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Greetings, friends!

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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. 🙂

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. 🙂

My happy places.

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“Home is where the heart is.”

Or not?

I think it depends on how you look at the saying. If you think it means that your home (happy place) is with the one(s) you love, and it doesn’t matter where, I don’t completely agree – that implies that you’ll be happy anyplace, as long as you are with your loved ones. If you mean that home is where your heart is at peace, then I tend to agree more. That implies that you can be happy there, whether you are with your loves or not.

I’ve lived in a lot of places in my life. Since I’ve only lived on my own for a while after my divorce, and in the last few years from time to time (for a few weeks at a time), that means that I’ve lived with my loved ones most of my life. And that did not necessarily translate to me being in a place where I was comfortable and happy.

And then you get to a place and you feel at home immediately. You relax, you feel as if you can breathe. You are happy. More so, of course if it is with loved ones – alone is never first choice – but your heart feels lighter somehow.

I don’t know if I’m explaining myself very well? But I do believe that one’s surroundings play a huge role in how happy you are. I think certain places can dull your spirit, lessen your creativity and make you miserable.

When my SO* is here, and we are driving around and exploring new places (which is something we do all the time because we both love this area), we always judge a place by the words “I can live here” – or not, whatever the case may be. You can feel it. Sometimes instantaneously.

So I’ve compiled a collage for you of some of my happy places and I had a very hard time deciding which pictures to use – I have too many!! I’m sure I could be deliriously happy in a myriad of other places (like the Italian or French or English countryside), but like most of us, I’ll probably never know, because we can only live in so many places in our lives! 😀

*SO – significant other

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. 😕🐞

A Faraway Birthday.

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LEXI

It is my granddaughter’s second birthday today.

I am so very blessed to have such a lively, healthy, friendly, lovable little girl to be a granny to.

I wish her all the best that life has to give, good health and happiness, faith, hope and tons of love. I wish for her perseverance for life’s little curve balls, a will of iron, a backbone of steel, and a heart of gold.

My sweet little Lexi, remember – I love you like the stars and more – HAPPY 2ND BIRTHDAY!!!!!