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Slow Sundays

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Sunday eve.

A quiet, peaceful Sunday, after a busy week. I needed that.

Growing up, I used to hate Sunday nights. Lately, it is the best time of the week for me. I need the quiet to just be. To surf a bit on the web, watch TV, and now, once again, to blog! ๐Ÿ™‚

And also, Sunday afternoons is skype time! I get to chat to my daughter thousands of miles away in Canada – I also need that. We catch up on each other’s lives, we gossip, we moan a bit, if needs be, and we share ideas and recipes. Special.

Another very special feature of my Sundays, is the time I get to spend with my SO*. We do see each other a lot during the week (mostly), but we are busy, and we talk about everything that needs to be done, and we get on with it. But on a Sunday, we do everything in slow motion. We get up slowly, have a slow, late breakfast, drive out to the farm to see that everything is in order there, and when we get back home, we relax, and talk, and re-connect with each other. I need that.

After a Sunday like this, I can face the week ahead.

*Significant Other

Too little time…

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A quick ‘hallo’ a while ago, a promise to write something again, and then…nothing!

Time.

Our big friend, and our big enemy. We often have too little time to fit everything into a day that we would like to do.

Now, this evening, I find myself with a little bit of the precious commodity. And as I start writing, I know Murphy is probably lurking in the shadows, and the rest of the household will probably come home just as I am on a roll here! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m not going to take the time tonight to add photographs, I’ll just write as the words form in my mind.

I stopped blogging about 18 months ago, and of course, lots have happened in the meantime, and I’m also not going to try and fill you in on everything, but just whatever comes to mind.

We had our overseas trip – wonderful. Lots of snow, white Christmas, lots of places that I’ve never been to before. I know that I’ve got an insatiable hunger to travel, and I could probably travel regularly and happily for the rest of my life!

We had my daughter’s wedding, I had to say goodbye, which was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, but I survived that… Then the new year started, and I had to say goodbye again. This time to my oldest son. He had finished his studies the year before, and he wanted to move down to Cape Town, and start his working life there.

I’ve just been down to visit him for his birthday, and I can fortunately say that he is loving his life down there. He found a good job (eventually!), he is now close to his girlfriend (after 2 years of having a long distance relationship), he’s got new friends, and just generally doing very well. I am a happy mom, although I miss him something terrible – constantly.

And us?

Well, we now have something in the region of 170 head of cattle, and we are kept very, very busy. My SO* still has his earth moving and plant hire business as well, so between that, the farm, and the house, we are kept running. ๐Ÿ™‚ Which is a good thing, I suppose…

That is partly why I have not been blogging, and partly because I’ve sort of just lost the passion for it, and partly just because I probably spent too much time writing, it was maybe becoming an obsession.

So let’s see if I can keep a balance this time. Write and post some pics once in a while, and not sit with the laptop on my lap all the time.

It was good chatting with you all again, although it was a bit of a ramble! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

*Significant other

 

 

 

The Cow post

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Cattle. Cows. Calves.

Oh, and creche!

I love the alliteration there! ๐Ÿ™‚ Bulls have no place in this specific post – Adam will have a chance next time.

I’m tempted to say: ‘Halleluya!’, because another beautiful calf was born yesterday morning, which brings the current total to eleven!!! Five heifers, and six bull babies. And a few more to come. I am smiling broadly at the moment. I do realize that something will go wrong again somewhere down the line, but I’m thoroughly enjoying our blessings and good fortune for now.

(I’m disappointed – I was going to post just a short video of the babies, but I can’t unless I buy space?!!!! ) So, not as cute but some pictures of the babes…

The Creche – Six of the babies relaxing with moms.

Babies a couple of weeks ago.

 

 

Yesterday we had to move our cattle to another camp, as they’ve munched off all the grass in the old camp. It was so funny to watch! They jogged through the gate, saw the green, green grass on the other side and dived in! Then after a few minutes, they realized it’s a whole camp of ย new, green grass and they started skipping and jumping and chasing each other around. It was so cool to watch! ๐Ÿ™‚

This cow was sick a short while ago, and when she saw the juicy grass, she stuck her head in it, and hardly came up for air! I had to laugh at the way she was just about ‘mowing’ the grass!!! I managed to draw her attention enough for her to lift her head so I could take a picture.

Ooooooh YUM!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

๐Ÿ™‚ ย Nearly weekend, friends, hope you’ve got wonderful plans for it!!!! ย ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday

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Sunday.

The weekend is just about over. Are you looking forward to the week ahead? I am. I’m going to spend some time with my daughter, doing some preparations for the big day at the end of November.

I said earlier this week that I’m about to do a ‘cow and calf post’ again soon, and this one is not quite it yet, but still I’m sneaking in some ‘cow and calf’. ๐Ÿ™‚

STORM RECEDING OVER THE FARM.

OUR YOUNGEST BABY, BORN YESTERDAY.

 

 

And then, last but by no means least, I have to fulfill a promise I made. Here is a picture of a picture, if you follow my drift… I received this gorgeous drawing from my friend, Mr Bunny Chow, and I promised him I’ll send him a picture of it once it’s framed. So, ta-daaaaaaa….. ๐Ÿ™‚

Drawing of Brahman baby by Mr Bunny Chow

It is standing right next to our telephone, so I see it every time I make a call. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Enjoy your evening, and good luck with the week ahead!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainy day people

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“Rainy day people always seem to know when it’s time to call

Rainy day people don’t talk, they just listen till they’ve heard it all…”

Gordon Lightfoot

(Beautiful song, worth a listen –ย http://www.songlyrics.com/gordon-lightfoot/rainy-day-people-lyrics/)

We’ve been lucky the last couple of weeks – we’ve had quite a bit of rain. ๐Ÿ™‚

There are always predictions – the wind didn’t blow in August, so it’s going to be a dry year; the winter was very cold, so we’ll have lots of rain, etc., but basically you never know what kind of rainy season you’re going to have. Even if it starts off this good, our actual rainy season is later in summer and it might not rain enough then. But I’m all for living in the moment (or at least trying to!), so I’m very happy with the rain we’ve had. Parts of the country have actually had floods, which is unfortunate.

As I’ve told you before, I LOVE rainy weather! I don’t mind if it rains for a week without a break. I find the cosiness of ย snuggling up under a blanket with something hot to drink and a book, very appealing. And, like I’ve also mentioned before (probably a few times…), I really don’t like hot weather, so I’m a happy camper at the moment! ๐Ÿ™‚

And because I love clouds, and rain, and nature, and trees, I’ve been taking a lot of pictures of clouds gathering before the rain, trees with clouds, the veld with clouds, etc. So I picked one pic for this post. I don’t think it’s the best one, but with so many to choose from, it’s difficult to decide.

Tree before the rain.

 

I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.ย  ~Henry David Thoreau

Well, not quite, since we hardly ever get snow in South Africa, and much less here, but I think you get what I’m trying to say! ๐Ÿ™‚

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I’ve tried not to do cow and calves for a while, but I won’t be able to contain myself much longer, since we’ve had quite a few babies born in the last while – the youngest yesterday morning. ย Daisy and Mom are back with all their friends and it was a very happy reunion! So watch out for another Cattle Post!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Come fly away with me…

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I’ve been wanting to take pictures of birds in flight for a loooooooooong, long time.

And I’ve tried.Many times. But they’ve always failed. Without fail. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, now I’ ve got a new camera, and I thought I’d try again. I’m not too displeased with the results, although they are very far from stunning and perfect. But they are not too bad a start. I think.

But more importantly, what do you think? Honestly?

I saw this heron perched on a man-made hilltop, and thought it might make a nice picture.

Blackheaded Heron checking out the surroundings.

The next moment it took off, and I had some trouble finding it in my view finder again, but eventually I did.

Heron in flight.

Next, I thought I’d give a try at getting some shots of the cows’ constant companions, the Cattle Egret. They feast every day on the ticks that are always around cattle.

Cattle Egret.

And of course, as I got closer, they too took off.

Egret taking off.

Egret in flight.

These were the only pics worth saving and/ showing, but I’ve enjoyed trying, and we’ve got many, many birds around here… ย You are warned – lots of bird pictures still to come!

Pleasure

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Human beings need pleasure, the way they need vitamins.ย  ~Lionel Tiger

How true is that? !! ย  I cannot imagine a life without any I wish you a wonderful weekend, with all the pleasure you can handle!! ๐Ÿ™‚

PS. This post was supposed to happen last night, but somehow the internet ย just would not co-operate. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ So, a bit late, but I am still hoping that all of you have a great weekend!)

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