Heck it has been awhile since I last touched the keys to the lap top and did any writing at all and I mean no writing. My current work in progress…”Fangs of Fury” has been left on a hanger in the cupboard for now, currently sitting on 46k words and only halfway done, and I know that there are certain people out there who have been privy to a glimpse of the story-line that are jumping up and down for me to complete my latest so they can get their sticky hands on the published copy and I have to say to those eager beavers…sorry guys, I have had to take time out from writing to attend to other matters, but I did make a promise in my last blog, and I will keep to that promise. The books are lining up to be written, and believe me, I am going to write.
Now, the title of this blog is ‘Moving On” for more than one reason, so let me explain.
Firstly, after the passing of my Mother, my wife and I found ourselves drifting in a sea of uncertainty and doubt about the future. Now you might find yourself saying…”but you are an author, you’ve got eight books published, they are out there, they are selling.”
That may be the case, but an author can’t live on promises and dreams, waiting for that illusive Best Sellers list…the books need to be distributed, they need to be in your face or else they just do not sell, no matter how hard you work at promoting them, looking for reviews and relying on your publisher…at the end of the day the time comes when you have to look out for number one, and in everyone’s case, number one is self.
The world spins around on empty promises, believe me Lucie and I have been down that road on more than one occasion. For example in 2001 we were the proud owners of a 150ha farm in the foothills of the Katburg Mountains…we ran it as a guest farm and it was a wonderful life until September 2003 when Mother Nature with a little help from unknown persons decided that the gale force wind hitting the farm could do with a bit of fire and we lost everything. Now the empty promise at that time came from the government…it was declared a natural disaster and we were promised disaster aid. It is now 2016 and to date we have never been compensated for a loss of over R1mil.
The point of all this is that although you get empty promises from various parties in your life there are still some very good people out there which brings me to our decision which I will now share with you. After some soul searching and debate between ourselves we decided that we needed to uproot and move to a more affordable home. The decision was made to sell up everything that we owned apart from the clothes and a few necessary items.
A company based in Port Elizabeth called “Moving On” was contacted and a young lady by the name of JUANITA came calling and placed value on each and every item we wished to sell…she took photos of everything and before we knew it, we had a price-list in our hands and the date of sale was confirmed. Everything was taken out of our hands on the day of sale and the turnout was awesome.
They promised they would sell everything and they missed the mark by 4% . High praise for the team from “Moving On”. They were professional in their approach, and wonderful to deal with…we slept on a blowup mattress that night as that was all that was left…the next day Lucie and I “Moved On.”
To all the many good people living in Gamtoos who made us feel so welcome…we might be gone but your kindness and friendship will not be forgotten.
Our move brought us out of the Gamtoos area where we spent two wonderful years into a country setting just outside Port Elizabeth called Theescombe, where we thought that we would remain until the new year and then take up a caretaking position of a Guest House in a small town in the middle of the Karoo called Nieu Bethesda, but before I get to that, I would like to thank Paul and Janice Vice for the awesome welcoming committee when we arrived and making us feel right at home, and the cottage we are staying in at present just says…”live in me.”
We were all geared up for a bit of a break here, gazing out at the horses, donkey, geese and ducks, being taken for a DRAG by Pooch and just recharging our batteries when we were blessed by the Lord our Father. No sooner had we unpacked when we received an e-mail asking us if we would consider the following proposal. “How did the two of us feel about running the Guest House as Managers?”
We jumped at that suggestion, and now will be leaving our country setting on the 13th of this month to start a new chapter in our lives, thanks to a wonderful couple, Layton and Terry. Our thanks go out to you two for seeing the potential and for making us feel so welcome in your lives. The two of us are very excited at the prospect that lies ahead and the path we are going to walk.
So all of you out there, looking for a break, looking for something different and would like to meet the face behind Piet van Zyl…our location will be revealed to you shortly and I can promise you this…you will not be sorry…pack your bags and get ready for a trip to the Karoo.
In the meantime, take care and stay safe, you never know what is watching from the shadows.
God Bless You All.