

Battery operated fairy lights (China Town)..... Ballyclare has never seen such a thing!

Battery operated fairy lights (China Town)….. Ballyclare has never seen such a thing!

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A round of shooters to kick the evening off

A round of shooters to kick the evening off


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Gav and Harvis has been towing a generator fro music  from Jozi and arrived late ... we had already sent a search a rescue party to make a call from the top of the hill....NOt to fear their car  came bulletin out of the bush bopping to their Jute and the mol took off to another level...

Gav and Harvis has been towing a generator for music from Jozi and arrived late … we had already sent a search and rescue party to make a call from the top of the hill….Not to fear their car came bulletin out of the bush, bopping to their Jute and the jol took off to another level…


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Pia....Tsunami.....what kids?

Pia….Tsunami…..what kids?

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Charlo and Harps

 

Chilling by the river saturday morning the best therapy ever

Chilling by the river saturday morning the best therapy ever

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The Greens in Fine Form

 

Harvis and Murrels making the Pinkies with their secret recipe

Harvis and Murrels making the Pinkies with their secret recipe

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After much deliberation we decided to have the lunch table at the house with the beautiful view of the cliff in front of our house.

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Decor was simple with paper napkins and silver paper plates and utilising the rustic cutlery of the cottage which kept within the theme of “Bundu Bash”

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The whole gang with liberal use of a tripod and self timer

 

 

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2014-08-17_0044 The girls

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Me and the guys

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Bronnles and Jem – and those Taches

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The BFFs

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Fido and Nats

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Me and Hen

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Kim and Gav

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Pia and Harvis

 

Murrels and Dakes

Murrels and Dakes

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The Wilkins' Landie been put to good use

The Wilkins’ Landie being put to good use

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Hen's beautiful speech

Hen’s beautiful speech

 

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Fee the gorgeous preggie fairy saying my speech

Fee the gorgeous preggie fairy saying my speech

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My turn forgot paper for speech so paper plates had to do

My turn forgot paper for speech so paper plates had to do

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My special friend Dakes

My special friend Dakes

Pia and her Bundu Bash cake creation specially for me

Pia and her Bundu Bash cake creation specially for me

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Hen and Nats hard at working hand whipping the cream for the pud behind the scenes

Hen and Nats hard at work, hand whipping the cream for the pud behind the scenes

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The Pinky King – nuff said

 

Jem creating cheese surmise to fill the midnight munchie gap

Jem creating cheese sarmies to fill the midnight munchie gap

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Chilling on sunday Morning

What an amazing unforgettable weekend with special mates that I will never ever forget- we pulled it off . 

 

 

 

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