DREAMS LOST AND FOUND
“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.