Summer loving

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We’re back! It has taken me a while to get round to blogging since we returned from our short seaside break at Nature’s Valley. It was wonderful, but oh too short! We managed to spend some quality time with family and friends and even started our new year’s exercise routine with a bang on our mountain bikes. There’s nothing like a seaside holiday to clear the mind and rejuvenate the body. Nature’s Valley holds a very special place in my heart since it is so gloriously unspoiled and my family have been going there since before I was born. Apart from the beach, we also love the walking trails through the natural forests full of bird life. Last week we dropped Ashley back in Johannesburg to start her first day at her new school for Grade R, and now it’s back to reality and a very busy year.

Glorious Nature's Valley beach - a little piece of paradise.

Glorious Nature’s Valley beach – a little piece of paradise.

Quentin, Marisa and Ashley - our last sun downer on the beach.

Quentin, Marisa and Ashley – our last sundowner on the beach.

Back on the farm, things are looking beautiful in their full summer glory. It’s been raining so I only managed to take some photos late this afternoon on our way back from lunch at my sister-in-law’s farm, which is about 40 kilometers from us. We had a spectacular drive home past lands planted with very healthy looking soya crops, mealies and sunflowers, exceedingly lush veld and clusters of colourful wild flowers. The sunflowers at Vastrap will only bloom in February, but parts of the district are already a beautiful patchwork of greens and bright yellow. One cannot help but love this time of year, especially when we have been blessed with an abundance of rain. The photos don’t do it justice, but hopefully you can imagine!

Dark green maize fields contrasted with yellow sunflowers in the distance.

Dark green maize fields contrasted with yellow sunflowers in the distance.

Lush veld and more sunflowers.

Lush veld and more sunflowers.

Grass bales and more sunflowers!

Grass bales and more sunflowers!

Late afternoon sky.

Late afternoon sky. 

4 thoughts on “Summer loving

  1. Looks like it was a wonderful holiday Maris! And the eastern freestate is looking so beautiful! So different from when I was there just a few weeks ago.X

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