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End of the week.

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Pic taken on our walk yesterday afternoon.

My timing sucks.

I have been slack in writing the last while, and now I choose to write on a Friday afternoon, when everybody is busy making plans for the evening and the weekend! Typical.

We had a busy-ish week, faffing around with a lot of small stuff, mostly to with the guesthouse still. It has also been a very stressful week business-wise, especially for my SO. So it is a relief that the weekend is here.

We have no plans for the weekend. Yet. Normally we decide to do ‘something’ at the last moment. Like, maybe, 10 o’clock tomorrow morning, my SO will say: “So where are we going today?” And then we’ll go somewhere and do something. For tonight, though, we most definitely do not have any plans.

So after walking Daisy, I am going to take a shower, and then I’m going to get into my PJ’s, pour myself a glass of wine, and chill.

Have a super weekend, and if it can’t be super, be safe, at least. ✌️

So, what changed?

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On the edge of a precipice… Not the photographer’s caption – that is completely mine. Photo by Erik Mclean on Pexels.com

And with that I mean for you personally, in your life.

Because of the pandemic. Have you come to any profound realizations during this time? Important enough to change how you do things on a permanent basis?

I have realized that I need people even less than I thought before. I find that it is increasingly difficult for me to go out and cope with the ‘stuff’ that comes with people. So, when this pandemic has finally run its course, I will probably still prefer to go out as little as possible, deal with people as little as I can.

I have discovered that I need less clothes than I thought before. It is nice to keep buying new clothes, but have you ever sat down and thought to yourself how much of the clothes in your closet you actually really need? Especially if you don’t have to go to an office everyday. It is scary if you start doing a bit of research into how much money goes into the buying and making of clothes and accessories! Can you imagine how much resources (cotton, bamboo, silk, leather, etc.) are needed to feed that greed? Our earth will be so much better off if we can wean ourselves from the hunger to have closets full of the latest and best in fashion…

And food. Do you know more than a third of food produced in the world goes to waste? Why? Why are people so wasteful with food? Because it is too easy to just go out and buy more? Maybe it is because hardly anybody produces their own food anymore. To most people, it is something you buy in a shop. No thought is given to how it got there. Or what it is made of. So now because X amount of food is needed, and the population keeps growing, more and more food ‘needs’ to be produced, when actually a third less is really needed – if only people were not so wasteful.

But. Yes, there is always a ‘but’. But because of the fact that I need less people, I need more of the WWW. I do spend a fair amount of time on YouTube, Google and the TV, which is most certainly far from ideal. If I can get myself to do a whole lot less of that, I’ll be happy. I do grow more of my own food, not close to what I would like to do, but I’ll get there. Baby steps. And I’ll keep doing it. I’ll keep baking bread, and I will try to not buy any at all, in future.

Finally, I have realized that we have given away waaaaaayyyy to much of our personal autonomy. How did that happen? I will keep fighting it in my small way. I will not sit back and be passive about it. We are not puppets. We are not programmed by uniform micro chips planted into our brains (yet). I find it hard to believe how so many millions of people are happy with the fact that all decisions about their lives have been taken away from them.

What has changed for you? What realizations and conclusions have you reached? I’ll be interested to know. I doubt anybody will come out and talk to me about these things, but someone out there might just surprise me…

Done, and dusted.

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Ready for guests. Not quite where I want it yet, but soon… 🙂

At last.

Yes, it is done! I can at last say that the guesthouse is done. I’ve even had guests stay already! And a couple more bookings coming up. I am grateful and relieved. 🙂

I am also very, very broke after this little exercise, but hopefully that will be remedied by enough bookings pouring in over the next few months.🤞🏻 (From my mouth, to God’s ears…)

Of course, as with most reno’s, there are still things to be done, but those are minor compared to the big changes and building that is now done. I want to get/make some art for the walls, which are too bare for my liking. Some more/bigger area rugs to cozy the place up. And one or two practical things to add to make people’s stay here as comfortable as possible. And I definitely need to ‘prettify’ the space outside the second unit, which used to be a place where we put things that were in the way… But I need some money first, and for that I need bookings. We have cleaned it up and painted the walls, so at least it is tidy now. So please, hold thumbs for me, that the guests book both units regularly from now on.

I am still enjoying my SO’s company. He came down for a ‘quick’ two weeks to help with the building, and ended up staying quite a bit longer than planned. I am not complaining… 🙂

Winter is definitely on its way. I can feel it coming in the air – early mornings especially. Once again, I am not complaining. It is time. Our rainy season is about to start, so bring it on! Our dams are getting emptier by the day, so the cold and the rain can not come soon enough.

Can you see how empty this dam is? And this was taken about 3 weeks ago, so it is probably worse by now!

My last planting of tomatoes is not doing too well. Of course, they were planted a bit out of season, but I had hoped that I could get at least some tomatoes before the cold sets in. It seems like that is not going to happen. I am still hoping. I am going to enclose the plants in some thick plastic, and keep my fingers crossed that it will act like a hothouse.

I had a very quiet day today. It felt weird after the last while running up and down the whole time. I am just about ready to take Daisy for her walk, and then, that is that for the day.

So, Daisy was getting impatient, and I ended up taking her for her walk earlier than planned. Walk done and dusted. Now for an ice cold glass of wine, and feet up…

The Monday after the week before.

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Fishing boats in the harbour.

We had a good weekend.

Although we still worked on the guesthouse on Saturday, we most certainly did not over exert ourselves. It is close to being done now, and I hope to list the unit today so we can start welcoming guests. 🙂

Sunday was another stunner of a day. The weekend was supposed to be as hot as Hades, and it did get close! Yesterday was a scorcher! But we drove down to the seaside and spent a wonderful few hours exploring, walking, eating, talking, and of course, driving. We drove down to Struisbaai again – about 150 km’s from home. A perfect distance to get out for the day!

A very special experience for me, was ‘meeting’ the stingrays that frequent the harbour in Struisbaai – they are well known by the locals, as they come into the harbour regularly to say ‘hi’. We were on the little jetty eating our ice creams, when suddenly the shadow appeared in the water! We watched it for a while, and suddenly there were two, and then three! They peacefully glided through the water around and under the jetty for quite some time. It was magic.

The long walk on the beautiful beach once again did its magic for me. I always come away feeling grounded and relaxed after we’ve been there. It was hot, yes, but next to the sea with the waves breaking on the beach, the clear sky, and Daisy cavorting in the water, it was a feel good day.

And today? Well, today started off with rain! Yay!!! Hopefully the start of a very good rainy season. It is predicted to be cold and wet today, so a day made for me!! I will finish painting the table that has to go into the guesthouse so I can list it, and then I am going to spend some time knitting or crocheting, something I haven’t done for a while.

Enjoy your day, if I have anything to do with it, I am certainly going to enjoy mine! 😀

Cool weather, and fibre (the internet kind)on one day!!

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Photo by Katie Goertzen on Pexels.com

I am enjoying a wonderfully cool and cloudy day. 🙂

We had fibre installed today, after 4 years of intense frustration as far as internet goes. Our previous service provider was our erstwhile national telephone service, Telkom, but they’ve been going downhill over the last number of years, to the point where just about nobody uses their services anymore.

So, after the years of anger and frustration, I am sincerely hoping that we are at last going to be able to connect and stay connected without the continuous dips we have grown to expect. I do need to be able to have stable internet so I can talk to my children in Canada and Ireland, something which has been close to impossible the last few weeks. And since fibre has at last come to our town, it is time to upgrade!

About them feelings – I know that when you are in a situation that you can do nothing about, it does not help stressing about it. If you are not able to change anything, do not get upset or angry. That is, my head knows all of that. My heart is another matter. My heart is a rebel. My heart wants to get up and shout obscenities to the stupid people who are so inconsistent with their rules and regulations regarding Covid. They are messing with people’s lives. I would like for them to explain to the world how they figure out some of their crazy rules. And my anger and frustration will continue flaring up from time to time until this madness ends.

Mostly my head manages to control my heart, but I feel like a ticking time bomb most of the time. It has to stop soon…

On to the guesthouse. It is still not quite finished. Little things are stopping it from being operational, and somehow we (and by we I mean me) are just not getting around to it. The only big thing still to be done, is I have to buy a bed for the second unit. And I keep putting that off. I will just have to go out and get that dang bed, so I can start advertising and hopefully get some guests in.

A day of mixed feelings, but overall a good one – we’ve got fibre now!! And I’ve got a date, honey and nut loaf in the oven! Soon to be enjoyed with afternoon coffee. 🙂

I hope you are having a good day out there. Let me know!!!