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Reunion.

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Lake Louise

Hi everybody!!! I’m back!

I haven’t posted for what feels like forever, but I’ve got reasons for it. Or at least for part of it.

First, I was running around trying to get all the documents I needed for a trip to Canada. It was stressful. It also took away the usual joyful anticipation of a trip to go and see family. Then, I eventually managed to get on the plane, and I spent a fabulous 3 weeks in Canada with my daughter and her little family!!! And then I came back, and just did not feel like doing anything at all for a while – jetlag, laziness, and whatever else.

Back to the more positive part of all of this – my visit to the part of my heart that lives in Canada.

It is amazing how perfectly it all worked out in the end. I really was torn – should I take the chance and go, or should I stay because of the guesthouse being busy and of course, covid. I decided to just do it! Now or never, it sometimes felt like. And it had to happen ‘immediately’, because I had a small window of opportunity – my son was coming over from Ireland, and the bookings for December was starting to pick up momentum.

So I did all my research, started the process, got all the necessary docs, and went, all the while holding my breath that everything else would work out. It did.

It was glorious to at last be able to give my daughter and son-in-law tight hugs again. The little one was less inclined to do the hugging thing, but that was understandable, as I was virtually a stranger to her. She has only ever known me as a face on the screen of her mother’s phone, and now suddenly I was in her house! It changed, albeit very slowly. At least she now knows I am real, and we got to know each other a bit. I am hoping that she has now grasped the meaning of the word ‘grandmother’.

We also went to Banff for a long weekend. It was a treat beyond measure. I am blessed to have had the time with my two girls, since my SIL had to go away for work at the time. The time I spent there (in Canada) was too short, but it was what I needed to fill a huge hole in my soul that I didn’t even know existed. And I was okay to come back, because there is the prospect of me going over again in April, God willing. Because…I am going to be a granny to two littlies soon!!!! My daughter is expecting a boy in the beginning of May, and I’m going over to help in any way I can. So, so blessed and happy!

I leave you with a few pictures of my time with my far away family.

Gardening joy.

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I love my garden.

The garden was actually what made me buy this particular house.

We’ve made a lot of changes to the garden, and I am far from done. Some days I find it frustrating because the changes are happening so slowly, but I know I have to breathe, relax, and enjoy the journey. Gardening is a process, it takes time to establish a good looking, well planned, lush garden. ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’, was one of my mother’s favourite things to say when I was growing up.

My current frustration is the fact that the tomatoes I bragged about a while ago, has now run out of steam. I don’t know if I should have given them more fertilizer, or whether they only have a short lifespan. I have planted new ones, though, and I am impatiently waiting for them to grow now. I am hoping that I’ll get another few weeks of good harvesting out of them before it starts getting colder.

I enjoy going out in the evenings to water my plants, especially the veggies I’ve planted. I’m waiting for tomatoes, chillies, broad leaf parsley and lettuce to grow. The smell of wet earth, the smell of the tomato plants and the feel of the earth beneath my feet is a joy.

An enormous chilli growing on a tiny plant. Tomorrow I’ll have to repot it, I can see the plant taking some strain…
Grounding. My way… 😉

I am also rearranging most of the garden. It is already looking so much different from when I bought the house, even though there is still so much to do.

My first point of order is to tidy up the part of the garden at the back of the guesthouse. I want my guests to enjoy sitting outside and relaxing, so it is important to make that as pretty and ‘zen’ as possible.

I will, no doubt, be keeping you in the loop of how things progress here, in the meantime, keep calm and keep on gardening!!!

To fly…

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Don’t you sometimes wish you could fly?

I do, and I do so more and more often. What if I could just flap my wings and rise up into the sky?

Can you just imagine the total joy and the absolute sense of freedom?

Confession time…

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Oh, what the heck, I might as well confess…!

Remember my post about my love/hate relationship with Christmas? Well, fortunately I do not have the same kind of relationship with Christmas carols – I just plain LOVE them! I can hear you – oh no, she’s one of THEM! I can see the eye rolls and hear the groans. You know what – I don’t care!!! 😀

Boney M, Michael Bublé, Celine Dion, Andy Williams, Bing Crosby, Pentatonix – all of them, all the time. It makes me happy. Most of the time, in any case. There are the moments when my emotions take over and my eyes overflow. Mostly when I realize how long it’s been since I saw my kids, and I wish they were still small and all here with me every single Christmas. But generally I can suppress those sad emotions, and enjoy the music.

It conjures up images of cozy get-togethers around a warm fire. Hot chocolate or eggnog with some cookies, nuts and other snacks in abundance. Laughter and love all around.

In South Africa our Decembers are very different than those images in my mind! It is hot here at that time of year. I’m talking 30° – 35° C, so no snow, and we don’t really do eggnog either. We have lots of cold drinks and ice cold beer, wine and champagne, and we ‘braai’ (something like barbeque, but I’ll have to do a separate post to explain the difference!), and we swim a lot, but somehow in my mind that is not what I see when I hear Christmas carols…

So, whatever your loves and hates of this season, please leave me to enjoy my Christmas songs and music in peace, I promise I won’t bother you with my preferences. Except for this once…!!!! 😉

Until next time, stay calm and sing along. 🙂

Oh my! The lights are up.

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Oh my!
The lights are up!
Tinsel, baubles, holly 
and fairy lights
Everywhere you turn
everywhere you look.

Excitement
Dread
Pleasure
Pain

Family and friends -
together, joyful.      

Party time
drink- yourself -out -of -your -mind time,
running -away- from- yourself time.

Pleasure
And pain
Always together.

Oh my!
The lights are up -
It's Christmas time!