go! Platteland - - LETTERS -

“To re­alise a dream is to lose it.” I am not sure to whom this quote can be at­trib­uted, but since I’ve known my hus­band, Carl, he has wanted to live on a farm on a moun­tain with a river run­ning through it and own a hard­ware store.

We even­tu­ally found our “piece of plat­te­land” four years ago and moved to Riebeek East two years ago: three plots at the edge of the agri­cul­tural small­hold­ings, close to a moun­tain, and with a dry river bed way below us.

We also bought the town’s “shop” and have now re­fur­bished it to the point where it has be­come a gen­eral dealer, off-sales, postal agency and lo­cal “hoekie” to sell hand­made goods (we are work­ing on the take­away and hard­ware sec­tion).

So why is the dream “lost”? Well, so many plans have gone awry and had to make place for new ones, and we have had to make so many ad­just­ments to our lifestyle – from new friends to new places to ex­plore.

The ar­ti­cles and in­ter­views in Plat­te­land have helped with the ad­just­ment ev­ery step of the way. The lo­cal Dutch Re­formed dom­i­nee also as­sisted with his anal­ogy of the aloe: the area may be dry, but each year the aloe flow­ers and so much can be done with this ver­sa­tile plant once the roots are firmly estab­lished. So, wher­ever you may choose to live, you just have to face each day’s chal­lenges head-on.

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