December Reaping

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This is what we are up to at Vastrap in December while everyone else is at the beach on holiday…. hard at work harvesting wheat and praying that it’ll rain soon so we can plant our sunflower crop. Ashley and my niece Sophia visited us for a few days last week, but they are now also at the beach! It’s just us and dogs left here for a very quiet Christmas. It’s Livia’s third birthday on 29 December so we still have a lot to look forward to before the new year.

Wishing everyone a very blessed and happy festive season! 🎄☀️🌻🌽🌾💦☔️

Merry Christmas!

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This is my third Christmas at Vastrap. It’s going to be a quiet one with only Quentin’s parents and his sister Kathryn for lunch tomorrow. Most of my family members are enjoying holidays down at the coast and Ashley is with her mum. Hopefully we will be able to have some fun at the sea in the new year, but that all depends on the wheat harvest being finished on time. Sporadic rain showers make things very unpredictable as the wheat cannot be cut when it’s wet. Quentin is trying his best to get it done as quickly as possible and spent the whole of Sunday combining!

As Christmas is upon us, we are grateful for all our many blessings in the past year. We have been fortunate to spend quality time with family and friends who have visited us often. It’s always such a joy to share our farm experiences with others, especially children who lap up the open space, animals and farm machines! We’ve also met many new friends through our involvement with Boran cattle breeding and I’m so grateful to everyone in Ladybrand who have made me feel so welcome in the community. I started this blog six months ago and really appreciate all of your encouragement and feedback. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. We wish you all a very happy and safe festive season and many blessings for 2013!

The veld has made a quick recovery after all the rain.

The veld has made a quick recovery after all the rain.

Let the wheat harvest begin!

Let the wheat harvest begin!

Combining like mad on a Sunday afternoon.

Combining like mad on a Sunday afternoon.

Offloading wheat into trailers.

Offloading wheat into trailers.

Jars full of biscuits from our cooking exchange.

Jars full of biscuits from our cookie exchange.

Festive fun at the cookie exchange in Maseru.

Festive fun at the cookie exchange in Maseru.

Sundowners with my love.

Sundowners with my love.

Presents under our African inspired sisal Christmas tree.

Presents under our African inspired sisal Christmas tree.

Tree detail.

Tree detail.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!