Sunday, 18 August 2013

Heart Map Retreat ~ 17 August 2013

Ali Caron and Lynette
Ali hosted her third Retreat at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens in Roodepoort.  There were six ladies ~ the only two that I know are Ali's sister Caron and our fellow Scrap Addict Lynette.  We had a wonderful day filled with relaxation and creativity.  I think all the ladies had a wonderful time getting away from the hustle and bustle of their every day lives and really immersed themselves in each project.
On Friday night I baked vanilla cupcakes for tea time with a bit of a surprise half way in ~ I added a block of peanut butter chocolate or nutella. I had wanted to buy a flake to decorate them but forgot so improvised and grated the chocolate off the sides of a Tex bar ... worked really well!!!
We went into the Gardens for lunch and were amazed at how busy the gardens were however it was a beautiful sunny day so it did make sense. 
There was a soft serve ice cream van at the exit which was VERY busy ... I was watching the people leaving the gardens and many of them had ice creams ... I really love getting an ice cream from those vans ~ when I was a kid it was very seldom that we could afford to get an ice-cream but when we did I was in my 7th heaven!!!
One of the beautiful journals
 Here are some of the heart cards the ladies made ... they really went all out and created amazing works of art ...

On my way home Connor called and asked if we could go to Fego for dinner ~ we had a leisurely dinner and then came home where Richard got ready for his Sunday morning ride.  Connor sat on the couch with his feet in my lap and I tried to stay awake and watch some TV but lost that battle!  We were in bed by 10h30.
So all in all a wonderful day!

This is the beautiful Thank-You gift Ali gave me for assisting her with the retreat.


  1. Oh wow Lynn, it feels like the other day you were at Ali's retreat. You heart creations are stunning not to speak of those yummy cupcakes. Is the retreat only for a private group?
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

    1. Hi Desire, The retreat was wonderful and is open to anyone who is interested.

  2. So glad you had a wonderful time on your retreat...the heart cards are gorgeous.