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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





Today is a holiday in South Africa – Heritage Day, so we are all taking it easy and relaxing, or having a ‘braai’ -( barbecue).

So, without saying a lot more, I’m off to do some more ‘chilling’ for the day!


I went off the day before yesterday to take some pictures. I found a delightful old ruin, and took quite a few pictures of it. More of those later, for today this one will have to do.

Happy Monday to all!!!! 🙂

Getting Spiritual

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Over the last week or two I’ve taken some photographs that I liked, and some I didn’t like, as is normally the case for me. After selecting these two for my post today, I realized that together they actually form a theme.

The first picture is of a church around the corner from our house, and ever since I started coming to Nylstroom on a regular basis just over two years ago, I’ve been wanting to go and take some pictures of it. Last week, I at last got around to doing it. I think the reason why I’m so fascinated by this specific church, is because it looks so different from most other churches. Normally churches and cathedrals are built from big blocks of sandstone or other rock, or it has a facebrick exterior. This charming little church is plastered and painted and is just so beautiful to look at (to me, that is).

Dutch Reformed Church, built in 1898

The conditions were far from perfect, as you can see. I think this would be a completely different picture taken against a bright blue sky. Maybe I’ll get around to taking a picture like that in the next two years, who knows? 😉

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The next picture was also something I’ve been wanting to do for a few months now. The cross in the picture I bought nearly 4 years ago when I was on holiday with my children. We went to a very well-known (locally), but very out of the way little town called Nieu Bethesda where they have a place called The Owl House (this might be a future blog all on its own!) Outside this place were people that make a selection of things out of cement to try and generate an income by selling these items to tourists. This cross caught my eye, and it came home with us!

I moved for the third time in  two years September of last year, and I placed the cross in my garden, where it’s been since then. Every time I’m at my house in Hartbeespoort, I look at the cross nestling in the plants, and I think how perfect it looks exactly where it is. The last time I was there, I had to take some pictures, and here is one of them!

Cross with special memories

I know religion is a taboo subject to a lot of people, and I’m not going to go into that right now. I do know that most people like to think that there is Something or Someone out there looking after us, and to me my cross in my garden symbolizes that.

So dear blog friends, until next time, be blessed! 🙂

PS After reading through my blog before posting it, I realized that there is also a colour theme – white, blue, grey and green!! 🙂