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So, so random…

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Like I said to Cindy yesterday – I want to post something, but I do not have a clue what to write about…my muse has left me floundering…

Most of my photographs are still inaccessably (I don’t think this word exists…) Β hidden in my dead laptop, and I have not taken any over the last few days that has inspired me in any way.

So…this is a totally random post, with totally random pictures, saying absolutely nothing! πŸ™‚

 

While waiting for my SO* at the workshop today, I noticed this tree. It is a ‘weed’ in SA, and not even a particularly good looking tree (it is a syringa), but this one, caught my eye because of the bright yellow of the leaves left on the tree, against the bright blue sky.

 

Also at the workshop, there is a patch of little aloe-like succulents, that has the cutest flowers. I’ve been wanting to take pictures of these for a while now, and today, while still waiting around, I eventually got around to it. But since inspirations is lacking, they came out quite ‘blah’.

Little red pom-pom.

 

And once again, to finish off with, a peaceful scene on our farm, taken last weekend.

Another sunset.

 

And with that, I wish you a wonderful evening/day, and be blessed!!! πŸ™‚

 

*Significant Other

 

Sticks and stones.

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Some of you know that I’m not a huge fan of black & white photographs.

However… I’ve been inspired by some of my friends here in blogland (like Leanne and Mr Bunnychow), to try something different. I’ve been waiting for a photograph that is stunning, different and that has the ‘wow’ factor, but for that I might wait for a very long time! πŸ™‚

So, I decided to use two of the more abstract B & W’s that I’ve taken over the last two weeks, and get an idea of what you guys think of it. I still have to get a feeling for it, so if you don’t, that’s fine with me! πŸ™‚

I was closing a gate on the farm last week, when I noticed some gravel lying there. It was left over after they put in new fence posts, and I thought – why not give this a try…

Stones.

This next one was just a random idea that I tried, since I always felt that B&W works better with abstract pictures.

Sticks.

I’ve taken a lot of other , more ‘normal’ pictures as well, but to me they look extremely ordinary and boring, so I’ll have to decide if I’m going to share them with you.

But in the meantime, it’s weekend, so here’s wishing you all a wonderful weekend!!! πŸ™‚

Special moments.

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We are doing a lot of work on the farm at the moment – fixing fences, putting up new ones, building a cottage, etc. I had a very busy day today, since I’m looking after the work on the farm, I have to help out at the workshop to make sure things run (relatively) smoothly while my SO* is working his butt off driving about a 150km to work everyday and I have to run the household. After my last round this afternoon to check that everything is going according to plan, I was on my way home, when I noticed the sky.

Like Cindy mentioned in her blog, it is rarely that a picture does justice to what one saw at the moment that you took the picture, and unfortunately this is no exception, but I had to try at least.

Peculiar clouds on the farm.

Cloud cover.

I think these clouds spell serious cold weather for us, but it is winter, after all!!!

I love being busy, and I love the work on the farm. Some days are wonderful and easy, some are difficult and full of problems, but the one thing I can count on, is that I will often have these very special moments where I see, or hear, or feel something (mostly on the farm) that makes all the grafting worth while.

Until next time, be blessed. πŸ™‚

SO – significant other.

Frosty Friday

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I know. It’s Monday. So what’s with the ‘frosty Friday’ nonsense?

On Friday I had to go to the farm very early. Well, very early for me, that is… πŸ™‚ I can’t remember if I’d mentioned this before, but I’m not a morning person. I don’t like sleeping late per se, but I just hate being up and about and all bubbly and happy and smiling at 6 or 7 am. I often wake up early, but then I like to gently ease into the day, have coffee, check my e-mails, maybe see what’s going on in the world on CNN of BBC, have a shower, have some breakfast, and then maybe, MAYBE, I’m ready for the day.

That was not to be on Friday. On Friday I had to be up early and on the farm early as well. And guess what, once I’m up and about, it’s not so bad being up and about! πŸ™‚

And because I was there early, I could appreciate the morning light, the fresh morning air, and I saw the first frost of the winter! (I think…)

I took a few photographs of the frost, and I only now have the time to post something since last week. (Remember, my laptop died. I have to fit my blogging in between my work, my SO using his laptop, and his kids using his laptop.)

Hence, the Frosty Friday post on a Monday.

Frost, on dead grass.

 

More frost, on leaf and grass! πŸ™‚

Frost, on seed pod,,, and grass!!!! πŸ™‚

 

Hopefully I’ll soon have something more interesting to post, but until then, be blessed. πŸ™‚

 

 

Sunshine in a bottle – something different…

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I’m slightly freaked out.

My laptop died.

So, there I was 2 days ago, writing this whole piece of history as promised to you guys, and I couldn’t get to my pictures. And every time I think of something I want to write, I remember that I cannot get to my ‘old’ photographs.

Therefor, I had to take some new pictures.

About a week ago, my SO’s* mother sent us a HUGE bag of kumquats. Her tree bore abundant fruit this year, and since she doesn’t like these pretty little fruits, she sent them to us. Problem is, I also don’t like to eat them. And since there are only 2 people at a time in the house that do eat kumquats, the majority of those fruits were probably going to go to waste.

I decided that it will be a dreadful waste, so I got onto the internet, found a recipe for kumquat marmalade, and I got going. Marmalade is another thing I don’t really enjoy, but at least then we can give a bottle or two of marmalade to someone that does enjoy it, and the fruit doesn’t end up on our compost heap.

Kumquats.

 

It is extremely time consuming. To get the pith out, and the pips, and then to cut it up finely, took me a couple of hours, and I only did one kilogram! I didn’t want to do too much, in case it didn’t work out. (I’ve never made jam before.)

 

Cleaned and cut!

 

After all that, adding the rest of the ingredients is as easy as pie, but then you have to watch it like a hawk so it doesn’t overcook and become a sticky inedible mess!! πŸ™‚

And then, the best part, is spooning it into the prepared bottles!!! And tasting it, of course! And in the end, I was really pleased with the result. It is far from perfect, I’m sure, but it tastes good and doesn’t look too bad.

I couldn’t quite get the pictures the way I wanted, but at least you’ll get the idea!

 

Sunshine, bottled, with clove! πŸ™‚

 

 

And the taste test…

Seed loaf, real butter and kumquat marmalade!!

 

Apparently, the computer guy will be able to retrieve the stuff on my pc, so all I need to do is get new one… 😦 Β Or just buy an external hard drive to put everything on, and then I could, for the moment, use my darling, patient SO’s laptop, until my finances look a bit better.

Until next time then, cheers! πŸ™‚

 

 

Sunday morning coming down…

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The winter has arrived.

We were warned from early on this week, that the cold would hit the country by this weekend. And it did! Not that I’m complaining, mind you! As I’ve told you before, I love winter and everything that goes with it. Up to now, we’ve had unseasonably warm temperatures, so it was time for the cold to strike. One cannot have a year without winter now, can we? πŸ˜‰

It is Sunday morning, not too early, and I’m wondering how we are going to spend our day. We have several cows about to calf (we think so, since we don’t know much about being cattle farmers! We could still be waiting this time next month, for all I know!) Yesterday one of them really seemed to be uncomfortable, so we’ll probably spend a lot of time on the farm, to make sure they are all fine, especially since it is so very cold.

And then Β there is the Montreal Grand Prix, later on today, which we will most probably watch, since my SO* is such a petrolhead! I really don’t mind that, since I’ve always loved beautiful cars as well, and I’ve learnt a lot about machines since we’re together.

We will make something to eat, somewhere during the day. We are not clock watchers, and we won’t necessarily have breakfast now (it is 8.28 am), and we probably won’t have lunch at 1pm. We do things rather randomly around here, but we all seem to be fine – nobody starving to death. But somewhere during the day, we will decide to put that pork roast in the oven, and make some veggies to go with it, and we’ll have a late lunch.

I mostly love Sundays, it is just once in a while that I feel a bit edgy, or irritated, and those are the days that I hope something comes up to make it a little bit less…quiet, shall we say?

So, here’s wishing you all a wonderful Sunday. May you have the kind of day that you enjoy having. Since tomorrow it is back to work for all of us, may you also have a day of rest and quiet, and be refreshed for the week ahead.

A part of ‘The Twelve Apostles’ (mountain range behind table Mountain) sticking through the clouds on our drive round Chapman’s Peak two weekends ago.

PS. Β I know I owe you one more ‘history lesson’ from our trip – I will get around to it this week.

*Significant other.

Peace

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A ‘peace’ of heaven on earth… πŸ™‚

‘Lord, bid war’s trumpet cease;
Fold the whole earth in peace.’
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

I’m not feeling particularly peaceful this evening. But, I am hoping that someday soon, my SO* and myself will feel a great sense of Β peace in our lives, especially him. He’s had to make one tough decision after the other lately, not knowing whether it is the best thing to do or not. That is life, I know, but I sincerely wish I could make things easier for him, and make the turmoil that he’s feeling, go away.

This picture, (taken on our little farm, of course) conveys a feeling of peace to me. It is basically a very ordinary photograph of absolutely nothing, but I think it is the colours of the sunset that work for me.

Since it’s Friday, I wish all of you a very peaceful, relaxed weekend. πŸ™‚

* Significant Other