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Maybe the end of the road for me?

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(On this site, that is.) Maybe, maybe not…

I don’t know exactly how these things work, but as I mentioned in a previous post, my subscription is nearing its end, and I am not going to renew it. I don’t need a .com if I cannot make some money off the ads. Sounds mercenary? Well, a person has to make a living, and since so many people are doing it off blogs, I thought I’d give it a try. But it is not working out, so I am not going to pay a lot of money (from a South African point of view, with the state of our economy and the value of our ZAR) just to have .com after my name.

I supposedly have more than 300 followers, but never more than a few likes, so either nine tenths of my followers are not on WordPress anymore, or they are no longer active. So it is like fighting a losing battle.

I do like the forum though, so I’ll probably continue peeking in from time to time.

I am very content at the moment. The area I live in is turning into the most beautiful place in the country right now. We’ve had good rain this season, and the countryside is exploding with wild flowers and greenery – it is a sight to behold! I continue to enjoy my walks with my rambunctious border collie x Daisy, and the air is fresh and clean. It is a joy to get some exercise out in the open air.

I hope you enjoy these pictures taken in the last week. (Please click on the pictures, to enjoy their full value.)

The Monday after the week before.

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Fishing boats in the harbour.

We had a good weekend.

Although we still worked on the guesthouse on Saturday, we most certainly did not over exert ourselves. It is close to being done now, and I hope to list the unit today so we can start welcoming guests. 🙂

Sunday was another stunner of a day. The weekend was supposed to be as hot as Hades, and it did get close! Yesterday was a scorcher! But we drove down to the seaside and spent a wonderful few hours exploring, walking, eating, talking, and of course, driving. We drove down to Struisbaai again – about 150 km’s from home. A perfect distance to get out for the day!

A very special experience for me, was ‘meeting’ the stingrays that frequent the harbour in Struisbaai – they are well known by the locals, as they come into the harbour regularly to say ‘hi’. We were on the little jetty eating our ice creams, when suddenly the shadow appeared in the water! We watched it for a while, and suddenly there were two, and then three! They peacefully glided through the water around and under the jetty for quite some time. It was magic.

The long walk on the beautiful beach once again did its magic for me. I always come away feeling grounded and relaxed after we’ve been there. It was hot, yes, but next to the sea with the waves breaking on the beach, the clear sky, and Daisy cavorting in the water, it was a feel good day.

And today? Well, today started off with rain! Yay!!! Hopefully the start of a very good rainy season. It is predicted to be cold and wet today, so a day made for me!! I will finish painting the table that has to go into the guesthouse so I can list it, and then I am going to spend some time knitting or crocheting, something I haven’t done for a while.

Enjoy your day, if I have anything to do with it, I am certainly going to enjoy mine! 😀

Sunrise on Sunday.

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Sunrise.

I saw the sun rise this morning.

That does not mean that I normally sleep late. I am always awake early, but I don’t rush outside to see the sunrise. Even if I did, I wouldn’t quite see it actually happen as my house is surrounded by a lot of tall trees.

This morning I took Daisy for an early walk out in the countryside with 2 other acquaintances, and I saw the sky lighten up until the sun peeked over the horizon. It was kind of magical. Food for the soul.

I think I should do it more often…

About Mondays and staying sane.

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Walking on the Excelsior Wine Estate in the Robertson district of the Western Cape.

The weekend is done and dusted.

Monday, in other words.

Today I am seriously going to start getting ready for the ‘building’ that will hopefully start happening on the 22nd of this month, to divide my guesthouse into two units. I need to have a meeting with the builder to make sure we are on the same page, I need to get the quote back from a cabinet maker, and I need to go and look for some hardware. I also want to go and have a look at wallpaper that a friend has (she used to renovate houses, and she has some rolls of wallpaper left over) because I think that it will make a room a lot more interesting than just painting it.

My real estate job is a serious bust at the moment, but thankfully the guesthouse has been doing very well, so I am really hoping that having two units will make it even better.

As I’ve told you before, I do like time on my own, but I am not quite hermit material yet. Although, in all honesty, I do find it more and more difficult to leave my house, even for grocery shopping… There comes a time when I’ve had enough of being alone, and that time has come. It helps a lot to know that my SO is coming down here in two weeks’ time! Happy days! Now all I have to do is try and hold onto my sanity for another 10-12 days…

To get through the weekend, I took Daisy for a nice long walk on Saturday, through the vineyards on a wine estate in the area. We both enjoyed being outdoors and in such beautiful surroundings. There are not many things that come close to a bit of mild exercise in nature to make you feel better. It gave me the necessary boost for the rest of the weekend.

There really are many benefits to walking everyday, and I really try to do just that. The advantages are not only physical, but also mental. If you don’t believe me, have a look at this article. I must admit that there are days that I just decide ‘I don’t wanna’ and then I block my mind off from the advantages, even though I know I should just get on with it. Maybe this week I’ll get myself to walk everyday…

Good luck for the week ahead, be happy, healthy and safe! 🙂

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. 🙂