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Knitting and Cycling etc…

Hello friends, it’s been a long while since I popped in here to share about our life! It’s good to be writing again 🙂  Winter is finally over, it wasn’t as cold as we anticipated and we only lit a handful of fires, Spring made a brief appearance and then Summer took over. We’re still waiting patiently for the rains to come, it’s incredibly dry, our garden really needs water. Rain is forecast for this entire weekend so here’s hoping it happens. Our chickens have also finished their yearly molt and we are being blessed with many eggs daily.

We have also moved all of our chickens into the wooden house, there were two separate houses but we’ve removed the smaller one and now they all live together.

I’ve been busy knitting a couple of custom orders for rabbits and alpacas 🙂 The pattern for the large Alpaca can be found in my Craftsy shop.

Bailey is such a blessing, she is so sweet and has a lovely nature… We’ve had to visit the vet twice this week but she is much better now.

I’ve started mountain biking more with Richard, this was the Transvaal Galvanisers race we did together to raise funds for The Apricot Tree school. It was a chilly morning but lots of fun!

Love the sunsets while we are out riding.

Erin went with her boyfriend to his Matric Farewell recently, don’t they look wonderful! Her dress was made by Benita Colete, she is amazing!!

And one more photo of Bailey…

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Hello from a cold South Africa

Hello from a very cold South Africa 🙂

The temperature has plummeted over the past week but our lovely indigenous Aloes are flowering and attracting may birds and insects to our garden. I love them, they are gorgeous plants!

A boy and his dog… K loves Bailey to bits! She is such a sweet girl and has given our other Lab Sandy a boost of longevity. They play for hours and then have long naps together only to resume playing again.

Our beautiful Orchid is flowering again, this plant was given to me as a gift the day Jen was born almost 20 years ago. It flowers profusely year after year and gives us such joy! When it was given to me it was a single bloom with a few leaves at the base but now it has expanded and takes up an entire container.

I am busy with a new pattern for someone, I’m enjoying the design process tremendously and love seeing the development take shape.

We have had to start lighting fires again, it’s so cozy and warm. We’ve collected plenty of wood from our garden during our pruning season, so that worked out very well and is sustainable too.

Oh and this is Bailey attempting to steal my knitting every opportunity she gets. I love her x

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A New Family Member

Meet our new family member Bailey! She was a birthday gift for Kye’s 11th birthday. She’s a Golden Retriever and she’s about 5 months old now.

Sandy is thrilled to have a new friend to frolic with in the garden and it has given her a new lease on life!

It’s April already and we should be experiencing cooler weather as winter approaches but it’s still extremely hot here during the day. Hopefully it will stay this way for a while longer before the cold sets in 🙂

Enjoy the rest of your week.

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In the Garden…

Hello!

Our Butternuts are ready, the vines have started to die down and we’ve begun harvesting! Richard and Kye planted these towards the end of last year. We had an old trampoline pit from years ago, we filled it up with compost, grass cuttings and horse manure and planted seedlings. They’ve done so well!

The potatoes are almost ready, just a few more weeks to go.

Ahhh, these have been my favourite so far! Buttery and delicious!

We also tried growing black tomatoes, full of flavour! It’s really exciting to be growing our own food again, the price of veggies is astronomical at the moment, so I get such a sense of accomplishment and pride when I walk out into our garden and pick food for our table. I’ve also sewn wheatgrass seeds in trays, we’re going to start juicing again as soon as it’s ready, I can’t wait.

The rains have come! We are still experiencing a drought but the Vaal Dam is about 65% full. We’ve been collecting rainwater under our downpipes, I can’t believe how quickly the drums fill up and we are recycling our grey water.

And… here’s a photo of Lou ♥

Have a lovely week x

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