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Wind in my hair…

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Daisy.

My mind is blown…

Figuratively! πŸ˜€ We went down to the beach today, and walked a few kilometers on the beach, while the wind was doing its wild dancing thing again.

We live about 150 km from the coast , and we enjoy going to the beach whenever we can, or whenever the weather allows it (our favourite beach is Struisbaai, Western Cape) . Lately, the weather has been atrocious, so when it looked like today was going to be a nice day, we decided to take a chance and go. The closer we got to the beach, the stronger the wind became. By the time we arrived, we were quite disappointed at how bad it was.

Nevertheless, we decided to be brave – we took off our shoes, put on our jackets, and we walked for miles! The wind tried its best to upset and uproot us, but to no avail. Daisy the border collie x was beside herself from excitement and joy, and ran herself ragged chasing waves, greeting people and smelling kelp and shells. And us? We breathed deeply, threw things we found on the beach for Daisy to chase, enjoyed the beautiful surroundings, talked and walked, all while the wind was pulling and pushing against us.

It was exhilarating!! It was what I needed. I feel the better for having taken the walk in the wild wind, next to the crashing waves with fresh air in my lungs. I should do that more often…

"To the beach I go,
to clear my mind and get thoughts to flow,
to the beach I go
to kill the stress and heal my soul..."
Windsurfers enjoying the windy day.

You have to try it sometime – when you’re feeling down or low, go the beach (if possible), whatever the weather, and walk all of the demons out of your body. If you cannot get to a beach, just walk, it makes such a difference to your state of mind.

Until next time, walk, walk, walk. πŸ™‚

Friday. Friyay?

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The view from Chapman’s Peak Drive towards Hout Bay, yesterday, on one of the most beautiful days in a long time…

“Rest and be thankful.” ~ William Wadsworth

It is weekend, people!

To be honest, I’m not sure why I am so excited about it. My days are pretty much all the same these days. Which does not necessarily mean it is boring. It means I don’t have to go into the office every day for the whole day, I can go in for a couple of hours, or more. I can even go on a Saturday if I want to. Or not go in at all. My choice. And apart from that, I can sit in my PJ’s and blog until 10 in the morning if I want to (I’m not saying that is what I am doing now… πŸ˜‰ ) My SO* and I can go to Cape Town on a Thursday for the whole day, should we want to. Which we did, yesterday. πŸ™‚

I’m rambling. What I’m trying to say is, my life is pretty much my own at the moment, and weekends are not much different to me from the rest of the week. So I have no real reason to be excited about it being Friday. Yet, I am. Years of conditioning, I suppose.

I hope your week was not too rough, and I hope you have a wonderful couple of days, doing whatever it is you prefer doing on a weekend. Spend some time being thankful for health, family, time off, having food on the table, etc.

So, until next time, blog friends, rest and be happy! πŸ™‚

Looking back towards the mountains and part of Chapman’s Peak Drive.

*SO – significant other

Wine Wednesday!! (2)

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One of the views from inside the tasting and bistro building.

This time, I am actually on time with my post!

I just want to clarify – I am not going to go into detail about the wines – the notes and flavours etc. I will only feature vineyards and/or wine tasting venues that I feel have really good wines, or wines that are good value for money. I am going to tell you about the experience, the people, the surroundings, so if ever you come to South Africa, and you like wine, then you know where to go!

Today I am featuring a place called Esona Boutique Wine Estate. It is still a ‘young’ estate (compared to some in the Western Cape!) – the current owners, Rowan and Caryl, have made a lot of changes to the farm since they bought it in 2003, and has been producing wines for the last 10 years. It is set in beautiful surroundings, again, like the previous one I featured, in the gorgeous Breede River Valley, near my town Robertson, just over a 150km from Cape Town.

One of the vineyards.

They currently produce Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Frankly My Dear (RosΓ©), Chenin Blanc, Pinot Noir, Grenache, and Colombar, and are planning to add another 4 wines to the repertoire soon.

The tasting takes place in a beautiful old cellar underground. The wines are absolutely delightful, and is presented and tasted in such a way that you really appreciate the nuances of the wine – you also get to pair the wines with fruit and chocolate, which opens up your palate to a whole new world. The young lady that does the tasting, is very knowledgeable and friendly. An interesting fact that comes across clearly, is that the shape and size of the wine glass makes a huge difference in the taste of the wine!

In the cellar.

Esona also has a Bistro where you can eat something while enjoying the views and the wine – I think one can easily spend hours there with family or friends.

Just before the wine is poured…

Rowan and Caryl take teaching and development very seriously, and they sponsor young people in the area so they can learn how to become chefs and wine makers. Please take the time to browse their web site, who knows, you might just see something you would like to order… πŸ˜‰

https://esona.co.za/

Please do visit South Africa, we are friendly and welcoming hosts, and remember to include our beautiful valley and world class wines in your itinerary!

Until next time, stay safe, don’t drink and drive, and start planning your trip to sunny South Africa!! πŸ˜€

Jack of all trades, master of none?

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I’ve been concentrating on writing about wellness lately, maybe because that is where my mind is at, for the moment at least.

I am not an expert on wellness, or psychology. I read up about a range of different ways to relax, to keep calm, and not to let the stressful times we live in impact too much on my life and health. I am getting to the point of being very knowledgeable about my own wellness, but other than that I am still trying out different things to see what works for me.

I am also not an expert on cooking and baking, although I love doing both. I watch a lot of cooking and baking programmes on TV, and I’ve tried some of the recipes – some came out brilliantly, some less so. I do not have the time, in my days or in my life, to perfect my techniques in the kitchen, but I haven’t had many complaints about my food and I’ve received quite a few compliments, so I think I’m doing OK.

Some of my efforts in the kitchen, during lockdown. Bread, rusks, pancakes, rolls and sauerkraut. The sauerkraut was something new for me…

I adore knitting and crocheting. But, you guessed it! I am not an expert in knitting or crocheting. That’s fine – I’ve made quite a lot of things that have made people happy over the years, so I’ll carry on doing just that! I have made coats and jerseys and beanies without patterns, but I’ve never ‘designed’ patterns or made videos on YouTube, and I can live with that.

Some of the projects I’ve made or finished during lockdown. Beanies for my son, beanies for my granddaughter, and some jerseys for myself.

I also love photography, but I am very far from being an expert at that. So I will keep taking pictures, probably until I die, and nothing much will ever come of it, but that’s fine, I enjoy seeing things ‘in pictures’, and I love saving moments for myself, and maybe for the people that love me, for after I’m gone.

I wonder if it’s better to be okay in a lot of things, but not an expert, or should I have focused my attention on one of my interests early on – maybe I could have earned more money out of that? But that’s a moot point, since I will never know what the alternative could have been!

I will keep dawdling on in my own way with the things that bring me joy – maybe, in the end, that is all that counts.

Until next time, stay safe and be happy. πŸ™‚

Sunday, and the sun is shining!

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This part of the garden catching some morning sun.

After a week of dark days, wind and rain, today the sun is shining!

You know by now that I love rainy days, but somehow when you wake up and the sun is shining, it does make you want to smile! I will go out in a short while, and do my ‘earthing’, as I haven’t been able to do it for a few days. Maybe that is why I woke up with a blinding headache this morning…

After many years of raising children and working through pain and illness to be there for the kids, as a mother does, I’ve come to realize that it is also very necessary to look after yourself. So I got up, took some pain tablets (not ideal, I know ), and got back into bed for a while. After the headache eased up, I started my day slow and steady.

Now, I feel that I am ready for what this beautiful day has to offer!

Daisies and nasturtiums basking in the sun.
The bees are going crazy in the lavender – see one of them bottom centre (they move so fast, I couldn’t get it in focus.)
Couldn’t resist adding this one too…

So, I went outside, enjoyed some sun on my back and toes in the grass, and took some pictures so you can have a bit of sunshine too, wherever you are! πŸ˜€

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, and until next time, take good care of yourself! πŸ™‚