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To plan, or not to plan…

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Somehow, very little in my life goes according to plan.

Being religious, I do believe things happen or don’t happen for a reason. And that, however much you plan, things might not go your way if your plans don’t fit in with the ‘Big Plan.’ So basically, planning doesn’t help much, except you cannot go through life without some plans – how to make a living, where to live, who to spend your life with, etc.

At the moment, I am home alone. I LOVE time alone, like most of you probably do, but sometimes the opportunity to do my own thing and be on my own, fills me with less excitement than at other times. I THINK it has to do with choice.

I love being alone when I need time to recharge, rethink, and revamp, but then I want to be able to choose that time. I am alone at the moment through absolutely no choice of my own.I HATE THAT. And when I feel like this, I find it very hard to make the most of my time alone. I feel sorry for myself instead… How pathetic is that.

Tonight is the finals of the 2014 World Cup Soccer, as you well know, and I have to watch it alone. Fun!!! 😦 Not only am I alone, but my SO is in Cape Town, and although he actually hates soccer, and has only followed the soccer through me, he is watching tonight with a house full of family and friends.

And the last bit that makes it worse tonight than it normally is – my youngest son was with me for 3 days, and I loved every single moment of it, but he had to leave today. I’m feeling so sorry for myself, you will not believe it!

If I could PLAN tonight, it would have been very different, believe me! And even then it probably would have a few twists and turns… πŸ™‚

But hey, maybe a few glasses of wine, and I’ll feel a whole lot better! And I promise I won’t write a thing again until it’s something positive and upbeat!

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! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚

 

*Significant other

 

 

 

Halfway!

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It is around lunchtime here, and I feel like I already have a full day behind me!!! πŸ™‚

I got to the farm relatively early today. We had to start the generator to fill up the water tank, before the guys could continue fixing the one fence they started on yesterday, so they could go on to do the new fence of which they did the fence posts yesterday… So…while they were unloading the generator, I took time to breathe deeply and appreciate the beauty of the morning.

It has been partially overcast since we got up this morning, so the light was not as bright. But, my goodness, was it a pretty sunrise anyway!!!! πŸ™‚ Because of the clouds, the sun had to find holes to break through to try and reach the earth. I took several pictures of these soft fingers of light poking through the clouds, and they were all nice enough because of the colours, but then at last I managed to take one picture where one could clearly see the rays!

Sun fingers touching the earth.

Doesn’t this look like God blessing the earth? πŸ™‚

Then we had to burn a huge heap of weeds that we had to remove from one of the camps. This weed is called ‘bankrotbossie’ – a direct translation would be ‘bankrupt bush’. This weed starts growing very slyly on your land, and before you can blink, it has taken over completely and there is no more grass left for the cattle to eat.

A weed bonfire! πŸ™‚

We had a bonfire before eight in the morning!!

The vet came at 10 to do the tests for Bovine Viral Diarrhee, which was huge fun again, because it was the Brahmans that needed to be tested, and the fierce mama wasn’t about to start making things easy for us. And a couple of the others started being obstinate as well. The test couldn’t have been comfortable for them, as it involved having a small triangle cut out of their one ear!!! I couldn’t take pictures of this, as I was very much involved in all the catching and prodding and clipping, etc. (Do I hear a few sighs of relief? πŸ™‚ )

And then, (oh what hardship!!) I had coffee with my ‘sister-in-law’ at a new place that opened in town. Pheeeewww! Now I’m tired πŸ˜‰ and half of the day left still…

A couple more of the sunrise/ray pictures of this morning.

Soft sunrise.

Rays and cattle.

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I know some of you must be bored with all the cattle stuff, so if you are one of them, please just skip this next bit. I thought I’d just give a brief update on our two babies. I’ll not say much, except that they seem to be doing very well, and I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. πŸ™‚

Calf 1, the little bull, is now 3 weeks old. Here he is nibbling delicately on a stalk of grass, with an older cousin next to him. πŸ™‚

Calf 2, our pretty little girl – she is 1 week old now!

Until we chat again, be blessed!! πŸ™‚

Third time lucky

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I’ve been running around this past week for various reasons.

A new calf (with a story, of course!), and a 50th birthday that I had to arrange. But today is all about the story of the new calf…

Last week this time, we had 3 cows very close to having their calves. I kept a very close watch on them, especially one that I just had a feeling would be the first one to calf. On Tuesday, there were some signs that the birth of the calf was imminent, and I kept driving past the Brahmans, to make sure she was okay. I saw her at around 2pm, and then when I got back from some errands, I saw her again, but something was different. She was still grazing with the other cows, but without going into too much gory detail, I had a very uneasy feeling. I said to my farm workers that we need to get her into the kraal, so that we can keep an even closer eye on her, in case the same thing happens again…

Well, that was some fun… We had a very hard time getting her into the kraal (we had to put them all into the kraal, and then try and separate her from the rest), and she kept fighting ferociously to get out, which she managed to do. Eventually I decided to leave her out, and let nature take it’s course.

I hardly slept that night, worrying about her and the calf. Very early the next morning, I rushed out to the farm, and told my cattle hand to come to the Brahmans with me. Again, she was grazing peacefully with the other cows. I watched her for a while, and said to Lucas – this cow has had her calf, I’m sure of it. (This might sound stupid and obvious, but believe me, shortly after the birth of a calf, it’s not obvious looking at a cow.) I decided that we have to search the breadth and length of the camp they were in, so we set off.

I was about halfway up, when Lucas came from the other side, shouting that he’s found the calf. My heart dropped into my shoes…not again, please!

Anyway, to make a very long story short, she had her calf the previous day, like my instinct screamed out at me, but it seems that she was not interested, or too stupid to know what to do. We forced her and the calf into the small camp, and left them with food and water, hoping they would bond.

Now I know this sounds easy, but this cow seemed like she had mad cow disease. She was ferocious! She kept storming us, kicking up dust and snorting at us. The one guy even had to climb up a tree to escape from her anger!! πŸ™‚ She stormed at the fence a couple of times, and nearly broke through.

Anyway, within the next 24 hours, they have ‘found’ each other, and now, 5 days later, they are walking around with all the other cows, and mom and baby are both doing wonderfully well!!!! I am SO very happy that we’ve at last got a new calf that I can tell everybody about. πŸ™‚

New baby, about three days ago.

Some attention from an older cousin.

The very mad mom – taken from a distance! πŸ™‚

Two of the older cousins, just to show you that we can actually raise calves successfully! πŸ™‚

Getting ready for the party…

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This coming weekend is the celebration of my SO’s* 50th birthday and he wants to do it on the farm, so we have a huge amount of work to do to be ready to host a party there. Remember, there is no house there – not a finished one, anyway! We’ve been building a cottage there over the last 18 months, but we’ve been doing it as we had the time and the money and the resources to do so. It is FAR from finished, though…

We got someone in to do a lapa for us. They started last week, and fortunately they know their stuff, so they are nearly finished. (A lapa is a thatch roof, normally just on wooden poles, that is used as an outside area of entertainment.) We still have lots of work to do to be able to entertain a lot of people there. But we’ll get there, I’m sure! πŸ™‚

We were there on Saturday, checking out the progress on the lapa, and as I was pottering around, I again noticed the support beams left on the front of the cottage. It sort of seemed ‘right’ to me that they are there – maybe I’ve just grown used to them being there, I don’t know. They have to come down sometime, but probably only once the deck has been built.

At one point I was just outside the cottage, looking away from it, and when I looked up, the sun was directly behind the support beams. To me that cried out for a picture, so I quickly fetched my camera from the car.

The picture didn’t come out quite as I imagined (surprise, surprise!), but somehow I sort of liked the weird angles, and I’m glad that I decided to do it in colour and B&W, as the B&W works well in this instance (I think)

Black & white cross.

I decided that the sun hitting the cross like that was a blessing on our little house and the farm, so I’m positive that we’ll have made enough progress by the weekend to have a wonderful party there, and that we’ll have lots of happy times there in future.

Until we chat again, be blessed! πŸ™‚

* Significant Other

What a day!!!

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Friday.

Yay!!!!!

It’s a long time since I’ve had such a draining day. For the first time in I- don’t- know -how- long, I just did not have enough hours in the day. Nothing earth shattering or life changing, just normal ‘stuff’ that needed to be done. I think what got to me was that a lot of it had to be done NOW, or yesterday…

In between all that, the veterinarian came to check on ten of our cows. We had to get them tested for bruscella and TB before we can put them with the bull, and the vet had to come back and check the TB results. Of course we had to get the cows from wherever they were peacefully grazing, and get them Β into the chute/forcing pen (?) where she could examine them. Twice. Because three of them had some reaction to the test, and she didn’t bring her measuring thingy with the first time. So we had to do it again.

And then there was the fire. As the vet and her assistant left, they casually mentioned that maybe we should go and check on the fire that had started right opposite our farm. By that time we could actually see the smoke billowing up into the air. So we rushed to the road to go and make sure the fire didn’t jump the road, and get to the farms on our side. Fortunately whatever wind there was, was blowing away from our farm, and the people from the area Β made sure no damage was done.

All in all a hectic day, and I am quite tired now, so I’m going to add my pic, and call it a day. Put my feet up, and enjoy some rugby. πŸ™‚

FIRE

 

Have a wonderful weekend!!!! πŸ™‚