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Honey… I’m ho-ome!

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Been there, done that, did not get the t-shirt. πŸ™‚

My last post was all about my excitement over my impending visit to my daughter in Canada. Well, I’ve been, and I’m back!

The three weeks flew by, and as I got ready to head home, it felt unrealΒ that my holiday could be over already…

(Why does one always feel torn? Or is it just me? What I mean is – before I left, I was torn because I was going on holiday without my SO*, and after 3 weeks in Canada, I was torn again, this time because I would have loved staying longer to spend more time with my daughter and son-in-law, but I was missing my SO so much, I had to come home… 😦

Anyway…about my trip…

I LOVED IT! πŸ™‚Β  I’ve wanted to see Canada for many years, and now I’ve done it. And may I say, what a beautiful country it is! Of course I haven’t seen the WHOLE country, that would probably ( πŸ˜‰ ) take more than 3 weeks, but what I’ve seen has left me happy and content, because it was all that I expected, and more!

At the top of Sulphur Ridge.

At the top of Sulphur Ridge.

Besides enjoying being with Xan and Stef, and getting to know the area where they live, as well as the city of Edmonton, they spoiled me beyond any expectations, and for that I thank them from the bottom of my heart. They took time off work and drove me around all over the place! I got to go to Drumheller and see the amazing countryside around it, I was fortunate to visit the absolutely fantastic Royal Tyrrell Museum ( dinosaurs) which is well worth a visit, even if you may think you are not really into dinosaurs. And… I got to see and experience The Canadian Rockies!

Oh. My. Word.

Beyond beautiful. The beauty of it often left me speechless, and definitely in awe of the power and wonder of nature. I could go there again, and again, and again, and I will not tire of the awesome beauty. I was fortunate enough to experience these magnificent mountains from a tourist’s perspective, as well as on a more ‘personal’, intimate level, as we drove around and stopped at numerous sites, and walked and climbed to a point where I thought I was not going to make it. But I did (with a little help and encouragement from Xan & Stef!), and I’m glad I persevered. The rewards were such that I hope if I forget everything else in my old age, I will remember that.

So, thanks to my SO, my daughter and Stef, I can tick another couple of boxes on my Bucket List: Canadian Rockies – CHECK. Banff – CHECK. Jasper – CHECK.

I will not ‘check’ Canada just yet, as it is such a vast country, and I feel I need to see a bit more of it before I can say I’ve seen Canada!

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(Next time, I might write a bit about the things I found odd about Canada…)

*SO Significant Other

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

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’. πŸ™‚

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….. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not enough time.

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I don’t have enough time.

I don’t have enough time in my days anymore. It is not a bad thing, because that means I’m busy. I’m running around, and I don’t have time to feel bored, or to think about things too much. You know how one can think up nonsense when you have too much time? Well, I can’t do that anymore. πŸ™‚

There is one truth I can’t get away from though, whether I think about it or not…

I don’t have enough time left to spend with my daughter anymore. This is not a good thing. No matter what I do in the next few months, I won’t be able to spend enough time with her to see me through the months and years to come. I find this a bit…well, ‘sad’ is the word that comes to mind, if I’m honest.

You know how people often say that you have to ‘make up for lost time’? Well, guess what? That is not possible. Time lost is just that – time lost. So forgive me for not feeling like kicking up my heels right now. Maybe I’ll feel different tomorrow, but right now, I need time to accept the fact that I don’t have enough time.

Does that make any sense at all?

Sunset over the dam on the farm.

Paris

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A few days ago my friend TBM suggested I share a few of my Paris pictures, since I’m longing to go there so much and I can unfortunately not do so at the moment.

While looking at the photographs, I cannot believe that we took so few!! If I went now, I’ll probably end up with many hundreds (or even thousands!) of pictures. These were taken in 2004, when my daughter and I went to Europe to celebrate the end of her school career.

Although these pictures are not in any way ‘good’, or artisitic, they bring back a lot of very fond memories, and I gladly share these few pictures with you.

Detail of the Arc de Triomphe

Paris, from the Eiffel Tower

A very happy young South African, glad to be standing at the entrance to the Palace of Versailles! πŸ™‚

The Louvre, of course…

Detail of the Notre Dame

The Champs Elysees at night.

It was a wonderful holiday with my daughter, and we saw a lot, but there are still places we didn’t get around to then, that I would love to go and see.

And Β since Β it is Mother’s Day, I’ve decided to finish today’s post with this photograph of Xandre and myself, both of us in Seventh Heaven because we’ve at last made it to Paris!!

Mother and child. πŸ˜‰ Oh, and Eiffel Tower.

 

To all the mothers out there – have a wonderfully happy Mother’s Day. And to everybody else – hope you also have an exceptionally happy day!!!! πŸ™‚