These past few days have been tough. The Bean went to her boyfriends family’s game farm which I think was a good thing. Some young company to keep her occupied would help her pass this sad time without having to look at her tearful mother.
I dreaded the quiet moments that would come – alone without Fred, but somehow the universe conspired to force me to keep company which I did, although I would have preferred staying curled up in my bed feeling sorry for myself.
Our farm which is usually really quiet, had so many people popping past and coming to see me. We had our conservancy meeting on Saturday where I met a few of the other owners and another couple stayed here in my guest cottage while they fix their home on the farm. They wined and dined me and would not allow me a moment to go and mope. Some of the owners came back today to view a site where they will potentially build a cottage that I will also run for them. I was signed up as the secretary of the conservancy and because I am the only owner resident on the farm, they decided to forgo my levy in return for me reading that water meters every month and just keeping an eye on the farm. Suits me down to the ground.
Tomorrow two of the Beans friends from Belgium arrive to visit for 10 days. We will also be “baby-sitting” two of her girl friends from school whose parents were called out of town suddenly. From time to time the Bean’s Boyfriend ( I must find him a name) will probably be staying over. Do the math. That’s me and 6 teenagers/young adults. I guess I am going to be really busy. I am planning to split them into pairs to do the cooking and dishes. Now I just have to find enough food
I am also trying to get my business established and will have to play tour guide for some of the time. Busy, busy, busy, – and that’s a really good thing for me now.
I am going on an interesting day trip on Wednesday to see an old African lady who is one of the old fashioned herbalists who forages her food and herbs from the wild. I hope to be able to learn from her over time. Our plants are so different here to many found in Europe and the USA and are not really well documented with regards to using them medicinally and especially for food. We will also be visiting a tribal village so I should have some wonderful pictures for you to see soon.
Other good news – our farm has purchased more kudus for our one lonely female. They should be arriving on Tuesday. They are such beautiful creatures – I can’t wait to have them walking around here.