|Witels River area - day trip - October 2011|
My new theme song is, "It's been another busy week!" If it hasn't already been written, it ought to be, since I have it repeat playing indefinitely. For now, I see little chance of any change.
While we truly love our six dogs and remain totally committed to each and every one, I would not advise anyone thinking of expanding their pack to take on six at once, unless you're fortunate enough to live on a really large plot, with plenty of space for them to run and play freely. Otherwise, one dog is good, two dogs are even better, three still do-able, four leaning towards becoming overly ambitious...six, decidedly over ambitious. The amount of work increases enormously...that is if one wishes to continue to live in an orderly, clean house and enjoy a neat and pretty garden.
I know that once the three youngest pups have reached adulthood and begin to be more contented with digging less and bringing all their bits of flotsam and jetsam into the house, life will begin to resume the more peaceful state we knew before. Until then, I have to deal with the daily hurdle of never-ending cleaning, tidying up and playing watchdog so my poor garden which is constantly under siege, is not destroyed further.
To not put too fine a point on it, I have been finding it more and more difficult to keep up with everything. My available time for blogging (both reading and posting) has understandably had to reduce to a few hours a week. Suffice to say, I find I'm even struggling with that. I have considered taking an extended leave of absence. However, my blogging time is precious to me and so I will only do that as a last resort.
By way of something slightly different, what follows is a selection of random pictures taken on our scheduled day-trips over the last two months. It is thanks to our daughter that we are able to enjoy these occasional breaks. She comes home to puppy-sit, giving us peace of mind to escape for a while.
|Dead tree, vineyard, mountain. Awesome in combination.|
|Even fallen trees have a stark beauty irresistible to our cameras.|
|The original old tunnel on the Bainskloof Pass.|
|This magnificent, fallen, charred tree trunk begged to be housed in my garden. The fact that it was far more than twice the length of our car made it a pipe-dream. Instead, it demanded to be photographed!|
|Spot the odd one out...|
|Old Oaks wearing their new green. Battle-scarred survivors of wind and fire, still standing proud in this farmer's vineyard.|
My next post will be of the magnificent farm garden, Klein Champagne, on the outskirts of Franschhoek and the fourth of the ten open gardens I promised to show you. Watch this space, but not too intently.