December Post #4

My last post for this year. And also the end of my half-hiatus! I’m back on track next year. Life will not get less busy, but it will move on and I am absolutely excited for it. There’s a thousand projects in my head, so many things to do, so many books to read.

But first of all – chopping down trees and renovating our new home πŸ˜€ That is the priority! And getting a massive water tank. We are not connected to town water anymore. It will be a complete lifestyle change, but that’s what we wanted.

I’m playing with the thought of starting a video blog for friends & family. Especially my family in Germany is keen to know what we are up to. Any recommendations for platforms? And does youtube have an option that makes videos private? I mean only visible to people who have been approved somehow? I am VERY new to this πŸ˜€ But I don’t want to share my videos with everyone^^

I wanted to update my journal & make some nice pics of my bookshelf for a tag, but one day I came home and everything was already in boxes. I am glad that I put all of my non-read books aside. Mr. DZ is onto it.

We actually don’t have that much stuff. Apart from our furniture, the boxes don’t even fill up a whole room. Maybe we only have to drive over once or twice and it’s done. Transporting our plants will be a bit more difficult and some we can’t move. Luckily, we put all of our important ones in pots and NOT in the ground πŸ˜€ And then we just start again. Mr. DZ now wants to make his own wine, so… grapes, and lots of grapes!

Let’s talk about books now!

I finished 2 in the last week, yay!

First of all, I read The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman and am glad I gave it another chance. Even though it wasn’t perfect and there were a couple of things that annoyed me, it was a magical, fantastical & fun read! I LOVE the daemons and the world and the icebears! And it made me emotional, that’s always a good sign!

After that I sneaked in a lovely little novel that I was given by one of our customers. She’s a lovely old lady who loves reading just as much as I do and that’s how we bonded πŸ™‚ She gave me a beautiful copy of The Darling Buds of May by H.E. Bates.


I finished it in one sitting and it was a really enjoyable read! It deals with a big family living on a farm in England. They are living the life and enjoy themselves. There’s a lot of eating, making cocktails, buying fancy cars & just having fun! Also, the main character is avoiding the tax collector πŸ˜‰ It’s so fluffy and light & funny, I did not expect to like it so much. Lovely story! And damn, it totally made me want to get a little cocktail bar πŸ˜€ I also want to watch the TV show now. It’s from the early 90s and has Catherine Zeta-Jones in it?

I tried reading The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman after that, but I wasn’t expecting it to not start with Lyra and I didn’t want to read about this Will guy right now. Another time. Also, I read that the second part is weaker, that doesn’t make me too keen to continue.

I picked up Wrath of Empire and that’s what I will stick with now. I’ve been meaning to continue for so long but it wasn’t light enough. And I needed light & easy literature the last weeks/months. Now I’m ready for bigger books again, bring it on πŸ˜€

I got lovely presents for Christmas. Lots of home-made things, which I am very grateful for πŸ™‚ Those are 2 of them:

Someone knows me way too well πŸ™‚

Hope you’re all having a lovely 2019!


  1. So you might become a vlogger, eh? Good luck! I only watch a couple of youtubers, so I have no idea if you can make a channel private or not. I would think so, as youtube has all sorts of options.

    What is a water tank for? I’m assuming you won’t have a well?

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    1. It’s where all of our water will come from. Lots of houses in Australia need them as they are too far away to be connected or just choose to use tanks instead, as it saves money. There’s always the danger of running out though, especially when there’s long droughts. We have to be more aware of how much we use.

      We have a smaller one for the garden at the moment and we use it to water the plants. Saves us a lot of money. It holds about 2.000 liters.

      But for the new house we need one that holds 15.000-20.000.

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  2. That door-stopper should go well with Mogsy’s “Bend the Knee” doormat, indeed! πŸ˜€
    If memory assists me, you can upload a YouTube video and make it private by sharing its link with only the people you want to see it: it should be in the upload options, unless they have changed the rules.
    Have a great 2019!!!! πŸ™‚

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  3. We moved earlier this year, but we only have an apartment. We drove twice with boxes… one full car load with books, and half a car load with everything else πŸ™ˆ Good luck with all your plans for the future, sounds like you’ll have a great time. Enjoy 😘

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  4. I think it’s possible to make videos you can only get to with a link on youtube…? But I’m not sure (and probably not the person to ask lol) I’m glad to hear golden compass made you emotional πŸ™‚ Hope you like subtle knife when you get to it. AHHH HOLD THE DOOR! I didn’t get it at first- that’s so good!! And of course I love the time turner πŸ˜€

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