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Blog for Tuesday 2nd January 2024

My sincerest apologies but I could not get my laptop to boot up this morning and have spent almost six hours willing it to do so! I then went through the possible causes - bad battery, bad charger, buildup of static ... and it was the latter, and I was able to get my laptop to work again! And me the IT illiterate did that! Wonders never cease - or desperation motivates seriously!

My alarm clock began her awful tinny ditty close to my ear. I was quick to silence it, like slapping an annoying mosquito as it buzzes nearby.

Ah! Silence reigned again, so I lay there in bed for a little longer before hefting myself out with great determination.

My day had begun, and there was Shamara waiting impatiently for more food!

I love these words that Paddy put up on our family chat site …

Why do we start a new year, with promises to improve?

Who began this tradition of never-ending pressure?

I say, the end of a year, should be filled with congratulation, for all we survived.

And I say a new year should start with promises to be kinder to ourselves, to understand better just how much we bear, as humans on this exhausting treadmill of life.


And if we are to promise more, let’s pledge to rest, before our bodies force us.

Let’s pledge to stop, and drink in life as it happens.

Let’s pledge to strip away a layer of perfection to reveal the flawed and wondrous humanity we truly are inside.


Why start another year, gifted to us on this earth, with demands on our already over-strained humanity.

When we could be learning to accept, that we were always supposed to be imperfect.

And that is where the beauty lives, actually.

And if we can only find that beauty, we would also find peace.

I wish you peace in 2024.

Everything else is all just a part of it.

Let it be so.

                                                                                                                      by Donna Ashworth

This morning Paddy left the farm at about eight o’clock to go back home, and he took himself across the river on one of the quad bikes to get to his vehicle, as we were getting ready ourselves to go into Port Macquarie for the day. When we got back home later., Ken rode the quad bike back home and I drove the ute’ back across the river.

We had checkup appointments with our doctor, and it was so nice to see him again as he and his wife had just returned from spending Christmas with family in South Africa.

Oh dear! We arrived at the doctors consulting rooms an hour too early! Ha! THAT does not happen often! Normally, it is brakes squealing as we stop and rush in five minutes late!

W-e-l-l, we had an hour to kill before our appointments, so we headed off to Spotlight as I needed some ribbons for Ken’s various marathon medals. I am going to display them hanging over the large lampshade in the living area of our home, alongside the now framed Comrades Marathon medals. I also bought a few beads as I would like to try my hand at embroidering the cushion covers that I painted when staying with Kerry,’ (our eldest daughter) and James ‘in South Africa recently.

We stopped off at Aldis to get some groceries, then headed back into Wauchope to the chemist for medicines. The next stop was at one of the rural stores for food supplies for the animals and then it was home again, home again jiggety-jog! Wonderful!

Raafie almost turned himself inside out with sheer delight on our arrival back home. Poor little man misses us so when we go out.

It was already late when we got back home but Ken had a quick siesta, I listened to a podcast and then made us a pizza (not something I really am that fond of, but wanted to try it out) for our supper tonight. I used a tomato salsa, the savory mince I made yesterday and loads of Parmesan and Mozzarella cheeses. It was okay but it will be a while before I am tempted to try that again!

I hopped into bed as soon as I could, and Ken followed me not long afterwards.

The second day of 2024 ended for us both (plus Raafie) as we fell asleep.

What lesson did I learn today? Before setting out, double check what time our appointments in town are!

What am I grateful for today? That I now have the ribbons to begin to display the other of Ken’s marathon medals for him.

My saying for today is …


Here’s to a year of laughter, good health, love and delightful surprises! 

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