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Maybe the end of the road for me?

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(On this site, that is.) Maybe, maybe not…

I don’t know exactly how these things work, but as I mentioned in a previous post, my subscription is nearing its end, and I am not going to renew it. I don’t need a .com if I cannot make some money off the ads. Sounds mercenary? Well, a person has to make a living, and since so many people are doing it off blogs, I thought I’d give it a try. But it is not working out, so I am not going to pay a lot of money (from a South African point of view, with the state of our economy and the value of our ZAR) just to have .com after my name.

I supposedly have more than 300 followers, but never more than a few likes, so either nine tenths of my followers are not on WordPress anymore, or they are no longer active. So it is like fighting a losing battle.

I do like the forum though, so I’ll probably continue peeking in from time to time.

I am very content at the moment. The area I live in is turning into the most beautiful place in the country right now. We’ve had good rain this season, and the countryside is exploding with wild flowers and greenery – it is a sight to behold! I continue to enjoy my walks with my rambunctious border collie x Daisy, and the air is fresh and clean. It is a joy to get some exercise out in the open air.

I hope you enjoy these pictures taken in the last week. (Please click on the pictures, to enjoy their full value.)

Walking Daisy.

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Yesterday I took Daisy for a late afternoon walk.

Even on the days that I don’t feel like walking, it is always a pleasure watching Daisy on ‘our out of town’ walks, when I can unleash her. She goes crazy! Everything that moves gets chased – butterflies, dragonflies, mice, you name it.

Of course, this nearly daily exercise cannot be ignored when it comes to making me feel good as well, or at least feel better on the days that I feel bleh. I enjoy a bit of exertion, with the emphasis on ‘bit’, unfortunately! It makes me feel less guilty when I sit and knit or crochet, or watch TV. Or when I sneak in a few chocolates or some cake… 😉

So yesterday we were happily walking along, when I received a message that a booking had been made at the guesthouse. Which meant that I had to rush back to make sure everything was hunky dory. As I often do, I didn’t completely finish getting the room ready for guests earlier, because I didn’t have a booking then. I just won’t learn…

We were fortunately about halfway with our walk when we needed to head back, but Daisy being Daisy, decided going home is not a good idea – not right then, anyway. So she made a b-line for the lake, and went for a swim, her absolute favourite thing to do, even now when the temperatures have dropped significantly.

All ended well – Daisy loved her walk, as did I, and I had enough time to get everything ready for the guests before they arrived.

The Monday after the week before.

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Fishing boats in the harbour.

We had a good weekend.

Although we still worked on the guesthouse on Saturday, we most certainly did not over exert ourselves. It is close to being done now, and I hope to list the unit today so we can start welcoming guests. 🙂

Sunday was another stunner of a day. The weekend was supposed to be as hot as Hades, and it did get close! Yesterday was a scorcher! But we drove down to the seaside and spent a wonderful few hours exploring, walking, eating, talking, and of course, driving. We drove down to Struisbaai again – about 150 km’s from home. A perfect distance to get out for the day!

A very special experience for me, was ‘meeting’ the stingrays that frequent the harbour in Struisbaai – they are well known by the locals, as they come into the harbour regularly to say ‘hi’. We were on the little jetty eating our ice creams, when suddenly the shadow appeared in the water! We watched it for a while, and suddenly there were two, and then three! They peacefully glided through the water around and under the jetty for quite some time. It was magic.

The long walk on the beautiful beach once again did its magic for me. I always come away feeling grounded and relaxed after we’ve been there. It was hot, yes, but next to the sea with the waves breaking on the beach, the clear sky, and Daisy cavorting in the water, it was a feel good day.

And today? Well, today started off with rain! Yay!!! Hopefully the start of a very good rainy season. It is predicted to be cold and wet today, so a day made for me!! I will finish painting the table that has to go into the guesthouse so I can list it, and then I am going to spend some time knitting or crocheting, something I haven’t done for a while.

Enjoy your day, if I have anything to do with it, I am certainly going to enjoy mine! 😀

Champagne days.

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A champagne day. Picture taken from Sir Lowry’s Pass.

Today was, what I call, a champagne day.

To try and explain that – it is a special day, in terms of the ‘feels’. It is a clear day with blue skies. There is a slight bite in the air, but the sun is shining brightly. You can breathe deeper than normal, because the wind that blew yesterday, had gotten rid of all the filth in the air. You feel like dancing, but you don’t, so there is a special spring in your step. It feels like you can single handedly change the world. You feel happy and bouncy for absolutely no reason.

I know the picture (above) is not as crisp as the air was, but there is often a slight haze in the air close to the sea, but that does not detract from the beauty of the day.

Normally when I drive along this road (the N2, between Grabouw and Cape Town), I am focused on my destination. Today I just had to stop at the top of Sir Lowry’s Pass, at the look out point, to just take in the beauty before me, and of course, take a picture. When you stop there, you look back toward False Bay, and the town called Strand, with Muizenberg and Fish Hoek in the far distance. It is an iconic drive, and one you have to do when you come to Cape Town, along with Chapman’s Peak Drive, and the road out of Gordons’ Bay on the R44 past Rooiels, Pringle Bay and Kleinmond. Not to forget driving over the Du Toit’s Kloof Pass with endless views back towards Cape Town.

The view from Chapman’s Peak Drive.

But, I digress. My point is – I’ve had a champagne day. A bubbly kind of day. Happy. Feel good. Do you know what I mean? Nothing special happened, I went to fetch my mom from my son’s place and drove straight back (about 300kms in all), but I just felt good, and the day was a beaut, and all in all I’m a happy old gal.

What a good way to start the weekend, don’t you think? 😀

I wish you a wonderful weekend, and a champagne day or two in your near future! 🙂

Sunday, and the sun is shining!

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This part of the garden catching some morning sun.

After a week of dark days, wind and rain, today the sun is shining!

You know by now that I love rainy days, but somehow when you wake up and the sun is shining, it does make you want to smile! I will go out in a short while, and do my ‘earthing’, as I haven’t been able to do it for a few days. Maybe that is why I woke up with a blinding headache this morning…

After many years of raising children and working through pain and illness to be there for the kids, as a mother does, I’ve come to realize that it is also very necessary to look after yourself. So I got up, took some pain tablets (not ideal, I know ), and got back into bed for a while. After the headache eased up, I started my day slow and steady.

Now, I feel that I am ready for what this beautiful day has to offer!

Daisies and nasturtiums basking in the sun.
The bees are going crazy in the lavender – see one of them bottom centre (they move so fast, I couldn’t get it in focus.)
Couldn’t resist adding this one too…

So, I went outside, enjoyed some sun on my back and toes in the grass, and took some pictures so you can have a bit of sunshine too, wherever you are! 😀

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, and until next time, take good care of yourself! 🙂