The world is a fascinating place. So much to learn about, so much to see and so many places to explore. One of the interesting things about this blogging adventure of mine, is to see that you get a look into what people are interested in: Judging by the number of hits I have received from various posts, people are interested in Babies, Romance, Religion and farming. The posts that I put the most thought and effort into such as my latest one on climate change, don’t seem to be nearly as popular as posts about babies. Baby Olli posts seem to pull the numbers in a big way. Seeing as the blog is basically my journal, I will keep series of Olli posts with his outdoor adventures.
Our holidays these days are short, and all revolve around where Olli will have the most fun. In amongst harvesting cabbages, planting cabbages, and harvesting potatoes we have been on a few fun outings with Olli. A few years ago I would have considered the changes in our lifestyles a big sacrifice, but the reward you get from spending time with your baby in a stimulating and fun environment makes it no sacrifice at all. Watching you little one running around and having a whale of a time, is incredibly special. Who needs creche and kindergartens when living on a farm and with the great outdoors in our backyard. Jenny and I are incredibly lucky to live the lives we do. Although we have had a tough time financially on the farm, our way of life and starting our family has more than made up for it.
Over the last few weeks we have been to the wild coast for a few days. We have a family owned cottage at Mbotyi that we go to several times a year. It was Olli’s first time at the beach since he could crawl and walk around. He was a little bit nervous of the water at first. He actually didn’t want to go near the water for the first day. He eventually got used to it and ended up having and whale of a time running around on the beach. He was not at all interested in playing with toys, he just wanted a stick, and to walk or sit and play in the sand.
This last weekend we spent the day picnicking on top of our mountain. We have a road that takes one most of the way to the top and into the Transkei. There is a beautiful wetland up top that has the most incredible wild flowers out at this time of year. I have never seen the flowers so spectacular! Olli is definitely more at home in the mountains and streams than on the beach. He loved the beach but he still is way more comfortable splashing around in a stream than the sea. He’s actually not that keen on swimming at the moment. He used to love water, but he is now quite wary of getting wet.
On boxing day Jen and I took Ant and Elli to spend a day in the Ngeli forest. I took them to another secret spot of mine. Its not a long walk but there’s no path and it’s become very overgrown since I last went there a few years ago. I should have warned people to hike in long pants as out legs got absolutely shredded.