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About Racism, and being politically incorrect …

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I was raised to respect (verb).

Other people. Their belongings. Their religions, or lack thereof. Animals, or indeed all living things. Laws. My elders. Etc., etc.

As such, I believe I should be respected by others. I believe that one should live and let live. Do no harm. I am a white South African female, from European descent. In fact, just recently, I traced a part of my ancestors (my mother’s father’s ancestors) back to the 1600’s in Germany. I am so proud of that! South Africans are a mix of Dutch, French, German and English settlers that came to this country to start  a new life. Which they did, and did very well. I am also a farmer, and sad to say, white farmers in South Africa are being persecuted and murdered every day, because they are white. (From 1 January to 31 July 2017 there have been 257 farm attacks, and 53 farm murders reported, in South Africa. It’s terrifying, it’s shocking, it’s routine. In 212 days, 53 people were brutally killed, many tortured, and families torn apart forever.) (This is a quote that I took off the internet, a Facebook page that is trying to let the world know what is happening here.)

We don’t live on our farm, which is something we would dearly love to do, but it is just not safe. It is not only farmers that are targeted. White children disappear everyday, people that travel alone, from home to work, or vice versa, are disappearing and their bodies found later. The government is trying to make it off as something co-incidental, but for us living here, seeing the news everyday, we know that something else is going on here. I am proud to be a white South African, and I will continue to be despite liberals all over the world’s efforts to make us feel ashamed that we have a white skin. Despite other whites’ apologies for real and imagined wrongs from the past. Nobody can pretend that the human race is not the most murderous and destructive species on this earth, and we all have done wrong somewhere in history – the Romans, the Germans, the English with their ‘scorched earth’ policy in the Anglo-Boer war, that resulted in thousands of women and children dying in concentration camps, the Zulu’s against the Boers, and the anti-apartheid government committed their share of wrongs, but NOTHING warrants these continuous, brutal farm attacks!

In this country, it is racist to be proudly white. It’s OK to be proudly black, and to utter all kinds of threats on social media against white citizens, but you are relentlessly persecuted if you as a white person should just think of saying anything against anybody with a black skin. No matter if whatever you say is the absolute truth that can be proven in a court of law.

I don’t think this problem only exists in South Africa, from what I can see in USA, things are pretty much the same, except for the farm murders. People are not allowed to speak the truth, everybody is just so very conscious of being politically correct all the time, that none of these issues can be sorted out.

If being proud of who and what I am makes me a racist, then so be it. I was created this way, and I’m here for a reason, as is every other person on this earth, but don’t you dare tell me to deny my heritage, or be ashamed of it!

(And before you comment, I DARE YOU to Google ‘farm murders in South Africa’, read some of the literature, and a must – LOOK AT THE IMAGES!)

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I’m a Survivor!

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It’s a miracle!!! Yes folks, we think she’s made it!!!! 🙂  I cannot begin to tell you how happy and relieved we are about this calf’s recovery.

Our little Daisy was seen frolicking in the grass this morning, trying to entice the young bulls to play with her. I think she misses her young friends from the main herd. She was constantly seen there with Mathilda, a young contemporary of hers. They were always chasing each other around, or grazing together, even napping together. So, tomorrow morning, we’ll let her and mom go back to their friends, as the little madam is eating and drinking normally again. 🙂  (The vet didn’t think that she’ll survive this terrible sickness, that’s why I think it’s a miracle.)

I’m a Survivor!!!! Daisy and mom, taking some time out yesterday.

Daisy & Mathilda, about 5 days before Daisy got sick.

 

* For those of you interested in knowing more about this dreaded disease (amongst cattle farmers, that is) called heartwater, here is a link with a bit of info   –  http://www.ubisimail.co.za/pdf_files/dec_10/HEARTWATER.pdf

the Wonder of Nature

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We’ve had some rain 2 nights ago, and it is amazing how quickly things change in nature after some rain! 🙂

I’ve noticed some pretty stuff out there in the veld, and I thought I’d just post a few random pictures that I’ve taken over the last few days.

I just have to mention, quickly, that I’ve had a very full, very emotional day yesterday. You remember my post on the first time I saw a calf being born? Well, that little calf (who has, in the meantime, been named Daisy by my SO’s daughter) nearly died yesterday of a disease quite feared by cattle farmers in this area. Cattle raised in the area is supposed to be immune, but it seems little Daisy was vulnerable to it. Long story short, she was very sick yesterday and had convulsions in the evening. The vet came out quickly, and told us that the only thing she can do, is give the calf an injection of Valium, to relax her whole body, but she thinks that she might be too far gone to be saved. But, thank You God, she is still alive today, and she actually drank from her mother a bit earlier today, which is a very good sign!!!!! 🙂 She looks a bit the worse for wear, but so far, so good…

On to the pretty stuff!

Pretty yellow flowers

 

Out-of-season orange blossoms.

 

Buds. Soon -to-be yellow flowers! 🙂

 

The pretty-yellow-flower plant!

 

Raindrops.

 

Raindrop with sand.

 

Close up of a fan shaped plant.

 

Dewdrop catching the early morning sun.

 

All of the above was taken with my little Samsung, since I always have it with me. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving – My Way

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We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in South Africa. We do have a lot of ridiculous holidays (just my opinion), but if I could choose holidays and days of celebration, Thanksgiving would certainly be one of them.

In everyday life, we often get so stuck with the things that are wrong in our lives, we forget to be thankful for all our blessings. So I thought that tonight, I’ll give thanks to a few things.

It was my moms birthday today. I’m thankful that my SO* and I could go and spend some time with her, and that my daughter and my youngest son also took some time out to come and be with her. It wasn’t a huge celebration, and we didn’t eat lavishly, but we had lunch together and shared a lot of jokes and laughter.

I’m extremely grateful that we were blessed last week with 3 new calves in 4 days!!! Two heifers and one bull baby. The one little heifer has not been too well for the last three days, but we got some shots from the vet, which seem to have helped a lot. She’s not a hundred percent well yet, but much better than two days ago. And they are all so gorgeous, I don’t know how I’m ever going to be able to let them go when the time comes…

I’m grateful for the fact that we are planning this wonderful holiday in December, and that I’ll get a chance to experience the wonderful continent of Europe again after eight years of waiting and dreaming… It is beyond exciting to me!!!! 🙂

I’m so extremely grateful to have three absolutely wonderful children, who grew up to be amazing young adults. I love spending time with them, not just because I can then touch and hug them, but because they always make me laugh – without fail. 🙂

My three rays of sunshine!!!! 😉

I have a looooooong list of things to be grateful for. The usual stuff like my health, a roof over my head, more than enough food to eat, etc., etc. And believe me, I really am grateful for all of that. But, even if this is corny and schmaltzy and a cliché, I can’t not mention how very grateful I am for having a wonderful, generous, loving man in my life. I’m thankful that I’ve got someone to share my thoughts with, even if we don’t always agree on everything. I love spending a quiet lazy Sunday at home with him, doing nothing. I love   exploring new places with him, so you can imagine how much I’m looking forward to Christmas in Europe with him!!! 🙂

Once one starts making a list of positives, you realize that you can go on and on and on, because most of us are blessed beyond belief. So, I’m going to end this post with this note to myself: stop dwelling on the negatives, and enjoy all the positives in your life, Zelmaré!!!! 🙂

 

Our beautiful new little Brahman heifer.

The sick little girl, on the day she was born (last week Sunday)

 

Our huge bull baby – a lot bigger than any of the other calves!! 🙂

 

I hope you all have a very wonderful week!!!! 🙂

 

*Significant Other

 

 

A Double Thanks

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Thank you to Bird,, for nominating me for the Inspiring Blogger Award. I really appreciate this, especially coming from someone who is the essence of inspiration – going through very tough times, you still manage to joke and you tell it like it is, not hiding anything. Stay strong, Bird!

Thank you to my dear friend, Mr Bunny Chow, for my very special and very gorgeous sketch of a little Brahman calf – I love it! 🙂

There are still flowers left from the past weekend when we had the big 50th on the farm, and I thought that since they are bright and beautiful (well, they were, but they’re still fine…), I’ll share them with you. The first pic is a very amateur effort of a still life, but aside from the fact that I am an amateur (;) ) let’s blame it on the time constraint – I have to get back to the farm to see what is going on there! And the second is a close-up of the heart of the Gerbera you can see in the first picture. (Yes, you’ve guessed it, yellow is my SO’s favourite colour!!!!) 🙂

Still life

Gerbera

Although it is Friday, over here it feels a lot like Monday since we had a holiday yesterday, and I wish you all a wonderful weekend!!! Enjoy whatever comes your way!!! 🙂 🙂