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Summer wine.

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The weekend is here.

Wasn’t it just the weekend? Some days time flies, others it feels like a day has 48 hours. This week has flown by.

This has been one of my all time favourite songs for years now, and warm, end-of-summer days like today make me think of it. It feels like the perfect way to end a week. If you enjoy this version, give the Nancy Sinatra/Lee Hazlewood version a listen too, and let me know which one you prefer.

I don’t have much to say today, other than enjoy the music.

CHEERS friends, hope your weekend is a good one! 🙂

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. 😕🐞

Feelings, February and Food.

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My mosaic blanket – The Queen CAL.

Have you ever had a feeling that something bad is about to happen?

That feeling that sticks in your gut? It is nearly like you’ve been to the doctor and you are waiting for your test results. And it tends to stick, at least for a day.

I get that quite often, and I’m not sure how to interpret it. Is it normal anxiousness? Is it my sixth sense warning me about something I’m too dense to see?

I should probably start writing down when it happens and for how long. Maybe I can then pinpoint what triggers it, and if it has any validity. Other than that it does ease a bit when I take deep breaths, so at least I get enough oxygen for that day! I don’t like it when that happens, but today is a glorious day, so I will not let it spoil the day for me.

It is already the last Friday of the month. Monday is not only the start of a new week, but also of a new month. Have you had a look at your calendar yet? February is a perfect month this year. A beautiful, exact 4 week month – Mon. to Sun., four times. 🙂

I have at last finished my mosaic crochet baby blanket, as you can see from the picture above. It is one of the most enjoyable items I’ve ever made, and even though thousands of people have made much prettier and larger versions of this same blanket, I am quite proud of how it turned out. I will most definitely crochet a much bigger one in future.

I feel like something yummy to go with my afternoon coffee today, so I’m thinking that I’ll make a different version of the loaf in this previous post – I’ve got oranges, so I’ll swop the lemons for oranges, maybe add some rosemary to the syrup for an extra touch. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

You guys must have an awesome weekend, stay safe, stay happy!!! I’ll play you out with one of my favourite songs! Enjoy! 😀

End of the week – does it still mean anything?

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Peace and calmness…

So, Friday has come around again. And Friday 13th, to top it off!!! (To me a very special day, as it is my daughters birthday today, and since she was born, the 13th held no threat to me anymore – how could it, it was the best day of my life, when I became a mother for the first time!!!)

But back to Fridays, and weekends – are you pleased it’s weekend? Excited? Relieved? Or does it not matter to you at the moment?

Used to be, we all couldn’t wait for Friday to roll around. Tired after a week’s work, excited to hang out with friends or get some well earned rest. Sometimes there were chores to be done around the house, shopping to be done, people to see.

Nowadays, it seems (to me at least) that all the days are basically the same, and whether it is weekend or not doesn’t really matter. In some countries a lot of people have started working again, in others most are still in lockdown, or in lockdown again. Here in South Africa, most of the industries have started up again, so weekends are becoming more important again.

How has this ‘inertia’ impacted on your life? Did/do you find it difficult with most days feeling the same and sort of just flowing into each other? Does it make you upset, not having a routine to stick to?

I like doing my own thing, deciding day by day how I’m going to spend the day. It is not very conducive to earning good money, but in my industry (real estate), most of the activity depends on the amount of buyers that is around – if there is no activity, then also (obviously!), no money will be coming in. And it is only now starting to pick up…

So, for now, I’m fine with being relatively inactive, with short bursts of business. I’m coming to that part of my life anyway, where things slow down, and restfulness and calm take over. If only one got paid for doing nothing…

Until next time, enjoy your weekend! 🙂

Champagne days.

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A champagne day. Picture taken from Sir Lowry’s Pass.

Today was, what I call, a champagne day.

To try and explain that – it is a special day, in terms of the ‘feels’. It is a clear day with blue skies. There is a slight bite in the air, but the sun is shining brightly. You can breathe deeper than normal, because the wind that blew yesterday, had gotten rid of all the filth in the air. You feel like dancing, but you don’t, so there is a special spring in your step. It feels like you can single handedly change the world. You feel happy and bouncy for absolutely no reason.

I know the picture (above) is not as crisp as the air was, but there is often a slight haze in the air close to the sea, but that does not detract from the beauty of the day.

Normally when I drive along this road (the N2, between Grabouw and Cape Town), I am focused on my destination. Today I just had to stop at the top of Sir Lowry’s Pass, at the look out point, to just take in the beauty before me, and of course, take a picture. When you stop there, you look back toward False Bay, and the town called Strand, with Muizenberg and Fish Hoek in the far distance. It is an iconic drive, and one you have to do when you come to Cape Town, along with Chapman’s Peak Drive, and the road out of Gordons’ Bay on the R44 past Rooiels, Pringle Bay and Kleinmond. Not to forget driving over the Du Toit’s Kloof Pass with endless views back towards Cape Town.

The view from Chapman’s Peak Drive.

But, I digress. My point is – I’ve had a champagne day. A bubbly kind of day. Happy. Feel good. Do you know what I mean? Nothing special happened, I went to fetch my mom from my son’s place and drove straight back (about 300kms in all), but I just felt good, and the day was a beaut, and all in all I’m a happy old gal.

What a good way to start the weekend, don’t you think? 😀

I wish you a wonderful weekend, and a champagne day or two in your near future! 🙂