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Winter warmers.

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Some light snow on the mountains during the previous cold spell we had.

We’ve had 2 beautiful, mild, spring-like days, but the wind is starting to blow seriously now, and I’m sure the promised cold front is on its way. The possibility of 2 or 3 very cold days does not faze me, I love the cold weather!

Along with the cold weather, I also love food that most people consider perfect for cold weather – hearty stews and  heavy, veggie- and-meat laden soups! Even thinking about cold wind howling outside, a huge pot of stew on the stove, and a warm, comfy lounge and some blankets for extra cosiness, makes my heart warm… Throw in some knitting and a soppy TV show/movie, and you’ve got perfection!

I also love winter clothes. Jackets. Boots. Scarves. Hand knitted sweaters and cardigans. Crochet afghans. It is ironic that I live in a country where winter is only 3 months long, and also very mild, compared to most other countries.

I know most people hate winter. I cannot quite understand that, as it really is an essential part of the cycles of life and nature, so rather than hating it, why not make it easier on yourself and embrace it? There are just soooooo many ways in which you can make yourself comfortable in the cold. And after all, you can pile on the clothes to make yourself warm, but in the heat, even if you strip down to bare essentials, it doesn’t help to cool down – not where we are, anyway!

Like comedian Billy Connolly says – ‘There is no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes!’ 😀

I have yet to decide what we’re having for dinner tonight, but I do know that if the cold front is in full swing by tomorrow, as promised, dinner will be something warm and filling and comforting…

(I wonder if psychologists have figured out people’s personalities by the season they prefer yet?)

Until next time, stay safe! 🙂

Huge, as milestones go…

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As promised yesterday, I am going to tell you about another huge event that happened since I last posted (since the time before yesterday, which was 2 years ago!) And just so you know, this is typically me – either full on, or totally off. I haven’t posted for 2 years, now I want to post twice a day…

I had the privilege of raising 3 children. Three very amazing human beings, I must add (as most parents probably think about their children). And they left home for varsity, and then one by one they started working, and going about their lives.

Then, of course, as life goes, one by one, they met someone and fell in love. My daughter got married and in the same year, she and her husband moved to Canada – big tears…

But, people, then…then after many years (or that’s what it felt like to me), they decided to start a family, and last year January, I became a grandmother for the first time!!! Oh, the joy….

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I am now a proud, doting grandmother, and I will not apologize for it! My little granddaughter is the light of my life, and she brings me so much joy. From a distance, of course, since she is in Canada, and I am in South Africa.

The distance is a sore point, I can not lie about it. I am so pleased that my children have grown up to be independent human beings, because that is how I tried to raise them. But if I could have a say, if I had a choice, I would prefer to have them closer. I would like to see my little angel more than twice in 18 months. I would love to be part of her life, and form some kind of bond with her.

The fact remains – I am a granny, I am chuffed to bits about it, and I adore my little granddaughter, and it is one of the best things that ever happened in my life.

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Hi, my name is…

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Hi, my name is Zelmaré, and I haven’t posted for years!

Haha…funny, not funny. I used to be addicted to blogging, couldn’t go a day without, and then, just like that, I stopped. Why, you may ask? I’ve asked myself that question, but have yet to come up with an answer…

Since the last time I wrote anything here (I honestly don’t even know when the last time was, I even had to change my password because I had forgotten the previous one!), a hell of a lot has happened in my life.

I should’ve checked when my last post was, because now I have to fly by the seat of my pants in terms of where to start … but here goes!

I was still farming in the northern province of Limpopo in South Africa then, and I had a few frustrations going on in my life, which made it difficult for me to be happy.

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I found my passion in cattle farming, relatively late in life. I loved every minute of the 7 years that I worked with these amazing creatures, but I had to make decisions regarding my life and happiness, so I had to give them up, which broke my heart… But hey – choices!!!

Which brings me to another one of the huge changes in my life in the last few years. I have always loved the Western Cape province of South Africa. I knew the area from a young age, and it has been a dream of mine for many years to live there (here). So, a few years ago, after I sold my house in the Northwest, I decided to buy a place somewhere in the Western Cape. I ended up buying a 130 year old cottage in Robertson 3 years ago, in the heart of the wine country, and made one of my dreams come true. At first my SO* and I shared our time between Limpopo and Robertson, since his whole life has been in Limpopo for the last 30 years, but last year, I moved here permanently and started a new life.

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My SO* is here with me as much as he can/wants to be, and if he misses his place up in the north too much, or when he has matters requiring his attention, he spends some time there. When he is here, we love exploring, or going for bike rides around the beautiful places in the area, or working on the cottage. All in all, a completely different life for me to the previous 9 years.

There was another huge event that took place recently and changed my life forever, but since I am determined to blog more often from now on, I will let that stand over for next time!

Until then, blog friends, stay safe!

*SO – significant other