Back Row Standing, from left to right: Karen and Riaan van Staden, Conroy, Graham Dow, JC Oelofse and Dereck and Michelle Ramsay. Front from left to right: Carolyn Lynn, Shelley Candiotes, Yours truly, Denise and Henry Pienaar, JC junior and Retha Oelofse, Nicola Oelofse and Sheila Corfe. Lying on ground from left to right: Beverley Dow (the Mamba) and Rayna Winson
Once the w'holly' group shots were in the bag, the party continued down the hill towards the famous tree spot where everyone was court marshaled onto their back sides into a ditch filled with autumn leaves. Some took the idea like a fish to the water and flopped down without blinking an eye, but others had serious doubts about degrading their bodies with leaves and the thought of a bug or two crawling over them was just too horrifying. But once they noticed that those who were already lined up in the ditch seemed unscathed, they cautiously made their way down next to the others. Once everyone was ditched, a lot of wiggling and giggling ran through the ranks. I had the camera on a tripod with the timer on and had to negotiate a few quick runs down the embankment of the ditch and aim my fall into the ditch next to my DH within 10 seconds each time and if you don't believe me, the bruises are there as evidence. Just to annoy those 'prim-and-proper' bug-fearing ditchers everyone grabbed handfuls of leaves and threw it in the air just as the shot was taken. It really made for some fun action shots - see the photos below.
The party ambled around attempting to get that perfect reflection shot in the pond. Lots of laughs went round the ranks when the paparazzi i.e. JC, Dereck and yours truly lined their cameras up on tripods whilst the whole party sat down next to the pond facing the paparazzi. The paparazzi all put their self timers on at the same time and dashed a 50m stretch of hilly ground to take their spots with the group within 10 seconds. Some members of the party caught the dashing paparazzi on camera.
Thanks once again to all of you, who made this breakaway so much fun and I trust that all of you at least learnt something new and came back with batteries recharged.