Its cold and wet and dark outside (4.30pm). The snow of last week has melted and its raining. But we are packing for almost a month of sunshine. Twelve hours from now, we should be safely at the airport all set for a long and eagerly awaited trip to Cape Town. It could not be better timing. I am looking forward to a rest, a change, to reconnecting with family and with each other away, to a healthy dose of sun and bright, bright colour. Meanwhile, there is a little more packing, organising and tidying to be done.