We headed out to Van Gaalen Cheese Farm today to enjoy a nice long lazy Sunday lunch with friends. It was a gorgeous Jo’burg winters day, crisp and clear and deliciously warm if you can find yourself a spot of sun. We opted to sit outside next to the kids play area so that Ava and her little friend Gia, could enjoy the afternoon playing in the play area and the feeding of the pigs and goats, what I hadn’t counted on was how this decision would cause me to scream that I got an instant sore throat, my heart raced that I wanted to faint and I’m sure I aged about 20 years in the space of one second!

The worst part is that I’m sure this is going to happen many more times in the years to come. Ava-Grace took a tumble, while running across the bridge of the jungle gym, her foot slipped off the side, she toppled over, head first towards the ground, the side ropes hooked her one foot and for an instant stopped her decent and thankfully, slowed the speed of her fall and then dropped her on her head on the grass. It was hideous! It happened so fast and yet all in slow motion, I only realized afterwards how loudly I had screamed as she started to topple!

Thankfully she was not hurt, thank goodness that rope caught her foot and slowed her fall. She screamed for about 20 seconds, then sat on my lap clinging to me for 5 minutes in shocked, pale silence and then was off as if nothing had happened, back up the jungle gym.

Ooh boy, my nerves are completely SHOT!