School is finally over for the Bean after a month of exams. It’s been a long hard year for her and I am so glad that I was able to stop working at the fruit packhouse to give us more time at home to get the school year done. Now it’s the nerve-wracking wait for her final results at the end of December. Hopefully she will be off to university in Pretoria next year.
We are now holed up on the farm – only venturing in to town when we run out of supplies or for a few social occasions – this is how I want it to be. Things are really starting to come together for me now. Bookings are rolling in for Jackal’s Den, I am busy on the farm from sunrise to sunset, loving every moment, and I have orders for paintings lined up well into next year.
With regards to the patio, the retaining wall is built
and the floor now filled in with rocks and soil
All I need now are the creepers which I hope to buy next week and then I will be making paving blocks to cover the floor area soon. I am also going to plant some lawn around this area to green it up a bit. It’s been so much fun doing this project.
The Bean’s roof is still not done. A job that was supposed to take 5 days is now on 21 days. Hopefully it will be finished by Friday when we leave for Johannesburg to visit our family and attend my sons wedding.
This is my current painting project which I am painting for a commissioned order. Still a long way to go on this too.
and finally here is a picture of our baby Savannah.
She has settled in very well. Cleo and Savannah have a strange relationship – sneaking up on each other when they think no one is watching to get a good sniff. So far there have been no fights or dramatic chase scenes – rather they respect each others boundaries mostly and give each other a wide berth (although this seems to be narrowing as they get used to each other). Savannah, although very loving, is wild in the sense that she is very nocturnal. Much more so than Fred was. She sleeps solidly all day waking as the sun sets and then she is off out into the bush for the night. She eats at home but still catches mice and squirrels most evenings. We even got a bat as a present last week. She does not like being inside and only ventures in if there is a rain storm. Otherwise her favorite daytime haunt is our veranda where she has set up a type of nest in some hessian on a little wall where she sleeps.
While we are away for the next two weeks some friends of ours will be living at Jackal’s Den, having a well deserved break and feeding Savannah. I hope Cleo will be able to travel with us as she won’t really cope well away from me, although I still need to clear this with my family where we are staying. I hope she will be able to come but if she can’t my friends are the best folk to look after her.
I will be back in two weeks. Happy blogging 🙂
- I’m dreaming of a cool Tuscan patio…. (slowvelder.wordpress.com)
- Patio – part 2 (slowvelder.wordpress.com)
- African cats and our new friend Savannah. (slowvelder.wordpress.com)