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PEACE.

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Peace…

See this pic ↑ ?

That right there is peace.

To me at least. (I saw these beautiful ladies on my way back from a neighbouring town today, and I had to stop to say ‘hi’ and take a few pictures.)

Just like a few places make me feel at home, a few things/places allow me to feel peace, in my heart and soul.

I farmed with cattle for about 7 years, and that was some of the most fulfilling years of my life. Of course it was really hard work too, but being amongst the cattle, especially very early in the morning or in the evening, brought a feeling to my heart that is very hard to describe. The sound of them lowing softly, or pulling the stalks of grass off the tuft, and munching it when everything else is quiet all around – magic.

But of course, life happens and things change. Life is a journey – onward and upward.

Fortunately, I now live close to the coast, which is another place where I can feel peace. A bit weird, since the sea crashing onto the beach is everything but peaceful, but the breaking waves start falling into a rhythm of their own when you watch and listen for long enough. The sounds, together with the smell and the breathtaking beauty of the ocean is healing in itself.

Closer to home, my back garden is a place of peace – mostly. That is, if one of the neighbours is not cutting grass or entertaining visitors, or busy with a grinder or something else that makes a noise… But certain times of the day, I kick off my shoes, and I take my coffee or glass of wine, and I go sit in my garden with my toes in the grass. I listen to all the different species of birds going about their business, I enjoy the breeze (hopefully!) and I unwind. Peace.

Where do you feel peace? It is important to know that, because we all need our pockets of peace every single day. 🙂

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! 😀

Gardening joy.

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I love my garden.

The garden was actually what made me buy this particular house.

We’ve made a lot of changes to the garden, and I am far from done. Some days I find it frustrating because the changes are happening so slowly, but I know I have to breathe, relax, and enjoy the journey. Gardening is a process, it takes time to establish a good looking, well planned, lush garden. ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’, was one of my mother’s favourite things to say when I was growing up.

My current frustration is the fact that the tomatoes I bragged about a while ago, has now run out of steam. I don’t know if I should have given them more fertilizer, or whether they only have a short lifespan. I have planted new ones, though, and I am impatiently waiting for them to grow now. I am hoping that I’ll get another few weeks of good harvesting out of them before it starts getting colder.

I enjoy going out in the evenings to water my plants, especially the veggies I’ve planted. I’m waiting for tomatoes, chillies, broad leaf parsley and lettuce to grow. The smell of wet earth, the smell of the tomato plants and the feel of the earth beneath my feet is a joy.

An enormous chilli growing on a tiny plant. Tomorrow I’ll have to repot it, I can see the plant taking some strain…
Grounding. My way… 😉

I am also rearranging most of the garden. It is already looking so much different from when I bought the house, even though there is still so much to do.

My first point of order is to tidy up the part of the garden at the back of the guesthouse. I want my guests to enjoy sitting outside and relaxing, so it is important to make that as pretty and ‘zen’ as possible.

I will, no doubt, be keeping you in the loop of how things progress here, in the meantime, keep calm and keep on gardening!!!

Just breathe…

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Just breathe… A remote little bay, a few days ago.

Just in case you are wondering – no, I did not break anything or anyone after my post yesterday, although I am still peeved. Some deep breathing helped…

But it’s a new dawn, it’s a new day (here it is already halfway done), and with it came new challenges and things to do. So I’ll try and let go of my frustrations for a while. If I can.

Let’s talk house and home for a while, since that is after all the place where we are softly incarcerated for the moment…

My tomatoes are still very bountiful, and it is a joy to eat fresh-from-the-garden, organic tomatoes everyday! I’ve even made some tomato puree for future use. The plants seem to be coming to the end of their lives, though, so I better get some seeds in the ground for new plants, and since I am apparently not going anywhere for some time, I may as well grow things… The beans also produce a handful every few days, which is quite a joy to see.

My garden’s bounty…

I tried my hand at a crusty loaf, and to my delight it came out beautifully and so delicious. I will definitely make it again. Nothing like the smell and taste of freshly baked bread!

Yum!

And then, of course, my constant go-to therapeutic activity, crochet. ( A baby blanket this time.) Always a joy to do, and mostly satisfying to see the end product.

Shades of blue.

So, all in all, I managed once again to contain my frustrations. So proud of myself – *slap on the back*.

If you’ll excuse me now, I’ve got some more deep breathing and crocheting to do…

Here there, this that…

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Sunset on the farm, exactly a week ago.

I cannot believe that I haven’t posted anything for more than a week! Aaaaarggggghhhh!

I am not going to go into all the details about why, suffice it to say, I was away, I was really busy, and I managed to spend an hour or so on the farm, my previous happy place.

I heard that a lot of countries have been ‘downgraded’ again due to our common enemy, Mr. Covid, and my heart goes out to you all. Hang in there, this too shall pass! 🙂

I’ve been going through emotional ups and downs myself lately. I miss all my children all the time, (but especially the faraway ones, since I am lucky enough to see my eldest son relatively often), finances are not ideal and I don’t see relief in the near future, and I just need things to go back to normal again…

Enough whining! Onto the positive stuff! 🙂

I’ve planted some tomatoes a while back, and they have really taken off the last week. I’m hoping to get a good harvest, as we use quite a lot of tomatoes. I have also planted beans, and they are slowly getting there too. My roses have exploded, and they look and smell heavenly! So all in all, my garden is a joy at the moment. Working in the garden also gives me an ideal opportunity do the ‘earthing’ thing, and even if it doesn’t live up to all the promises, I do feel good after I’ve spent some time barefoot in the garden, and that’s the main thing. (I’m NOT saying that it doesn’t deliver, I haven’t done enough of it yet to form an opinion, and besides being quite stressed, I don’t have health issues that I needed to resolve by earthing.)

Tomatoes left, and spinach.
My old English roses.

With the flowers and the fruit, there are also a lot of birds in my garden, and I thought that I’d like to attract even more, so I am going to build myself a few feeders. (Or maybe just buy some… I’ll get back to you on that… 😉 ) Since I’ve got a little guesthouse in my back garden, and there are a LOT of birders out there, it might be something they’ll enjoy when they stay over. What do you think? Maybe with a little journal where they can record the birds they’ve seen?

Until next time, blog friends, breathe deeply, stay calm, and be safe. 🙂