That Farm life / What’s cookin’ good lookin’

The last ‘that farm life’ post.  Wow, time  does not stop for no man.  Carl’s CFA exam is tomorrow; Wowza,  after months of studying, frustration, worry, eventually understanding and confidence, the time to shine is here.  Hopefully all his hard work and the hours he put in will pay off.  You’ve got this, husband!

A strange calm has set over the farm, I say the farm, because it just feels like a cloud of calm just surrounding everyone. Just making us all feel like everything is going to be a-okay. Everything is sorted out, we just have to pack and we are good to go! Being overly prepared really pays off.  I’ve been trying to finish my abnormal psychology book, so I can start reading personality theories on the plane.  Yes, I read psychology books for fun.   Learning is my jam!  I’m more determined than ever to master mandarin, so far its going great, but I still feel really gweilo.  Soon I will be shopping at an Asian grocer without getting strange looks from everyone in it.  Soon! Well hopefully sooner rather than later.  Maybe I’ll speak some bastardization of all the languages I speak.  Making my own monstrous language.  Lets get to photos!

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^^ A family photo of sorts.  Carl’s pants, Belphie trying to get attention and me sulking in the background, because non of the dogs wanted to play with me.

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^^ Catnip box in the background, passed out cat.  I think he’s got a problem

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^^ This photo was literally taken a second before he got stung by a wasp.

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^^ Shadow puppets, because a storm knocked the electricity out.  You haven’t experienced dark, until you’ve experienced farm dark.  Scary.

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^^ Sushi date on the bed.

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^^ The lonely hat on the wall and two boxes of keepsakes.

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^^ Spinster…. It feels like such a sexist term.  Like I’ve been waiting all my life for a man to save me from a future of being a crazy cat lady.  Pssh.

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^^ a storm is brewing.

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^^ Pretty flowers

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^^  a 6 hour exam calls for a bento box.  Tofu sushi, spinach onigiri, two coconut hemp cookies and tamagoyaki (rolled omelette).   With a side of soy sauce and wasabi.

What’s your weekend plans?

 

That Farm Life / What’s cookin’ good lookin’

This week has flown by! 13 days before we leave , 8 days until Carl’s exam, 3 -5 days until we sell the fridge.  Its getting real, really fast! The house is clean, the donation pile is huge, the pantry is almost empty, the fridge is a little bit to well stocked and we bought some euros.  Whoohoo.  Guys, if you have some sweet euros or dollars just come visit South Africa, you will be rolling in all the South African Rands. You could probably have the fanciest holiday of your life! and you will get to see lions and stuff.  The exchange rate is ridiculous right now, R7800 got us 500 euros, for realz.

It feels like most of this week consisted of standing in queues at the bank, them charging a lot of money for a little bit of money, but hey we have some euros in cash now, so that’s something to be thankful for.  I’m thankful for this entire adventure even the hard parts, making something happen will always be a little tough, its just persevering and believing it will all work out the way it should.  I have done a ridiculous amount of planning, back up plans, emergency numbers all of it! But things don’t always go according to plan, so here’s to an unplanned adventure and not getting bummed when things don’t work out as planned.  The best memories are the ones you look back and laugh about, even if you don’t laugh right at that second.

Cows

^^ a very photogenic cow, taking a shade break.  Grazing is hard work.

South African Rands

^^ A fist full of Madibas.

Euros

^^ the fistful made this.

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^^ Its getting Christmassy all around!

Vegan Jelly and Custard

^^ Sugar free vegan jelly with spirulina custard.  Yum.

Wasabi chickpeas

^^ Wasabi chickpeas on the yoga mat.

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^^ After hike tea and biscuits.

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^^ Sugar free coconut seed cookies.

How was Thanksgiving? any plans for the weekend?

 

That Farm Life / What’s cookin’ good lookin’

I’m loving this little segment on my blog! Its a great way of remembering our little farm experience and our first real home together.  We’ve had to push our big move off for a couple weeks as I still don’t have my passport or marriage certificate or any identification, but everything happens for a reason, I say!  Now, Carl will be able to write his exam without stressing about moving to a different country a couple of days later.  We will also be able to celebrate my birthday and have a very hot Christmas.

Between getting rid of all the really strange crap that have accumulated in the house and working out how much to sell everything for, I’m really grateful for the little extra time.   In my experience its always best to just do something. Stop over thinking everything and just do it.   Time for selling all our worldly belongings is close, but the time for a new adventures is even closer!

Things about living on a farm I want to remember:

  1. I’ve seen flies have sex…Its horrible and its even worse when they decide to bang in your hair. Forever unclean!
  2. Getting flies out of your house feels near impossible.  Farm flies seem to love citronella, tea tree oil, clove incense and eucalyptus incense.  They crazy!
  3. Farm mosquitoes are huge and will find a way to suck your blood.   I’ve seen them sucking away a storm through my jeans.  I wish they were a little more hygienic.  You know, maybe go wash your sucker thing off once in a while?
  4. Horses are majestic….until you live with them.  Horse genitalia is not pretty, mountains of poop in front of your door sucks and the random rolling is crazy! They will also eat everything…Ferns included.
  5. Jackals have microphones and they will use it every night to make some utterly interesting sounds.  Falling asleep to jackal sounds sure is great.
  6. Guinea-fowl look like hovercraft’s when they run.
  7. Baby cows are the cutest things on earth! Until they eat your swiss chard.
  8. Having to take your cat outside and stay outside with him so he doesn’t feel scared.  Or he will poo on the couch when you just sit down.
  9. Farm sunsets are the most incredible thing ever!
  10. The deafening quiet.  Peaceful is an understatement.

Lets get to photos!

Homemade ginger ale

^^ Home made ginger ale.  My ginger bug worked amazingly! Next tie I’ll add more ginger, molasses and lemon juice.  It was a little bit mellow for my taste.

Gluten Free bread

^^ This bread has made going gluten free, really easy! It taste so much better than normal bread.  I’ve also started losing the pesky weight that never seemed to go away.  My face fat! and belly fat.  Getting toned!

Lettuce wraps

^^ Chickpea salad cos lettuce wraps! So filling and refreshing.

Green smoothie

^^ Maca spirulina smoothie.  Pretty bubbles

Slytherin scarf

^^ I finally finished my slytherin scarf! It took forever, but its finally done.  Now I just have Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw to go!

Zombie

^^ Found this little guy in one of our junk crates.  He was a birthday present from Carl.

Darth Vader home decor

^^ Also found this Darth Vader mask in the same crate.

 

mess

^^ You have to make a mess before you see results right? Why do we have old Christmas gift bags! Someone call hoarders!

Garden oses

^^ I’m going to miss all these roses.

Bell peppers

^^ Bell peppers growing away a storm.

Spaghetti Squash flowers

^^ Spaghetti squash flower.

Dill flower

^^ I love this dill flower.  Its like tiny galaxies.

Its Friday! Do you have any plans?

That Farm Life/What’s cookin’ good lookin’

Ah, the farm life sure is splendid.  We’ve been spending more time at home as Carl  goes into crunch time before his big CFA exam.  I’m sure all his hard work will pay off and we will be celebrating his success come December.  You got this soul bro!

We’ve started a yoga routine at night, because you know, a couple that does yoga together stays together and been adventuring when we have time, but most of the time we are meandering around our house.  Just soaking up those views.

Around the farm lately.

Celery plant

^^ Healthy Celery plant just growing away.  I love the vibrant green.

Pink flowers

^^ Our side garden is really ugly.  I mean like really ugly, its filled with horse poop and all the random things our landlord planted.  So you could have bowled me over with a feather when I saw these pretty flowers popping out from the side garden.  You do you side garden.

Rose

^^ The roses finally showed up for the spring party and boy, was it worth the wait.

camomile flowers

^^ I’ve got a slight obsession with camomile tea.  It my sleepy time ritual that I just can’t get enough of.  I’m really happy my camomile flowers are growing so well.  You will be tea soon my dears.

Swiss chard

^^ Big and beautiful swiss chard.  Yum!

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^^ Getting ready for planting!

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^^ These flowers will be making our back garden beautiful! The one looks like something out of alien vs predator.

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^^ Its not all about gardening around here, we also eat some really delicious food.  Carl enjoying his chickpea burger after our strawberry picking adventure.

Chickpea burger

^^ Chickpea burger with a sriracha mayo and sweet chilli sauce.  So good.  Soooo Good.

Socca pancakes

^^ The easiest thing to whip up when you really don’t feel like cooking.  Kale socca pancakes.

Carrot Steak

^^ You would never think a carrot steak would taste so damn good, but boy it tastes like heaven in your mouth.

Vegan Chocolate chip cookie

^^ I made these amazing chocolate chip cookies for my little snack attack monster.

Fresh springrolls

^^ Fresh salad springrolls.  So easy, so yummy and so fresh.  I wish I had some right now.

Do you have any plans for the weekend?