Some bare facts about living on a farm in South Africa:
- You have to watch out for snakes like puffadders and ringhals and some of my friends have Cape Cobra’s too. They are VERY aggressive.
- You can’t pop out to the Kwik Spar or Woolies food store for supper ingredients. Your pantry has to be filled with incidentals and ingredients to whip up a cake or a dinner for 10 at all times.
- You can’t walk around in your knickers as someone will invariably be walking past the window with a pile of wood and see you.
- You have to be on the look out for strangers.
- It’s peaceful
- There is dust everywhere
- Everything packs up at once: for example
shower door comes off its rails
toilet blocks(this will ONLY happen when you about to greet a carload of visitors or when everyone has sat down to tea!)
tractor needs a new gear box
pump gets flooded
pool filter packs up
washing machine refuses to spin
fridge makes a last dying sound
- the above did not all happen at once but I have been in a similar situation
- Oh and the worst…..is not being able to get decent “experienced handy men to work on the farm…such as tilers, electricians, plumbers, builders etc. In town you have a choice of 30 plus, we have one choice!
- AND THE worst…..sending your child away to boarding school….boo hoo
- oh and everyone expects 3 x 3 course meals when they visit you
I had a little nap after lunch, that’s probably why I’m grumpy. That’s another thing you can do on a farm….send Molly off with the nanny and have a lovely after lunch snooze.
oh and eat copious amounts of biltong and drink lovely fresh water to balance out the water retention.
and our kids can play with guns and shoot buck up and shit. (said with tongue in cheek!)
Living on a farm is a juxtaposition in more ways than one.