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Easing into winter…

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A ‘few’ pumpkins at the Pumpkin Farm Stall.

I’m back with the topic of autumn.

It is an ending and a beginning at the same time. The end of summer, and intense heat. The end of growth – in nature, that is. The end of having to swim or take cold showers three times a day to cool off. The end off lying awake at night, too hot to breathe.

The beginning of the slow glide into winter. The beginning of starting to wear cardigans, and long sleeve T’s. The beginning of taking an early bath and putting on PJ’s to spend the rest of the evening cozy on the couch. The beginning of a different menu – more stews, soups and other comfort food. The beginning of nature’s regeneration through winter.

No wonder it is so many people’s favourite season…

"No spring nor summer's beauty
hath such grace,
As I have seen in one autumnal face... " 
~ John Donne

Growth.

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Livingstone daisies.

Nature is amazing.

I’m talking plants and rivers and animals now, not human nature. Warning – I’m going to go all philosophical on you today…

Take a look at this picture.⬇️ Can you see how that little avo tree is going crazy? It is growing like nothing I’ve planted and pampered in my garden! I was running around yesterday to make sure the irrigation water we get once a week went to all the right places in the garden, and I discovered this little guy, next to the compost heap.

We must have thrown it out some time ago, because we haven’t had avo’s for a few months now. And there it rolled out of the compost heap, and started growing. And by the looks of things, it is thriving. It just went – “oh look, soil under me, sun above, and water every now and again, so let me do what I do best!” I mean – it is not even planted properly! 🙂🤷🏼‍♀️

How different from us humans. We will moan and complain about our lives or living conditions (even if it is good!) – I don’t like the view from the living room window, I wanted a bigger kitchen, I don’t like my neighbour, I wanted to live in another suburb, we need one more bedroom, we must have more money, etc.

We always have the option to ‘grow where we landed’, but no…let’s rather moan and groan about it. Myself included, of course. How sad. We could be a lot happier, if we allowed ourselves to be. Sometimes, why don’t we just make the best of what we’ve got, instead of making ourselves unhappy by dwelling on something we might not be able to change for months or even years.

Dig your roots in, turn your face to the sun, enjoy the water when it flows around you, even if it is not quite as much as you need. And flourish. Grow.

Mornings in my garden.

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Dewdrops and avo leaf.

I woke up to a beautiful day this morning.

I slept okay, as I do mostly these days, and woke up ready for the day. I like taking a walk through the garden first thing, to see if anything significant has happened during the night, you know, like seeds sprouting or tomatoes starting to ripen! 🙂 I find a walk through the garden early in the morning, is a calm and soothing way to start my day. There are also a lot of birds in my garden and in the area, so it is wonderful to listen to all the birds chirping away in the trees, watching them trying to get to the worms and bugs in the lawn.

I was on my way to throw some vegetable peels onto the compost heap, when I noticed a large avocado leaf lying on the grass. I stooped down to have a closer look, and saw beautiful drops of dew lying in perfectly formed little domes on top of it. I was immediately inspired to fetch my phone and take some pictures.

I love my garden best early in the morning when everything is still fresh and cool, so I took a few more pictures and thought that I’d like to share them with you. I hope you enjoy them!

Perfect drops of dew.
Morning sun.

Talking about sleep and waking up refreshed – remember a while back I wrote a piece on how I was battling to sleep? Well, I started implementing some of the suggestions I made in my post, and lo and behold, it worked!!! Happy days. Let me say first off, it doesn’t work every single night, but compared to how it used to be, I am happy at the success.

The things that work the best for me are going to bed at the same time each night (or as close to that as possible), and reading a few pages (sometimes only a few paragraphs!) of a favourite book. That tends to send me right off to dreamland! Maybe if you are suffering from sleeplessness, you can try a few of these suggestions in my post.

Have a wonderful, happy and healthy weekend! Stay safe! 😀

A beaut of a day…

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Stilbaai/Still Bay

I loved today.

We started the day slowly. Woke up, had coffee, and something to eat. We then decided to take a drive somewhere, explore some more of the area we live in.

We did a roundtrip of about 400 km’s, through some beautiful countryside. We stopped for a while at Stilbaai (Still Bay) for a walk on the beach with Daisy – it was absolutely gorgeous!

We saw some places we’ve never been, and loved the new scenery and beautiful towns. We did Robertson, Swellendam, Heidelberg, Riversdale, Still Bay, back to Heidelberg through Jongensfontein, and back through Swellendam to Robertson.

First part of the trip…

Traveling , exploring, discovering new places – these are some of my favourite things to do, so I love days like today.

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend too!

Wind in my hair…

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Daisy.

My mind is blown…

Figuratively! 😀 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. 🙂