VINES ON A WINE ESTATE IN THE WESTERN CAPE, S.A.                                 wellington3

It’s wonderful to be back home, albeit 3 days earlier than planned.

It is a wintry autumn evening here in Johannesburg, South Africa.

It’s a familiar and exciting feeling to be here at my desk, putting up a post, my first since the April A-Z blog challenge. Yesterday, the second day of being home, was a day of attending to all sorts of things, and settling in back home. It also gave me time to reflect a bit, and to look forward.

It is good, also, to be able to use my lap top to connect on your posts, read and enjoy, leave comments instead of using my cell phone while away. For me, it’s tricky. But what a wonderful thing is a smart phone – photos even! As is the one above, and below …

We spent the last several days walking and hiking the Wellington Wine Walk (WWW) – about an hour inland from Cape Town. Other towns close by Wellington (20 kms or so) include Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschoek. All are famous for their wine estates and farms, olives and olive oil; rich in history as well. The area is so beautiful, breathtaking and bounteous. Those mountains, those vines – beauty and creation everywhere. And in the souls of our guides and fellow adventurers on the walk as well.

I may write a future post on the WWW  – and the unforeseen circumstances which is why, in part, I am home earlier than planned. In the original plan, I would have left Cape Town tomorrow night.

So, we’re post the April A-Z blog challenge; we’re post the national elections we held here in South Africa on 7th May; it is now post the WWW; May is quickly about to turn into June; winter proper will soon be upon us; summer is approaching already in the northern hemisphere. June 21st is the winter solstice here in SA; the summer solstice for you up north. The longest night of the year for we ‘southerners’, the shortest day. Night comes early in the day. It will be exactly a year ago that we moved from our old home into our townhouse – and we plan to acknowledge, celebrate and make a ritual of this seasonal change – and to mark our first anniversary on the longest night of the year.

And so the days turn – as do my thoughts and reflections about me, my life and purpose. All this among the news of the world – Boko Haram and their abduction of school girls; the missing Malaysian plane and the new thought that the plane may have been mistakenly shot down in US air space; the flooding in the Balkans; the striking miners here in S.A. –

There’s potential in every moment. Possibilities in every moment. I sense that for me it is now time to make use of the field of potential, of possibilities. To be more intentional in what I write, in what I want to achieve. To align myself with that field of potential with intent, and be open to possibilities. I’ve met so many wonderful people over the A-Z, that have encouraged, supported and sustained me. I am plugging into that energy field of potential.


So, to you, may you align with the energy field of potential and possibilities. It is there – all the time. At your finger tips.

47 Comments on Field of Potential

      • Thank you so much Maggie, so much appreciated! Hope all going well with lead up to World Cup …
        I note that my comment on your last post (today) by guest writer didn’t appear? Just to say I FB’d it .. great tips for all those who love the beautiful game 🙂

  1. Susan, I always enjoy reading your beautiful and thought provoking posts. I seriously enjoy the international flavor or thoughts and ideas from others who live outside the US, it helps me to feel better informed. Please keep up the good work as I look forward to following your blogs! Best regards, Vicki Paulus

    • Vicki, lovely to see you here, thank you so much for your comment! This is what I love about blogging – you’ve put it so well and articulated it precisely for me.
      Best to you, hope to see you soon? On your beautifully written blog posts? I hope so …

  2. Hi Susan. I found you in a comment on Marian Beaman’s post about Kathy Pooler’s memoir. Glad to meet you! I love the title of this post and the way it felt like a walk…the things you are thinking and seeing and feeling.
    Will return soon,
    Patti, in Western Washington State, U.S.

    • Thank you so much Patti and great to meet you. This world of interconnectivity is wonderfully amazing. I hope your Memorial Day was a good one – as the fallen are remembered.

  3. Now that I have remembered the Garden of Eden blog ( and how should I have forgotten it?) I realise what a tribe you take with you when you travel. I have a tenant I foolishly seduced with talk of Cape vineyards ( he always wanted to be a vigneron!) so I lose him now to Franschoek Wellington et al. Its really time to keep my mouth shut!
    Will circle back soon.

    • Yes, foolish on your side Philippa, lucky on his! He must be in bliss though being a vine master is tough work I should imagine ..? Eased no doubt by the wine ..

  4. Hi Susan .. I’ve been intending to read your last A-Z posts … and they are sitting in Feedly – so I shall find them in due course …

    The trip to Wellington sounds just amazing … years ago I went for a long walk with some younger college students, when I first went to SA … and nine hours later I was shattered! We had one very high jump into a gorge of water .. gave me nightmares for a while .. but what remembrances .. it was in the Elgin country.

    Wine, olives, cheese, salads and good rustic Cape food … though much of it is not rustic anymore.

    I hope the return home wasn’t too much of a catastrophe for someone .. but yes our summer is meant to be coming! Cold showers at the moment! Still the long daylight hours makes so much difference …

    Cheers and see you soon to read your other posts – Hilary

    • Thanks for stopping by Hilary. Elgin is beautiful – is that where the Houw Hoek Inn is? I think so – I remember going there with the parents as a young adult. We lived in Somerset West at that stage surrounded by the Hottentots Holland majestic mountains. I wonder what gorge that was you jumped into? The Cape is beautiful whichever way, rustic or not ..
      Enjoy your long summer days and am sending you wintry sun (not now, it’s night – and cold) your way.

  5. Hi,
    It is very nice to hear that you have undergone changes that will be reflected in your writing. I personally believe that the more serious we become about life and living out our purpose that our art of expression changes. Our perspectives dictate that we become true to ourselves.
    And that is what I hope for you.

    By the way, your wine fields remind me of the ones in Rheingau which is close too me. I go their often to walk through the wineberg and enjoy nature.

    All the best.

    • Thank you Patricia. Of course it remains a challenge to welcome those changes and not be afraid of something new – i.e. the ongoing changes of being true to ourselves. Thank you for saying – this brings it even more into focus.
      Pleased to hear that you get to walk in nature!

  6. Wonderful post and a great photo of you, Susan. That’s the perfect attitude, I think. There’s great potential in everything and all around us, or perhaps there’s simply joy and peace, if we allow it in our hearts.

    • ‘…if we allow it in our hearts’. So true Sylvia thank you! Thanks for saying about the photo – it was of course to show off – the mountains! 🙂

  7. That was a lovely trip you went on– I like your attitude, and your willingness to identify potential in all things. Good to have you back!

  8. I really enjoyed this beautifully lyrical and thoughtful post, along with the pictures. Thanks for sharing this with us and I am glad you’re back to blogging!

    • Thank you Stephanie! Yes, 20 days is a long time to not blog. I’m so pleased I’ve had my first go after this absence. I look forward to catching up with yours.

  9. Loved your rambling post. I feel blessed that in my world, when I ponder what I’ll do for the day, I end up at blogging, writing, commenting, visiting efriends, rather than TV, something else boring, nothing.

    • Thank you Jacqui for coming by and saying! Yes, a blessing to find deep connection with writing and blogging and friends all over ..
      Nothing is also good sometimes .. a time to be still? Out of nothing comes …?

  10. Thank you for this lovely post, Susan, and photos. I’ve enjoyed reading it. Your trip sounded amazing and I want to hear more about it, but for now welcome home. I’m pleased you’ve returned safely, full of inspiration and plans 🙂

    • Thank you Sharon! May it continue – and on your side as well. I’ve missed seeing your posts? I trust for no other reason that you’re busy with your novel writing and work in your son’s gym ..

  11. I am never quite sure about this sort of thing but I think it is a gift and because I appreciate your blog very much I have nominated you for a liebster award
    there is a page on my blog called liebster award a kind of daisy chain made from hearts with words and that has all the details about it .

    • Thank you Sandra. I will look into how to put this up – I was nominated in an earlier post on this A-Z but I honestly do not know how to do this. I will try because as you say it is a gift and as such deserves to be accepted. Congratulations to your deserved award!

  12. My dear Susan,

    So good to see you outstanding in your field, you are Outstanding iIn Your Field!

    I have no problem getting several spoonfuls of olive oil in every day, not to mention the wine…

    Welcome home, happy Solstice.



    • Thank you Robert! Happy Solstice to you too – early days yet. Next month on the 21st I’ll wish you again. Do you use extra virgin olive oil? That’s supposed to be the only one to use according to a few ‘in the know’. I’m waiting for my avocados to ripen to drench them. Maybe I’ll get into the habit of a tsp a day, neat.

  13. A lovely blog – Field of Potential – lots to reflect on. And a nice thought that perhaps the mountains and vineyards of our area acted as an appropriate backdrop to your forward looking blog. Thanks for the exciting blog….

    • Thank you didi! Yes your part of the world is so so beautiful and was indeed a push! I’ll definitely be coming again. Your honey from your bees in Wellington continues to be the best – straight up from the jar straight down my throat. Sometimes in buchu tea ..
      Hope your travels are going well ..

  14. Yes, the A to Z Challenge was an excellent push for us and a fabulous place to meet inspiring people. I can tell that the recent life events will inspire you in the coming year. I do enjoy your thoughtful posts, and seeing your beautiful countryside. I definitely look forward do hearing more.

  15. bravo Susan … tap away into the infinite possibilities with conscious intent .. it is needed now more than ever perhaps
    and you have a wonderful gift of clear sighted expression
    I look forward to your writing as always

    • Thank you Sandra. And for the affirmation that ‘it is needed now more than ever’ …
      May your clear sightedness continue.

  16. How hard to tap into potential. It takes focus and sharpness yet the flexibility to be open to whatever may present itself.
    All best as times change and celebrations of that occur.

    • Thank you Susan – indeed, focus and sharpness is exactly what is required. That is what it hinges on. And a realisation of the field … vines from the soil growing into grapes, grapes becoming wine, or added to jam or fondant. Some plucked from the vine (as we did) – some bitter, some sweet. More ‘becoming’ needed for them as they were growing. Most vines were protected by e.g. rose bushes or other to attract fruit flies so they would not attack the vines.
      May the field of roses be your protection.

  17. I can tell you have returned home restored in spirit (though probably tired) and with a renewed perspective. Time away from home has that effect on me as well.

    Yes, you should do a post on the Wellington Wine Walk, and you will provide your readers with another vicarious experience. Interesting too that you should mention that you are heading into winter as we approach summer in this hemisphere. And we are on the very same planet—hmmmm!

    • Thanks so much Marian! Coming from the Cape up to the highveld (we’re 6000 ft above sea level) can take a bit of body adjusting, as can simply settling back home again on another level. As well as a newer perspetive on ‘things’.
      Another month exactly to go for the solstice! Your hemisphere and mine!

  18. What an abundance of thoughts, Susan. And, I would love to go on such a wine/olive walk. I have read recently about growing olives, that the olive trees live forever, almost, and yet how difficult it is to harvest the olives. I am a connoisseur of both wine and olive oil, and must be mindful at dinnertime not to confuse the bottles of each.

    What beautiful country to walk. I am enjoying seeing the photos of S.A., the terrain unfamiliar to me, and, naturally, the lovely, happy photo of you.

    I look forward to hearing more about your wine walk and surrounding adventures.

    With the Field of Potential I must align myself, or realign. Sometimes I slip from alignment. I have come close to getting a piano, though, one of my dreams, in my belief that everything is possible. Still working on aligning those aspects.

    Welcome home. Can’t believe it’s been a year since your move. Happy Solstice.

    Thanks for such inspiring and inspirational thoughts.

    • Thank you so much Samantha. A chenin blanc or chardonnay could be mistaken for an olive oil I guess! The extra virgin olive oil was as delicate. And to swallow a teaspoon every day – olive oil i.e. is apparently good health practice. Right now I’m sticking to my coffee at this early hour. A tot of buchu brandy on the rocks in the evenings (for health reasons mind 🙂 ). I’ll write more on buchu – indigenous here – and buchu tea is now in the shops.
      I too slip from alignment – who doesn’t. We can slip back in again .. and that piano will surely be yours.

      • A word on olive oil, since I see discussion about it here: The New Yorker magazine published an excellent, in-depth story on olive oil a few years ago; you can probably find it online in their archives. First cold-pressed, extra-virgin olive oil is the best — it should be rich and have a greenish cast. Some olive oils, say from Italy, are shipped overseas in oil tankers, just as is crude fossil oil. Some olive oils are mixed with oils from other plants.

        • Thanks Samantha – yes, extra virgin cold pressed (the very first pressing) is the best. I used olive oil on my skin for sun tanning as a youngster; and no doubt on my face as well, and this is also recommended as a face moisturiser. Also, it’s important I gather to not let the light in the bottle and if you do dispense it for immediate use, to dispense only what is needed. Keep the olive oil in its dark green bottle. I MAY try it as a face moisturiser; at the moment I’m using a buchu oil every now and then bought from an estate in Wellington.
          We have plenty of olive oils that are mixed with eg basil, lemon infused etc .. and they are yummy, but au naturel is surely the best way.
          Maybe tomorrow I’ll start the day with a tsp of extra virgin olive oil – before or after tea then coffee I wonder? Perhaps in between 2nd cup of coffee and tea first, then first cup of coffee.

  19. Nice contemplation and expression of it… changes… passage of time… connection to the universal energy and being aware of it. Thanks!

  20. The Field of potential sounds so grounding, thank you. Your trip to the wine region sounds really lovely. I had forgotten that you might be heading to winter as we look forward to summer and warmth.

    • Thank you so much Rosie. The winter days on the highveld are usually bright and sunny – the nights very cold. Enjoy your long warm days and nights!

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