"Self-sufficiency does not mean 'going back' to the acceptance of a lower standard of living. On the contrary, it is the striving for a higher standard of living, for food that is organically grown and good, for the good life in pleasant surroundings... and for the satisfaction that comes from doing difficult and intricate jobs well and successfully." John Seymour ~ Self Sufficiency 2003

Friday, 13 October 2017

Taking a break...

... as my blog seems to have lost it's appeal.  A one-sided "conversation" is like being in solitary confinement.

Maybe I'll be back, maybe I won't.

But - after exactly 7 years, 8 months plus 2 days - plus 547,351 visits to my humble blog by all of you who have supported me and chivvied me along - it's been fun.  

I hope you have enjoyed yourselves as much as I have.

My sincere and grateful thanks to all of you who joined RMan and I on our journey...

32 comments:

Shirley said...

Sorry about that . I've enjoyed reading your blog and chat about it to my husband. Back in 2008 we moved from England to live north of Durban for 7 years before returning to England as grandchildren were pulling the heartstrings. I guess I should have been commenting on your blog, rather than reading it. Best wishes and I hope you return :)

Camille Wienhold said...

Thank you for your time and effort you put into writing. I'm from the States and have enjoyed reading and praying about the situations in South Africa. My state of North Dakota has had drought but nothing compared to what you are facing. I'll continue to pray for rain. Many Blessings

Mum said...

Having been with you for quite a while I'll miss reading your posts. I'm not blogging quite so often as I only post when the fancy takes me. Let me know when you're back and all the best in the meantime.
xx

1st Man said...

Aww, dang it. I always enjoy your environmental issues you bring up and post about, not to mention learning a little more about a little slice of the world we may never see.

I often notice that while we have our regular commenters who say something on almost every post, there are also people that only post when something moves them to post. but they always say they read. So when we get some posts with 2 or 3 comments I always think "hmm, maybe they didn't like that" but then we'll get someone we've never seen before post a comment another time. So remember, you have more than you realize who care about you and enjoy you.

Take a break and build up some great new adventures and share those.

Big hugs from Texas USA!

Eve Mazery said...

That is so sad. I am going to miss your updates.

Trevor Ernstzen said...

to quote Rodriguez ...but thanks for your time then you can thank me for mine and after that's said, forget it ...

I think I may have commented once before, but don't think I didn't read your posts - I have referred back to your solar journey on many occasions. Remember that blogging is also a personal journey - to make sense and to put things in perspective.

Dani said...

Shirley - Thank you for your kind words. I have a yearning to return to my roots in the UK too, but know that will not happen.

No, I did not mean to imply that you were forced to comment on my blog. Comments though, do indicate if my readers are enjoying what I have to share, and if there are no comments then I feel perhaps I am "past it" and boring everyone.

Let me think on it please...

Dani said...

Camille - No, thank you for being part of our journey.

And thank you for your prayers. The water situation becomes more and more dire here. The east coast (KwaZulu Natal) is experiencing floods, the north (Gauteng) has just had a rare string of tornado's and we are in a drought. Global warming is real - and everyone who is in denial will come to accept that they have been blind. Hopefully, though, not before it is too late...

Dani said...

Mum - Bless you. Commenting on your blog, and having you comment on mine, has been like having my Mum nearby (she died when I was 16). Just being able to write the word Mum was exquisite - even if we're not blood relations ;)

Thank you for your kind words - let me think on it. I reckon that perhaps a breather will do the trick. As you say, blogging when the fancy takes you...

But, let's see..

Dani said...

Ist Man - you, and Mum and kymber, Sue, Kirsty, Rosemary, Daisy Debs, Tania, Leigh and Sol - to mention a few. You're like old, o-l-d friends to me, and I know I would miss not communicating with you anymore.

"So when we get some posts with 2 or 3 comments I always think "hmm, maybe they didn't like that" " - I have had that for a while and it has been disheartening. I didn't know how to self-correct either. Whatever direction I took seemed to make no difference. Add to that a number of "followers" leaving my blog and I reasoned that perhaps it was time to let it go...

As mentioned above - I'll give it some thought...;)

Dani said...

Eve - Awwww, now I feel bad... :(

Dani said...

Trevor - Oh, I l-o-v-e Rodriguez. Thank you for the quote.

And thank you for the reminder that my blog is a record of our journey... That is a very valid point.

Hmmmm, what to do...

Caroline J. Baines said...

I'm another who reads all your posts as I enjoy glimpsing into your life and learning from your journey. Sorry about that. I understanding wondering if you're talking to yourself - I teach online and when I ask my students a question and am met with silence, I wonder if they're at their desk listening or off making a sandwich.

Just know we're out here :)

Caroline

Caroline J. Baines said...

Sorry about not posting - not about reading your blog! Ay yi yi... :)

Marlin Andrus said...

I read all of your posts and enjoy the blog very much. ☺☺

Rainy December said...

I read every blog and will miss you and your teaching us about a better world. Thanks to you, I have started recycling, I use my rainwater to water my garden and generally just try harder. I hope you rest and then come back. Good luck!

Rainy December said...

O, and Dani,if there was a way to post your words to Facebook, your following would grow. You teach well.

Trevor Ernstzen said...

I second this idea !

Dani said...

Marlin - Bless you. And you comment on my Facebook page too :)

Dani said...

Rainy December - Ah, you have jolted me. Thank you for letting me know that I have encouraged me. Thank you.

Dani said...

Rainy December & Trevor - Ecofootprint is on Facebook ;) Has been for a couple of years...

I have a link on my sidebar - here is the link too:

https://www.facebook.com/ecofootprintsa/

Rocky Springs Farm said...

I am new to this blog in the last 3 months and have enjoyed it very much. I guess I will just have to glean from all the articles you have up. Thank you for my short time I have been here. Not much for facebook, not much for commenting. Shame on me for not letting you know how much I enjoyed your work.

Dani said...

Rocky Spring Farm - Thank you for following me. Seems I have more friends out there that I was aware off... :D

Rosemary said...

I am sorry to hear this. I have learned so much from you and your posts and so has my husband - he enjoyed reading about your and your husbands solutions to various challenges. Go well, but hope to see an e-mail with a blog update from time to time :)

Dani said...

Caroline - Oh, I'm sooo sory - somehow I missed answering your comment. Yes, you have captured exactly what I felt - sitting behind a screen one really doesn't know what is going on "out there" ;)

Dani said...

Rosemary - Thank you my dear.

Susan Smit said...

I just found your blog and love reading it. Especially as I lived in Durbanville for 17 years before moving to USA. Give it a break and see how you feel, but know you will GREATLY missed either way.

Dani said...

Susan - Aw, now I feel really bad. I know what it's like to be homesick. I will think about it, I promise you...

Sol said...

Hey Dani, I am sorry you feel disheartened. I have been MIA lately, the house is much worse than we thought. I also enjoy all of your posts, it is lovely to read peoples blogs from all around the world. Thank you for your posts. I hope you feel like coming back at some point.

You can also add buttons to the bottom of your post like Facebook that says some one liked it. You can make it say anything you like. So if someone doesnt have the time to comment or is a little shy they can click the button.

Beaming you love from a very BATTERED windy Cornwall!

Sol xxx

Dani said...

Sol - I have tried adding those buttons, but I can't get them to activate and work :(

Yeah, have been watching the weather happening in the UK - hang in there <3

Leigh said...

Dani, one problem for comments may be that you use embedded comments. I did too for the longest time, but then started having trouble leaving comments on my own blog, so I switched to the pop-up form. After that I had people start to comment again who told me they'd been visiting regularly but couldn't comment!

Even so it seems interest in blogs ebbs with life. Certain times of the year comments are always low, which does make one wonder if it's worth it. About five years ago someone told me that blogging was dying and everybody was going to facebook. That prophecy hasn't been been true fortunately. A blog like yours offers useful information that would be lost on fb. I know I can come to your blog and re-find information. It's a resource for those of us with similar goals.

Sometimes a break is necessary anyway. It takes a lot of work to write a good blog post! Yours is well earned, and hopefully it won't be forever. :)

Dani said...

Leigh - I will try that re: comments - thanks. Didnt realize it made such a difference.

I love blogging, although I don't seem to have a much time now as I did when I started. Thank you for your kind words - they are directed straight back at you too. Your blog is a far greater resource of information than mine.

I'm giving the whole situation some thought...