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I have awesome children, I love them to bits and an amazing boyfriend who is the light of my life, so they will most definitely pop up here from time to time.

A Winter’s Tale.

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Not Shakespeare’s play, or the book by Mark Helprin, not even the songs by Queen or David Essex, although both are definitely worth a listen.

Just my own little Sunday story.

It has been unseasonably warm the last week or so. I’m a believer that winter has to be properly cold, to kill off bugs and other nasties, and I love winter, so I was a bit peeved about the warmer weather.

But today is colder, and I am not going anywhere, so I am doing the ‘slow’ thing today. I woke up, fed the cat and dog, made myself some coffee, and took myself and the coffee back to bed. Not to sleep, no. But it was the warmest place to be, so I read in bed for an hour before getting up and getting dressed.

I had to do a quick stop at a shop, unfortunately, but I needed one or two ingredients to make my and my SO’s favourite date and nut loaf. It is baking as we speak, and smells delicious. I am sorry that he is not here to share it with me, but I did make him one before he left to go back north.

I can not deny that I am feeling a bit out of sorts today. I had a wonderful long chat with my son in Ireland last night, but today I am missing him and my Canadian children fiercely. And even though I saw my son in SA about 2 weeks ago, and my SO as well, when the missing starts, it encompasses them all. It is in fact causing a pain in my chest and a constriction in my throat. So I am trying to rise above that by keeping sort of busy, but it will probably get the better of me sometime during the day… I will definitely go for a long walk with Daisy later, to get some good physical exercise too.

So that is basically my winter Sunday story. Not a very chirpy one, I know, but weekends on my own often result in these emotions.

But let me try and end on a positive note. Although it is colder today, the sun is shining outside, the birds sound deliriously happy because they are chirping away like crazy, and the date loaf is nearly ready to come out of the oven! I will be having at least two slices with some tea within the next hour – yum! I had a good night’s sleep, and I am still hearty and hale!

So all you good folk and gentle people, have yourself a wonderful Sunday, and be kind to yourself.

Sunday vibes.

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Morning coffee

I know, it is only Tuesday.

So what is this about ‘Sunday vibes’ then? Well, once again, I had the best of intentions to come home on Sunday and write about my day. I didn’t. And now I’m going to. Simple. 😉

Actually, I am not going to write a lot, I’m posting a few pictures about my day, because it was an especially beautiful one, starting with coffee on the patio, with views. ↑

Autumn vines

What do you think? Am I right, or am I right? Everything about the day had me smiling – the blue skies, the fresh air, the views as I drove home, but most of all, the company of the people around me and the fun, jokes and the delicious meal we shared. ♥

Mental well-being.

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False Bay, Western Cape, South Africa.

Be positive. Be positive. Be positive…

Easier said than done. I can pretend I am positive all the time, while I’m screaming inside. What good will that do? Maybe if I pretend hard enough, I’ll actually become positive? Maybe. I doubt it though.

I’ve written before about how I do all these little ‘things’ to stay busy and positive and happy. It’s not working for me anymore.

Let me tell you why. (You might not be interested to know about my woes, but I’ll tell you anyway…)

I AM happy about the fact that we (my loved ones) are all still healthy, have food to eat, and roofs over our heads. I AM happy that we are comparatively free to live our lives and go about our business (the ones here in South Africa anyway. The loved ones in Ireland and Canada, are much less free.)

But the fact that all of us cannot see the end of these limitations that have been placed on us regarding travel, the fact that a lot of things related to Covid and vaccines are still unclear and uncertain, is really, REALLY getting my goat now!!! And I know I’m not the only one. And it is also not only for the sake of traveling. Thousands, maybe millions of people have loved ones living in other countries – children, grandchildren, uncles, aunts, brothers, sisters – and we are forbidden to see them. What does that do to family relationships? How does that impact on people’s mental health? I can tell you – very negatively.

My shoulders and neck are sore and stiff all the time. I don’t sleep well. I’m irritated. I have difficulty breathing properly. And I cry at the drop of a hat.

Maybe that’s just me. Maybe I’m just a sugar lump, that melts at the first few drops of rain. But I’m thinking there must be others out there who feel the same way.

Greetings, friends!

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Photo by Tom Swinnen on Pexels.com

My goodness, it’s been a while!

I’ve had a crazy couple of weeks. You have to know it was busy if I didn’t have time to write a few words here.

We’ve been building and changing the guesthouse, and it took longer than planned, which had my nerves frayed by the end of it. I don’t want to write about that today, since I do not have the energy to recall and regale you with all the ‘fun’ we had and to download the pictures, but I will do that some time next week, as promised. Suffice it to say – the guests could come and stay as booked and planned, which was a relief.

With the way the different governments are handling the ‘pandemic’ (I’m way past believing that we still have a pandemic, if indeed we ever truly had one), I’m beginning to think that I will never see my children in Canada and Ireland again, and to my granddaughter I’ll forever be a face on a cell phone screen. When our travel restrictions are lifted, theirs aren’t, and vice versa. South Africa still has a few ridiculous rules, like suddenly restricting the sale and transport of alcohol for the Easter weekend, but generally we are quite free to move around.

We can travel anywhere inside our country, we can eat in restaurants and go to pubs, we can meet friends and family, we are just not allowed to have big gatherings of people, and we have to wear masks in public. I think it is time for the world to move on now, and for governments to stop using the excuse of the pandemic to further their own hidden agendas.

We spent a lovely few hours with my eldest son today (I’m going to stop saying ‘eldest son’ from now on, as he is the only son/child I can spend time with without having to get on a plane and fly somewhere). We met up with him at a market that was started in an old railway shed in the middle of the main apple growing area of South Africa, which was turned into a delightful place to meet with friends and family. There is live music, (which I could listen to all day – it was my kind of music, and the guy could actually sing), and a variety of food and drinks to choose from. We caught up a bit on what was happening in our lives, and of course – we sorted out the world’s problems!

The drive there and back is beautiful. It is one of my favourite routes, through mountains and valleys and apple orchards, so that added to the joy of the day.

Now I’m home, and I feel like it was a day well spent.

I hope you all had a good day. If not, I hope tomorrow will be so much better. 🙂

This is us.

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I thought I’d do something different today.

Instead of trying to help you, or teach you, or tell you off, or moan about the heat, I’m just going to post a few pictures. I don’t post a huge amount of personal photographs, but since it’s Friday, the start of the weekend, and I’m missing a lot of people, I’ll introduce you to some of them.

I’ll start off with this collage, introduce the people in the pics to you, and from there you’ll know who is who. 🙂

From top left: my mom and I; my daughter and her little family; my significant other and I, and at the bottom – my 2 sons, me, my daughter-in law (wife to my eldest son on the far L)

Like I said in my introduction on my homepage, I am the proud mother of three (now 5 with my children- in law!) and doting grandmother to one precious little girl. And my significant other is VERY significant in my life, even if we are apart a lot of the time…

I am on my own quite a lot, so blogging and my hobbies (mainly knitting/crocheting and gardening) keep me going and keep me sane!

Have a lovely weekend, and whatever you do, be safe. 😕🐞