So, he reckons my story is a story worth telling. I loudly disagreed. No way. There are so many people out there with so much to say. I’ve never travelled. I haven’t even seen half of my own country, let alone India, Spain or Italy. Italy, now there I could go, spend some romantic nights at street cafes and dwell in galleries and museums and then yes, I might then have a story.
But as for now, as for the current life I’m living, I’m pretty much a plain Jane.
“Bull!” You replied. “What’s so plain Jane about your life?” Well, for starters I live in a plattelandse dorpie without much inspiration. A girl can only write about a mountain so many times! I share my house with my awesome husband and 3 children. I haven’t been to the movies in 5 years. I have no DSTV, no PVR, no DVD machine, and no cell phone.
In my kitchen I cook slowly, mostly burning whatever is going because I have a horrible habit of forgetting. I defrost my meat in water as there’s just no space for a microwave. No space and no need.
My garden is my holy place and my passion. I grow herbs, fruit trees, shrubs and flowers – the more edible, the better. Don’t get me wrong, smoked pastrami and salami has it’s place, but I do believe that the soil is capable of providing in our every need. I dig into the soil with bare hands – if my fingernails are not ‘dirty’ and wet after spending time in the garden, I feel like a mere observer.
My afternoons mainly consists of doing homework with my three nearly teenage kids and, needless to say; feeding them. Non-stop eating and permanent hunger seems to be a constant in growing, active, healthy kids. One of the many advantages of living in the Platteland is that I don’t need a kiddies taxi. No running around from the one extra-mural to the other. My kids either ride their bicycles or walk to sport and other activities.
When I need a smile or a moment of meditation, I watch our pig, Poppie pushing her nose into everyones business, or I share my vetkoek with my brown free range chicken Alberta. She loves it!
In these pages I want to share my garden, my life and my delicious sandwich and bread ideas, and, by doing that, I might leave something behind….. perhaps a few breadcrumbs, hopefully a lot of inspiration!