Tuesday, 21 June 2022

winter solstice and a day at the dam

Hello there,

I know, there hasn't been much uploaded for quite some time. In all honesty there has not been that much to share and I have not felt connected enough to get out our dusty ol' camera and click away at moments when there has not been anything but the mundane happenings on our homestead. The weather has not been kind for us here in our part of the world. It has rained more days than it hasn't and our outside looks more like sludge and with the cloud cover it does not shine as often as we hope for. Rain in Winter - it's all very strange to say the very least.

A few weekends ago we made our way out to Midmar Dam to join our Church picnic and with some reluctance I packed the camera. I am so glad that I did. The colours and shades at the park were so beautiful that I couldn't help but pop in the lens, switch on the camera and click away. It felt good to be behind the lens again. 

Let's see shall we if this may inspire me to get the ol' camera out and use her more often.

Have a blessed solstice my friends,

With much love.

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Her 5th Birthday

Hello friend!

What a few days it has been! We celebrated our sweet girl's 5th birthday this past week and then ended off the week with an intimate party with close friends and family at our home. Birthday parties over the last couple of years have either been with a small gathering or none at all thanks to the pandemic. 

This year we were able to hire a jumping castle! The very first for her - she has not had one before - and while it was set up on Friday she jumped on her own with the help of her older brothers to gain a little confidence. By Saturday morning she was double bouncing them both almost out of the jumping castle. But as the small friends arrived so did the rain. Most inconvenient to say the very least! We had hoped that the rain would hold out until after the kiddies party as predicted via our weather app - but it didn't. We had also hoped that by booking a jumping castle with a covering that it would help a little too - but it didn't. They did have a short jump in the beginning and then moved through to the school/play room.

I forgot how busy other peoples small humans can be *insert chuckle here*

The ladybug cake was a surprise which she absolutely loved and so did the other small humans. And, her gifts were so thoughtful too - She did get a copy of Charlotte's Web from her oldest brother Tristan! It arrived just in time for her birthday party. Sadly Tristan did not make it to celebrate with her, he moved out in the beginning of the month to pursue a homeschool teaching position in another town! We do miss him terribly. She also received such beautiful arts and crafts stationary which she loves to do all day long - they came just in time as we were starting to run short with what we had in our arts and crafts cupboard! She also received the complete Mary Poppins book set collection and a Bug Box that she and Pa take out each afternoon (when he gets home from work) and go hunting bugs. Once they find what they can in the backyard they settle in the homeschool library and look up a little information on each of the bugs. So far ladybugs and butterflies seem to be the most popular ones to find their way back home. Worms and spiders are not!!

After the party there was a small gathering of our closer tribe to spend the early evening with us and do what we do best here in South Africa - Braai! It was festive. Danika's bestie and our goddaughter Taya decided that she wanted to spend the night and join us for church the next morning so that was a perfect ending for our little lady for her day.

It looks as though the rain and darkness is here to stay for a bit longer. The kids are kind of saddened by this as they had just gotten their feet wet the week before with the first swim of the season. But, I did remind them that in the not so distant future there will be plenty of super hot and dry days that they would be longing for the cooler days again.

Sending much love for the rest of the week!
Wherever you may be in the world...
Stay safe - God bless

Thursday, 14 October 2021

Where have we been & What have we been up to?

Hello there friend, 

I cant believe it has been two weeks since the last update. I had planned on getting on last week to share an update but then the dark clouds and rain cleared and we just had to get outside to try and tame a little of the wild outside that came with all the rain. 

Our garden is slowly but surely taking shape again after the hail storm from last November and then all the rebuilding and thatching and repairing that came the months that followed that. 

Our last remaining rose bush has decided that she will bloom once more - I had my doubts - but she is smiling and blessing us once again. 

The lemon and orange trees blossomed so prolifically this season too that I am in awe of the abundance that I know will bless our home in the coming months and the bees are so super happy too. So happy, in fact, that they have finally started settling into the ebb and flow of our rhythm here on our small homestead and we were able to get some compost into the veggie beds! 

Tuesday hit us with a heat wave with a high of 36 degrees Celsius! A perfect day to open the pool and begin our swim season! 

Our pool, although quite small, does not warm up like most others during this time of the year as we have an abundance of trees - which means that there are only a few hours of the day when it gets direct sunshine to warm up the water from the colder months. 

The small ones loved their first swim of the season but did not spend as much time as they would if it were December or January. Today we are expecting the temps to soar to 40 degrees Celsius - so yes they will be finding some comfort in there again.. 

who knows I may just join them..?