"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, 23 December 2016

T'is the season...

... to celebrate with family and friends.  With that in mind, the next couple of days will be pretty busy, so I would like to take this opportunity of wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.

Stay safe, relax and enjoy the Spirit of the Season.
I cannot justify chopping down a tree in order to decorate
  and use it, for a week or so, as part of our celebrations.
Our live Christmas tree (in it's pot on the front patio)
 is getting too heavy to bring indoors, so this year I have
  opted to go more modern with a Christmas tree-shaped
 bauble arrangement, complete with lights and nativity scene.
Thank you for your blogging friendship, for your valued comments, and for following my, often, rambling and soap-box like posts, as well as my personal observations of living off grid on our (getting there) self-sustainable smallholding.

Merry Christmas to you all.

16 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Dani! And hope for a better New Year.

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    1. Thank you, Vicki - the same to you :)

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  2. Wishing you and yours a merry christmas and a peaceful 2017

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  3. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Dani!
    Wishing you a healthy, happy New Year

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    1. Thanks Sue - health and happiness - the most important things as one "advances"... ;)

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  4. All the best to you and your family Dani. Weatherman predicting a small rain shower tonight, yippee. Wouldn't it be great if it rained for a few days? Best gift ever.

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    1. pqsa - Thanks. Perhaps next year we'll be able to finally meet...?

      Yup - 2mm predicted for tonight, and 6 mm predicted for next Wednesday (on http://www.yr.no/place/South_Africa/Western_Cape/Karingmelksrivier/long.html)

      As you say, THAT would be the best gift of all - a bloody good, longer than 5 minute, downpour!!!

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  5. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Have a lovely day

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  6. Merry Christmas to you all, I hope you have a wonderful holiday. Thanks for inspiring us!

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    1. No, thank YOU, 1st Man. My best to you and 2nd Man :D

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  7. Merry Christmas to you both! We don't buy a cut tree either and for the same reason. So I buy a potted tree and plant it after the first of the year. :)

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    1. Thanks Leigh.

      Our problem is that there aren't that may trees we can transplant here - not because there isn't land, but because of the water, or lack thereof. Wish we had a stream running next to our property... ;)

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  8. Well, traditionally Christmas in Europe is in winter and, correct me if I am wrong, the coldest time is after Christmas so then the tree (which is by then nicely dried out)would provide well needed heating. The whole concept of Christmas just doesn't work in SA. Having said that, a belated Christmas wish to you all down at the very southern tip of Africa.

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    1. Brat - Nah - reckon it would take longer than the 12 days of Christmas to dry out a fir tree... Clever deduction though.

      Thanks, my friend - hope yours was a goodie?!

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