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It's a couple of days to the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere so our evening draw in early and by 5.30pm we are dark. Tonight we have a half moon hovering in the sky. I know that in the northern hemisphere you are enjoying long evenings of light and dawn comes early too. We retreat inside with the sunset, turn on the gas heater and get the animals settled on their bed in front of it's warmth. Most of our evenings are spent quietly at home, making and sharing a meal, chatting about whatever, enjoying the peace of our own place, the warmth of our home with it's familiar things we have chosen over the years.

I don't envy the socialites who go out to glamorous events three or four nights a week, dressing up in outfits and jewels that would keep us for a year, rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous who one day will not be famous any longer, air kissing and shallow chit chat while they eye each other's outfits and estimate how much they cost and where they were purchased or who the designer is.

It all seems terribly frivolous and empty from my cottage on the farm. How hard they all must work to keep 'on trend' and up to date with the latest gossip and scandal which inevitably will be about them at some point. How desperate to know that someone will come along, sooner, rather than later, who is younger, prettier, richer, better dressed, more successful. They will replace you seamlessly and your so-called friends will forget they ever knew you. They talk of 'living authentically', 'going green', 'preserving nature', 'doing something for the poor'.

At the same time they drive in great monster vehicles that guzzle gas, toss out last season's clothes and replace them with this season's clothes, redecorate once or twice a year, spend lavishly on the most expensive foods, send their children to the most expensive schools, thinking that they've 'made it'. They are the top of the tree. But, it seems to me, that tree or those trees are rather frail things to build your edifice of a life in and on. I lived on the fringes of that society as a schoolgirl and learned to look for something more meaningful than the next shopping trip to Sandton City, to enjoy the holiday in an old cottage on the beach rather than the skiing vacation in the Alps or the Greek Island cruise.

I would rather be like the Acacia tree that sends its roots deep. grows slow but tough, is able to survive drought and flood, be bent but not broken, be shaken but not stirred, lean with the wind and grow gnarled but full of character. "The evening of a well spent life brings its lamps with it."
Joseph Joubert

Credits: eQuilter, Batiks by Mira, Lunn Studios for Artisan Batiks from Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Hoffman Fabrics, Laurel Burch, Langa Lapu, Island Batiks
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NO, not one bit.


Oh yes, that is a definite problem for me. Falling down the stairs in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom would not be a good plan!


Also, many of the "tiny Houses" have the sleep zone up in the loft, on the floor. So you have to climb steep stairs, then clamber around on your knees to make the bed, and strip it for washing, and just to untuck the covers for sleep, it is a younger woman's game, I think quite seriously. We do have a camper, so I am familiar with the difficulty of making the bed when you are on it.... That said, maybe have a tiny house for your joint study, and a possible guest bedroom, or some other like arrangement.


We looked at the tiny house concept quite seriously but I don't think it's feasible for us - we just have too much stuff we need space for. Mike is talking about it again but I'm not really sure. Downsizing is a tough process. Not one I enjoyed at all even though it was essential. Good luck with your planning.


Jayne, you have managed to build up the beauty with your Batik series, I cannot find a favorite one or two. Thank you for sharing with us. Even now, as Bill and I are looking towards retirement, we are drawing plans to build our retirement home, with looking at downsizing. No, not a tiny house, b/c we have to meet certain sizes w/ where we want to live. No golf courses, health clubs and Club houses, but a shared park along the river (most important), wilderness trails, and to allow our camper on our property. Also, where we can see the sunset, as we only have peekaboo views of that most night here.


And I love eQuilter as a source of fabric images for my puzzles. Keep a look out for my puzzle I am about to load and post - It is more formally quilt like than most of my crazy quilt puzzles Quiltgirl. Glad you enjoyed it. Jayne

Love the batiks. I am a quilter. A fun puzzle


Thanks Judy, I don't follow the celebrity gossip but the local magazine I get because it is affordable and has crossword puzzles in it has a gossip section at the back which is fun to flip through and wonder what on earth some of them were thinking when I chose a particular outfit or dress to wear! Cold and misty winter weather today so the heater is on cosying up the cottage. Enjoy your day. Love, YF Jayne

Dear Jayne, You've written a great description of how the "other half" lives, as well as created another wonderful puzzle, using very interesting techniques. Thank you for having so much to say and sharing it, then adding beauty to our lives through your puzzles. You are appreciated! Y F Judy


Thanks Lorna. That's sweet of you. Jayne


Lovely colours and designs and a great puzzle! Thank you Jayne.


Thank you so much KK. (*~*) Jayne


Puzzle and philosophy outstanding. Thanks.

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