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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! 🙂

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. 🙂 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! 🙂

 

*Significant other

 

 

 

Funky Friday!!!!

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When we were in Cape Town at the end of May, this happy chap greeted us at the Waterfront. I immediately sent a picture to my sons, knowing that they would love him, which they did. (Take a guess what he is built with!!)

And I thought that he is a very suitable candidate to wish you all a fantastic, happy, FUN weekend!!!!!!

Peace brothers and sisters!!!!!!!

This picture was taken with my cell phone, so please forgive if it lacks a bit in quality.

(And yes, that is my SO* in the foreground… 🙂 )

*Significant Other

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? 😉

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

*Significant other.

One single picture – Cape Town

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I started off doing the ‘car blog’, but halfway in I decided that  it wasn’t working for me.

So, for tonight, I’m only posting one of my very favourite shots of the whole trip. It was taken on Chapman’s Peak Drive, across the bay towards Hout Bay.

Flowers, mist and mountain.

I’m feeling somewhat nostalgic tonight – wishing we were back there …  🙂

My trip II : Franschhoek

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The second night of our trip, we stayed over in a B & B between the towns of Paarl and Franschhoek.

We were pleasantly surprised to find that the place we were going to sleep that night, was 500 years old! The present owner was a descendant of an Englishman that bought the place in the mid-1800’s, with money that he borrowed from Cecil John Rhodes! It was an amazing place, and we loved staying there.

The next day, we spent some time in and around Franschhoek, but today I’m keeping it short and sweet –  history of the area in my next blog!!!!

We visited two wine farms, but one of them we visited for a totally different reason than tasting wine! At Plaisir de Merle, we tasted (and bought) some delicious wines. L’Ormarins is a stunningly beautiful farm, which now belongs to the Rupert- family ( some of you might have heard of Anton Rupert, a very well-know business man and millionare) and they make exquisite wine there, but we went there to visit – get this!! –  the Franschhoek Motor Museum!!! 🙂  This museum has a history all of it’s own, but at this rate we’ll never get away from history. Shortly, the government closed down a motor museum in Heidelberg, and the cars were left to rot, so the Ruperts bought up everything, and relocated the museum to Franschhoek. And what a stunning job they did of it!

I hope you enjoy the pictures!

Lekkerwijn, our 500 year old B & B.

The huge courtyard of the house, with an ancient pomegranate tree.

The dining room, ready for us to sit down to breakfast.

Vineyards at Plaisir de Merle

The entrance to L’Ormarins

The Franschhoek Motor Museum

And finally, just to give you an idea of the inside of the museum, some beautiful old motor cars. I think that I’ll show you the rest of the beauties in a separate blog. Those of you who love cars as much as I do, will drool when you see the rest of the photographs!!! 🙂

A couple of Mercedes Benzes.

Until we get together for our next history lesson, have a wonderful time!!! 🙂

My trip: let’s start with some history.

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We left on Wednesday afternoon of last week, after my SO* finished working. Because we had a late start, we decided to go no further than Kimberley. I’ll give you the history in a (tiny) nutshell, as it is extensive and I’m not knowledgeable enough to give all the facts correctly, but you can read the details here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimberley,_Northern_Cape It makes for some interesting reading.

Kimberley is a town in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. It is significant for so many reasons, but mainly because of diamonds. A young boy picked up (literally!) a diamond in the area in 1866, and soon after an even bigger one was picked up near where the first was found, and people started streaming to Colesbergkoppie in their thousands. Soon it was a bustling town, with people trying to find their fortunes.

Two very well-known and important persons played a HUGE part in the history of Kimberley, namely Barney Barnato and Cecil John Rhodes. They both became very rich and influential in the town, coming from very different directions. Barney worked abandoned claims. He worked 7 days a week, with one helper, and eventually through sheer dogged persistence, he made his fortune. Cecil on the other hand, came from different stock, and became rich and important through connections. Initially they were fierce opponents, but they realized that they could be stronger if they worked together, and in short, the De Beer’s Diamond Company was founded.

The diamond mine was started by people working their individual claims. It then became an open cast mine of vast proportions, keeping in mind that it was worked by people, not machines! They climbed into the depths, loosened the  dirt with picks and shovels, and carried out buckets of dirt that was sifted at the top, to find the shiny little stones. Many people died there, and many came away poorer than they were at the start. But – a few made their fortunes.

Kimberley became a town that is still a busy one today. It developed around the ‘Big Hole’, as it’s know today and the lay-out of the town is quite weird and confusing! 🙂

I’m going to leave the history there, except for one other very important fact: Kimberley was the first town in the Southern Hemisphere to get electrical street lights!!!

Here are some of the pictures I took there – I hope you find them interesting.

The Big Hole

To give an idea of the scale, this picture was taken so you can see the tall buildings of the town, compared to the hole.

This structure was built in recent years, so visitors can look down into the hole, instead of from behind a fence on the ground.

Some facts about the scale of the mine.

Around the Hole, there is a huge museum, with a reproduction of the old town, with authentic fittings and interiors, as well as a reproduction of what the mine would have looked like after they went underground, and a display of diamonds – real ones, that are very well guarded!! 🙂

Mining Town shops.

 

Old tools and workbench in an ironmongers workshop.

 

Streetlight

 

Well, that’s it for today! Let me know if you find posts like these interesting or boring, please!!! Would hate to bore y’all!!! 🙂

Away, and back.

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We’ve been away to Cape Town for almost a week. When we were loading the car, my SO said: ‘We don’t need to take ALL the laptops, do we? (2 laptops, to be precise…) Because you’re NOT going to be blogging all the time while we’re away, are you?’

I answered (meekly): “Of course not. I need my laptop to download my pics.’

Seriously sceptic look from my SO.

Me (meekly again): ‘I promise I won’t blog.’

SO: ‘OK then.”

So, here I am, still not caught up on all my reading and replying from the previous time – out, and now even further behind…

Why do you put up with it? – I hear you ask.

Because he took me away for a few days. I wanted/needed to meet his brother and sister -in-law, and I sort of insisted on this trip. He kindly complied, and spoilt me rotten while doing so. In return I thought that I could at least give him a blog-free few days, with my undivided attention.

It wasn’t easy, because I did every once in a while quickly check my e-mails, and I could see the posts piling up…

I was not ignoring all of you, and I’m back, and I’m going to try and tell you all about this absolutely wonderful trip over the next few posts.

For a bit of a teaser of what is to come, here is one photograph of our most well-known landmark (I think everybody should recognize it!) – and recently made one of the new ‘Wonders of the World.’ Over the past week I was fortunate enough to see this magnificent mountain from all sides and in various moods, so although the light was a bit foggy and not really conducive to clear and bright photographs, I hope you enjoy this picture of Table Mountain from the ‘Bloubergstrand’  side.

Magnificent Table Mountain

 

We started off on Wednesday afternoon, after I spent some time with my elder son to celebrate his 23rd birthday. I will tell you about a couple of very historic towns, and I will get philosophical about family ties over the next few days, so until then, BE BLESSED!!!! 🙂