Dear friends ...

12 September 2018
Dear friends

I haven't been here for a couple of weeks because Hanno was sick, then I got a cold and it became easier to stay away. I've thought a lot about the blog during that time and I know now the time is right for me to step away. The blog will stay where it is, so you can come back to read when you want to, but in a couple of weeks I'll close down the ability to leave comments. I might return for a single post in the future if there is something important to share but this will be the last regular post. I've made a few posts on Instagram recently and I might continue there, but I'm not sure about that yet.


As I move ahead in the next few weeks I'll be making a small tablecloth from an old white cotton doona cover; I have to declutter, clean and organise the bush house so it's ready to act as a plant haven over the hot months ahead; and I have a lot of sewing and mending waiting. So really, I'll just be carrying on as usual, hand-making a life that feels comfortable and right.

I hope that over the past 11 years I've shared some of the information you needed to build your own comfortable and right life too, or at the very least the motivation and desire to start the process. Always remember that your life does not have to look like anyone else's but it has to feel right for you. Building a new life for yourself and your family is a bit like putting a patchwork quilt together.  You choose the skills you need to learn, match them with others that you might already know, try each as you go and if it feels right, keep it as part of your overall pattern. Then go on to the next skill, and the next. This is not a one-size-fits-all kind of lifestyle. It's most definitely a unique fit for all of us.

Thank you for your visits and comments over the years and thanks for your support of my wonderful sponsors. They are all fine examples of how well retail business can work with sustainable outcomes in small or large communities. Thanks for buying my books and if you have bought any of my books, I hope you'll leave a comment on Goodreads or on the website where you bought your copy. It does help with sales and I'd appreciate you taking the time to do it.

I'm proud of this community and how we supported each other over the years and I'll take those memories and many friends with me. I hope your simplified life continues to support you in many good ways in the coming years. Don't forget to take the time to stop and appreciate what you have around you.

With love, Rhonda  xx

251 comments

  1. I haven’t posted often, but I will miss your updates. Blessings, Rhonda, from a Brit in Michigan x

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  2. Dear Rhonda, Thank you so much for all the time and effort you have put into your blog. I remember when I first found it many years ago. I had googled "simple living and food" and up popped Down To Earth. I really enjoyed you book, forum, and blogging course. You will be missed. I will keep you and Hanno in my prayers, and will be back often to reread all of your wonderful posts. Love, Stephenie

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  3. Thank you for giving so much of yourself to encourage and guide your followers. You really opened my eyes to the joy that was all around me. Wishing you much contentment in the years ahead. Lepidilla

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  4. Hi Rhonda,

    I must admit that I had been wondering if all was well with you as you had been away for a bit. I hope you and Hanno are well and I'm really sorry that you are leaving this space as it's such a joy to read. I wish you and Hanno all the best for the future and will pop back occassional to see if you have posted anything as I enjoy reading your posts. Thanks for the great blog and all the best.

    Sharyn

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  5. I shall indeed miss your posts Rhonda & I would like to thank you with all my heart for all that your blog has bought to us out here in cyberspace. I have your books that I reach to for reference all the time. I wish you & Hanno all the best for the future Rhonda. Julie Xx

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  6. Your blog has been an inspiration to me for these years. I can understand your decision to step away as you have written. Thank you for all that you have shared with us, your readers.

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  7. I have such mixed emotions reading this Rhonda. I thought you or Hanno may not be well because you are such a regular poster. My heart did a flipity flip and then sank when I read that now was the time for you to step away from the blog.
    Firstly though I'm so glad it was a cold you have recovered from and not anything more serious. I hope too that Hanno will be better soon.
    So now is the time to thank you for the immeasurable positive influence you have had on my life that has radiated to include my family and friends. I will be one of so many who will continue to spread the Down to Earth word with love.
    In truth I feel quite devastated you are going but in my heart I knew the time would come and I only want the best for you and your family.
    So farewell good friend I will think of you often and picture you in your lovely world of home.xxx

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  8. Oh dear, now I'm really sad.

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  9. Oh Rhonda..how I will miss your words of wisdom,but I totally respect your decision.I have both your books,and the little paperback too.They are my favourites on my bookshelf,and I have tried many of your recipes and will continue to do so.Wishing you and Hanno all the best for the future,and a massive thank you for your inspiration and knowledge.

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  10. Oh Rhonda, I’m all teary-eyed thinking how sorely I’ll miss you here in this space! But I completely understand and wish you and Hanno all the best. Thank you for creating this beautiful blog, and for all of the encouragement and wisdom you’ve so generously poured out over the years.

    With much love and gratitude,
    Jaime

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  11. Oh my i can't believe I won't be able to read your blog everyday. We are the same age as our husbands we also live the same life style. Good luck and please if you have a a few minutes post how your life is going. Thank you so much for all the info you have shared.

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  12. Oh Rhonda, I ‘ll miss your blog a lot!.
    Yours was the first blog I read about Simple LiVing.
    Every Friday I looked for your “weekend readings”.
    Thanks for everything.
    Enjoy this new time in your life, enjoy your grandchildren and the wonderful life you and Hanno built together.
    From far away Argentina my best wishes.
    Bye bye my friend
    Ale

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  13. Dear Rhonda,
    It's sad to hear that you have decided to stop blogging, but I understand. We all have to do what's right for us and our loved ones.
    I found you on a short YouTube video while searching for simple living videos. Then I started reading your blog and joined the DTE forum. It was in 2016. I've always lived a simple life, but In the last two years I learned new skills and improved immensely as a homemaker. (I just made another batch of soap,) It's mainly because of the knowledge, inspiration and encouragement I received from your blog, the forum and your Down to Earth book.

    So thank you dear Rhonda. I wish you and your family health, happiness and prosperity. I hope you will post once in a while, no matter how infrequently.

    Lots of love,
    Nil

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  14. Thank you, Rhonda. Your blog posts helped me change my life.

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  15. Thank you from the bottom of my heart

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  16. I've been reading your blog from nearly the start, with a move from SE Queensland to Perth, and then back again. It will be sad to see you go, but it's been great reading you over the years. Best wishes for the future.

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  17. Wow that is so sad that you will be leaving us but you need to put things into perspective. I have followed your blog for along time and found so many things of yours that I have copied over into my life. I would just like to wish the both of you all the best and I will pop in here over time to see if you are leaving any posts. I don't have an instagram account and I not sure how to set one up.

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  18. Oh darn. I have been checking every day. I hope you are both feeling better and I wish you all the best.
    Claire in Melbourne

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  19. Thank you for your positive advice and information over many years. I have not commented before but been a keen follower and purchased your book. All the best to you both.

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  20. You've been an inspiration for many years, sorry to see you go but we readers have to understand it takes a lot of work and time to maintain a blog and it can be tiring after a few years.
    Enjoy your well earned rest and hope to see you posting once in a while.

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  21. Well well...after all this time, Rhonda! I am not surprised though. Thanks for all your input over the years and I am sure you have been an inspiration to many people. I do hope Hanno recovers quickly. Big hugs to you both and to Miss Gracie as well.

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  22. My enormous thanks to you for your inspiring blog. I have been reading it for several years now. My family bought me your books -at my request - for a birthday present. They have been read and reread many times. A plan was formulated to pay off debt and mortgage so that I could retire from full time work. That time is about to be realised and I am feeling really excited about the challenge. Gardening, cooking, baking, and preserving have always been part of my life but now stockpiling, making my own cleaners and op shopping for items we need ( clothes, etc) have been added to the mix. And we have...savings!!! We are on our way... I cannot thank you enough in words. Give that darling wee Scottie a big hug from me and I wish you all the very best for the next part of your life's journey.

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  23. Thank you Rhonda for helping like the mother/grandmother I never had. Thank you for showing me and reminding me that living simply is who I am and to be proud of that fact. Best wishes in your future adventures.

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  24. Dear Rhonda,
    Sorry to hear that you are stepping back from the blog, your posts have been a source of comfort and been a calming influence for me over the years. I have learnt new skills ( or at least new to me) from your posts and I hope that all the information that you have shared will continue to be available for new readers. Once again thank you for all that you have shared with us.
    Regards Joyce Riddle.

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  25. Dear rhonda, i am sad to read this as checking in with your blog has become a weekly ritual. I have both your books, and your generosity in sharing your simple life has been an inspiration. Thank you x x

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  26. Thank you Rhonda, I've been following you since before your blog.
    I wish you and Hanno well for your future together.
    I shall miss your advice and wisdom.
    cheers Kate

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  27. Hi Rhonda, thank you for all the information you have passed to all via DTE and your blog.It is lovely that you are leaving the blog here for now as I often pop in to see how you made something.I have appreciated all the time, effort and information you have put into your blog. It is understandable to want to step back, our families, homes and yards do take time to keep going and nourish. Home is my favorite place, as you know many don't get it but us like souls do! I loved being with you on DTE and thoroughly enjoyed meeting you, Hanno, Jamie and of course cute as cute Gracie. Of course those yummy homemade afternoon tea treats were delightful. I am glad that you are proud of what you have achieved and rightfully so. Although gone, DTE still plays a big part in my life! Thank you so much for everything Rhonda. Looking forward to you popping back from time to time. Hopefully we can catch up again. Take care and love to you.xxx

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  28. Oh how I will miss you but THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. Since I accidentally picked up Down to Earth at the library and then proceeded to buy a copy of it and The Simple Home, my life has improved dramatically. I cannot express my gratitude and wish you all the best. As a result of your shared wisdom my family, my home, my garden and my selfworth have improved in so many ways I could never imagine. I will continue to read and learn and teach my young daughter's what I have learned from you and with tears in my eyes, I say Thankyou and Goodbye.

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  29. Thank you for sharing your wonderful array of knowledge, both on here and through your books, which I love ... it has and will continue to be greatly appreciated. I'm slowly working towards a better, more simpler lifestyle having come to the realisation that 'stuff' doesn't a better me make ... best wishes to you all as your journey continues, you will be missed in blogland :)

    Rose - NZ

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  30. Totally understand Rhonda and thank you for all the years you have shared your life and living information with us. God bless you.

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  31. Thank you for all your inspiration, you Have definitely made a difference!

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  32. Dear Rhonda,
    Thank you for all your wonderful posts, I will miss them. I wish you and Hanno all the best!
    Ellen
    (a long time reader from The Netherlands)

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  33. I'm a fairly recent reader of your blog and will be sad to see you go. Thank you for the lovely posts you've written - very informative and helpful. And for sharing photos of your life - and your gorgeous little doggy! Best wishes to you all.

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  34. Oh Rhonda! It's your blackheath budgeter here alyce I haven't commented as much as I would have liked to over the past while as a toddler and a new baby 4 months ago has seen me catching up on posts at odd hours but I cannot tell you what a treasured resource this will be for me to come back to. Time to start from the beginning. I have so valued finding this blog and spending the time with you I got to so many years ago now x

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  35. Rhonda thank you so much for the time effort and inspiration you have given to many of us for the last 11 or so years.
    Nothing lasts forever no matter how much we wish otherwise and we should respect your choice.
    Thank you for your books too . My copies will continue to encourage and focus me as well as giving me my husbands favourite whole orange cake recipe . Actually all th erecipes are so good.
    Enjoy your new ''freedom'' with Hanno and Gracie and the grandkids. I wish you and yours all the best.
    Ronda

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  36. Thanks Rhonda, I shall try and find time to finally start reading from the beginning. Enjoy yourselves now without having to think about blogging.

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  37. My best wishes Rhonda. Your posts have often been the calm in the storm of my busy work life. You have made me realise that my life can be however I want it to be and it doesn't have to confirm to everyone else idea of a what a life should look like. Take care and stay well. Kind Regards Jo x

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  38. You'll be very sadly missed Rhonda but I think you have made the best decision, family and home must come first and now it's your time, for yourself. Wishing you, Hanno and all the family the very best and thank you most sincerely for your sensible outlook and gentle conversion of so many of us to the simple life, it's been amazing xx.

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  39. All the best to you Rhonda, and to Hanno and your family. I have been reading here for many years. I also have and love your books. Thank you for everything <3

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  40. Thank you Rhonda for your wise counsel over the years- you have influenced me and so many others in a positive way and I will miss your posts enormously. However I can return to the blog frequently and read your books over and over.
    I understand that you must follow your heart and I wish you, Hanno, Gracie and the family much happiness and contentment in the years ahead.
    Bless you.

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  41. Hi from Sri Lanka!
    It's only a few months since I discovered your blog. It was at the correct time of my life.I have been thinking about simplifying my life,giving up my work to spend more time with my daughter. Although the economy in my country at the moment is not ideal for going into a one Income family I have put into practice so much of what I have learnt from your blog.You and your blog has been a comfort to me gently guiding and inspiring..I am so sad to hear you are going to stop..It's like losing a loved one. However you need to move on and I wish you all the best.I have not bought any of your books simply because they are expensive for me with the shipping and all..I now plan to somehow save and buy them as I want to pass them onto my daughter one day.I wish you and yours all the very Best..

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  42. I can’t add more to what everyone else has already said. God bless you Rhonda, and thank you from the bottom of my heart ❤️

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  43. Dear Rhonda,
    Thank you for your wise words which I've absorbed through your books, on your blog, in magazine articles and podcasts. I have learnt so much from you. Among other things, I will always be grateful that you gave me the confidence to try making my own soap. I now do this regularly which keeps my family in all the soap we need.
    Wishing you all the best,
    Sally at One Family, One Planet blog

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  44. Thanks for everything Rhonda. You will be missed

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  45. Hello Rhonda
    I was hoping this day would never come, but I know that your family time and health should be your priority. I'm so sad to see you go, and I wish you all the best in the years to come. I check in here every day to see what you're up to and to soak up all the wisdom and knowledge you share with all of us. I have your books and I have read every post from the beginning, and it's good to know I can come back and read your lovely thoughts and ideas whenever I need a sensible, calming bit of advice. Best wishes, you will be missed xx Lins

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  46. Rhonda, thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and common sense on this delightful blog for so many years. I first heard you on the radio in 2010 and was inspired by your story. I'm sure many, many people will still pop in here to re-read your posts. There's so much wonderful information. All the very best to you and the family, and Gracie of course!
    Meryl

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  47. Thank you so much Rhonda for all your wisdom so freely shared to us. Wishing you, Hanno and your family all the best in this next chapter.
    Blessings!

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  48. Hi Rhonda. I am so sad to here you won t be blogging. I completely understand that you that the season is at an end. Although you may feel like you are repeating yourself, I know me like many others just feel inspired to get going with our day just doing ordinary things once we have read your post. I will be sorry to see you go as yours is my favourite and most frequently visited blog (I will continue to read past posts for inspiration though). All the best to you and Hanno as you start the next part of your journey hopefully both staying healthy and active for a long time to come bless you heaps Yvette

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  49. Thank you for everything. Your parting comments have landed deeply and I will take your advice to live in a way that frelsrfeels to heart. All the best for the life that awaits ahead xx

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  50. Thank you for sharing so many wonderful things with us Rhonda. I will miss your posts very much but glad you will be leaving the blog where it is as I know I and many others will keep referring back to it - so, so much wonderful stuff there. I'm sorry you and Hanno haven't been well lately but hope you are on the mend and feeling 100% again soon. Take care and may God continue to bless you and your family enormously. Miki xxx

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  51. All can say is thank you for helping me add a new depth to my life. I wish you much joy, health and happiness for the future. Bernie

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  52. Thank you so much for the inspiration and encouragement you have shared through your wonderful blog.
    I hope Hano and you get better soon.
    Oumayma.

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  53. Thank you. Thank you. You provided a lovely place to gather, share, and learn. Grace be with you in the years ahead.
    Patricia/USA

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  54. maybe the best lesson you could teach is this very one of stopping with the blog. One has to know when it it is time to sign off and you seem to have been approaching that for a while and are now honouring your feelings. Go well

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  55. I do hope neither of you is seriously ill. I hope it is something that a lot of rest can cure. I am going to miss reading about all of you. Take care and I will hold positive thoughts for you and your family. God bless you.

    Shell

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  56. All the very best to you and Hanno and Gracie, Rhonda. I know you'll keep on living and cherishing the simple life you've made for yourself and your family and that you've shared so generously here on your blog. Through your blog and your books, I've learnt so much that is now part of my own simpler life. I think there are many around the world who would be able to say the same. Take Care! Meg Xx

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  57. Thank you for your wonderful blog. I don't tend to comment but love reading it.

    Allie

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  58. all has been said, but I will miss your kind and wise words, especially about ageing. Although I am immensely grateful that I did find your blog and was able to read your books. Thank you for keeping this website so that we can all find inspiration at any given moment. My best wishes to you all, take care of eachother and I wish you and Hanno many interesting and healthy years to come. Warm wishes from the Netherlands.

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  59. Rhonda thank you for all you have taught me and others. I will miss your blog but understand that life has many seasons and we all have to adapt to the changes each new season brings. All the very best and I pray that you are blessed as you move forward.

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  60. My heart sank when I read that this would be your last post, however I understand totally, you are supposed to be retired yet you have to keep coming up with topics to write about, which I imagine would make you feel pressured. You need to put yourself & Hanno first, so although I will miss reading about what you're up to, I understand the need to get your life back. Wishing both you & Hanno all the best. X

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  61. Thank you Rhonda for your fantastic contribution to my life. Yours was the first blog I ever read and while that wasn't so long ago, like others have said before, it came at a pivotal crossroad in my life and made such a positive impact. You have left a terrific resource for the future in your well organised and stylish blog, as well as the legacy of your books. There will always be someone new out there looking for inspiration and they will find this blog and your words of wisdom and be grateful for what they read.

    Change comes for all of us eventually and after the incredible 11 years of work you have put into Down To Earth, I hope you, Hanno, Gracie and your lovely extended family can enjoy a long, happy and healthy time together and savour the extra freedom stepping away from the blog will give you. Best wishes to you.

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  62. Oh Rhonda i'm so sad! Thank you so much!
    I wish you, and Hanno much of hapinness and a good life.
    Patricia from France.

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  63. I understand, but will absolutely miss your blogs, not many people are on my wavelength and I so look forward to reading your posts. Glad they will be still available but will miss you Rhonda xxx

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  64. Dear Rhonda,
    Thank you for everything! What you've given all of us is so precious.
    May you and your family continue in good health.
    Much love,
    Danielle P.

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  65. I've read your blog for a number of years now and it has been so encouraging as my husband and I have moved into retirement years. I'm so thankful that you have given so much of yourself to us. I will miss checking your blog to see if you have a new post! I would love it if you would post on instagram! From a admiring reader in Texas, USA.

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  66. Thank you for all the inspiration you have passed along to us, your readers. Your blog has been a joy to read and reference as well.
    Blessings and prayers from the Foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.
    Toni 😊

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  67. Dear Rhonda,
    Thank you for the last eleven years of your time and wisdom that you shared freely with all of us. I will miss your updates but I wish you and Hanno nothing but the best. You will be missed greatly. I will continue to look at your blog and read as there is no way to read it and retain in one sitting.
    May you and Hanno continue in good health and joyous living.

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  68. Ah Rhonda, I'm so sorry to hear Hanno has been unwell and you on top. I hope you are both feeling better soon.

    What can I say? I knew this was coming, I had a feeling. You will be so dearly missed. What an amazing legacy of knowledge, practical advice and inspiration you built over your 11 years blogging.

    I'll never forget my very first step into simple living was your custard recipe and it dawned on me that real custard was a creamy colour - not the yellow I had come to know. It began a journey of questioning and learning which has completely changed the way we live our lives.

    I'm a pretty good home cook these days, and on my kitchen bench there is sauerkraut, sour dough and kombucha fermenting. There is home made yogurt in the fridge and soap curing in my laundry. Completely ordinary parts of my life now. Because this blog made me realize I can learn anything I set my mind too.

    We finally bought our farm last week, 265acres, 45 mins inland from Port Macquarie. Mortgage free. It's completely off grid and we are going to be living in yurts for a few years but its going to be an epic adventure. If you had of said to me 6 years ago I would be about to embark on this new path I would have laughed at such a crazy thought! (because that's what other people do - you know, those people that are not me.)

    But here I am. Your blog taught me to look at things from a different angle, simpler, yet different. You introduced me into a world of knowledge, into a community full of generosity and wisdom.

    For that, I am forever grateful. Thank you for your words, thank you for your encouragement, thank you for your dedication to the simple living community.

    Much love to you and yours - and Gracie of course!
    Em
    xx

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  69. Sorry to see you go, Rhonda. I enjoyed this blog and looked at it almost every day for years. But the time comes for everything to end or change; and you have worked hard sharing your wonderful ideas and methods to make a workable and sane life. Thanks for that. And good luck to both you and Hanno for the future; take good care.

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  70. Thank you Rhonda, for all the wisdom and experience you've shared with us over the years. I admit I am sad to learn you'll be ending the blog, as I only recently returned to reading it after not following it for several years. I love your simple, genuine, down to earth way of talking. When I read your blog I feel like I'm chatting with my older, wiser neighbour and not reading advice on the internet. I do though, surely understand your need to step away. I too once had a blog which did have quite a few readers, but although I enjoyed doing it a time came when I realized it was just too big of a time commitment. Stepping away is for you in line with your philosophy of focusing on the things in life that mean the most. Many thanks, and warm wishes from Canada.

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  71. Rhonda, thank you for sharing your life and wisdom. You will be missed.

    Sarah, from the Sunflower State

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  72. I am saddened to hear your news but I truly understand why. I have learned so much from reading your posts. Enjoyed them immensely! I will miss reading new things about your simple life. Take care, work the garden, can or freeze for future use, mend, sew and knit, take care of your loved ones. Until I read again a new post or two. Barb from the USA.

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  73. I'll be sad to not see a regular post from someone I consider a kindred spirit, to know what you and Hanno are accomplishing in the opposite season from ours, and to see what antics Gracie is up to. The time and effort you've put into your helpful and informative posts are most appreciated. Sending many well wishes for you all.

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  74. Rhonda, thank you so much for everything you have shared on your blog, in your books and on the DTE Forum. I first found you in 2015 and you were an inspiration. I wish you and all of your family (including Gracie) well and send my best wishes for the future.

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  75. Thank you for everything, Rhonda!

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  76. Oh No! I love reading your blog and will miss it. I've literally just worked up the courage to make my own soap, using your recipe - it will be staying on here won't it?? I've watched countless youtube's on soapmaking and keep coming back to your recipe. I'm sorry you're going but I understand the amount of time and effort it must take. Get well soon, wishing you much happiness from Scotland. x

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  77. I found your Blog quite recently and have enjoyed reading
    through a lot of your Posts,and have left some comments.
    Take care and thank you for all you have shared x

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  78. I had been wondering if this time was coming. Your writing will be missed. But please know that you have had a positive impact on myself and my family. My mother told me when I was in high school that learning to cook, and sew, and care for a home was a waste of time, so I went looking for those who were willing to share their knowledge. By the time I found your blog I had already taught myself to cook and many other things, but I did and still do have so much to learn. Do enjoy your time with your family and puttering around your property. I will be doing the same.

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  79. Hello Rhonda
    I found your lovely blog some months ago and have so enjoyed reading your postings from when you started . I’m at the start of my journey and looking forward to the changes ahead developing my own simpler life . Your blog is a place of inspiration and information and I’m so glad that you will be keeping it available to read . I’ve also loved reading about your life in Australia and I shall continue to think of both you and Hanno enjoying your garden with the chooks and Gracie!! Wishing you both well , Heather from the UK

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  80. Rhonda,

    Thank you for all the inspiration! I found your blog looking for a soap recipe (and the one I make every few months or so is still basically yours) and have been following you ever since. It's been wonderful to walk through so many "recipes" (some for cooking, some not) because you make them sound so straightforward, and to watch you and Hanno age so gracefully. I'm hoping we can do nearly so well!

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  81. Thank you so much Rhonda for all you have given to us over the years,i have read your blog for many years, and have one of your books that I pull down and read often, we shall all miss you. Thank you seems two little words compared to all that you have shared and the difference you have made to peoples lives through your writings. Enjoy your time together.
    Sue Bedfordshire UK

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  82. I am going to miss reading your newest blog posts, but I will be re-reading all that you have shared with u over the years. I am so happy to have met you and have learned so much about living a gentler, kinder life from you. Stay well and please, I'm sure I speak for all of us, let us know how you are doing from time to time.

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  83. Hi Rhonda~You have been so much of an inspiration to me through the years. I have purchased your first book and refer to it often.

    What I love is your ability to teach me how to love homemaking & simplicity and to be practical about it. Don't get caught up in all the hoop la.

    I pray for you and Hanno. I also am grateful you are leaving the blog.

    As I enter into the season of menopause and re-evaluating what's important, I often here your words: Creating IS part of homemaking. That seems to be a guiding force for me right now.

    Thank you so much, and please consider posting periodically any projects or what is inspiring you.

    Hugs from Colorado USA,
    Dee

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  84. I will miss you! Blogging has changed so much since I began twelve years ago. I have thought of stopping but right now I still write a Saturday and Sunday post. Saturday is most often about being prepared for emergencies and stocking up.

    I hope you continue on Instagram, I just "followed" you. More and more of my blogging friends have thought Instagram is more like what blogging was at one time. I don't comment much these days (another change from the earlier years) but I have been reading.

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  85. Rhonda, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of the years you have given to this blog and to the forum you ran for so long. Between those and your books, you have helped *thousands* of homemakers to find a simpler, gentler path for their lives and for their families. I wish I could say I am surprised, but I am not; I could sense your gently pulling away and moving into a new chapter of your life. WIth my thanks and best wishes for all the rest of the journey...

    Pauline in Upstate NY

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    1. Pauline it is good to hear another person from Upstate New York has been following Rhonda all these years, as you sometimes feel quite alone in trying to live a different life.
      Rhonda, I will miss your motherly touch and wisdom that felt like family though you are half a world away. All the best to you and Hanno.

      Anne in Upstate NY

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  86. I checked in with your blog today and was so surprised to see you're not going to be blogging anymore. Have to say, I'm really going to miss your posts. I loved your blog. I'm now following you on IG, but I know it's not the same.

    Blessings,
    Melanie in IL (USA)

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  87. Awwww!! So Saaaaaad!! It will be as though a dear friend passed away. Best wishes!

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  88. Thank you! I will miss the inspiration you offer us all!

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  89. Dear Rhonda
    Thank you so much for having shared yourself with us all over the years. You have build a place where so many have been able to come and learn and share together and it will be greatly missed going forward. Thank you for being ready to leave the blog up for us to continue to enjoy and treasure and we wish you and Hanno joy and health in the coming months and years.
    Bless you,
    Trevor Stuart
    Surrey, England

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  90. Rhonda, We have missed you. Sorry you and Hanno have been crook and am glad to hear things are improving. You will certainly be missed on this blog. I am about 2 years older than you and spent a couple of years living in Sydney as a child. However our upbringing was a bit different. My mother was not remotely interested in most of the topics you cover here although she always cooked at home and later became interested in sewing. I have enjoyed reading what you and your followers have to say as it is a breath of sanity in an insane world. Enjoy the next stage of your life.

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  91. I have read you blog with such pleasure for years and will miss it.

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  92. Dearest Rhonda,
    You were my inspiration for starting my own little blog and were a wonderful teacher of your blogging course. You were also the light in my sometime dark and hard life, encouraging, practical and happy in your own skin. Thankyou for all your recipes, thoughts and genuine advice over the years, you will be truly missed.
    Fi from stay home instead.

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  93. Dear Rhonda~
    You will be so missed. I've not commented as much as I should, but I've been reading your inspiring posts for ages now. I've learned so much from you and have purchased both books. Please do come back from time to time and let us know how you and Hanno are getting on. I'm sure it's draining to keep a quality blog like yours fresh and interesting but you've succeeded beyond measure. Have a wonderful life!! With love and thanks, Donna XXX

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  94. Rhonda I have loved your blog and books. It has been a joyful part of my days for many years. I will miss your blog.
    Thank you for your generosity and I wish you and Hanno all the best. Robynne.

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  95. Thankyou Rhonda for being a beautiful voice of sanity in our challenging world. I wish you all the best as you continue to live your simple life.

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  96. Thank you for all your work here on your blog, to build community, to teach and to share. You’ll be missed but I just went and followed you on Instagram.

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  97. Dear Rhonda, while I completely understand I am still having a bit of a chin wobble here! I will miss seeing you here very much. I love your practical advice in a world that is too busy. I look forward to your occassional post and I can see that now I will have to purchase your books. I will see you on Instagram. All the very best and a big squishy hug to you. Love from Lisa x

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  98. Thank you for time, effort, and love you shared with us. I know that I have learned much from you. Whenever I make one of your recipes, I will remember you and your family. Wishing you health and happiness! I will miss you...

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  99. Thank you so much for sharing your blog with us all. I have been reading it virtually from the beginning, and have found it inspirational.
    I wish you well, and continued happiness with your life.

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  100. my very best wishes to you and thank you.

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  101. Thank you for all you did for us! I appreciate all you do and good luck in the future! Blessings!

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  102. Thank you Rhonda! I will miss you but all good things must come to an end. Thank you for leaving a wealth of information and wisdom here online for us. I wish you and your family all the best.

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  103. I will so miss you Rhonda. I check your blog every day and I feel you are my link with the outside world. Thank you so much for all you have done for so many. Carol.

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  104. Wishing you all the very best Rhonda ☺
    Your recipes and sharing of skills helped my husband and I to retire earlier than expected. I rarely meet like minded people as we travel about Australia, so it has been refreshing to drop by and be encouraged by your blog .Understand the need to step back and have some solitary time organising your abode !

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  105. Okay, I cried. I could not help it. In the past 2-3 years that I have followed you, I have learned SO much about returning to my homemaking skills and you have taught me so much more beyond my skill level. I will just start from your Day 1 blog and go from there. I pray only the very best for you and Hanno. Be assured that even though we may not be able to communicate with you via this medium, you will still be in all our hearts. Continue to have a wonderful life, Rhonda. I will always remember you and your kindness. Thank you.

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  106. My gosh, has been 11 years already?! I will always be happy to have stumbled across your blog as it has been an incredible place for information and comfort. I only wish the very best for you and your family. Thank you for all the work you have put into this and for sharing everything you could.
    You will be missed.
    Hugs and love,
    MissFifi

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  107. Sorry to see you go! I only found your blog last year, this always seems to happen just as i find a good one they pack it up. oh well

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  108. Dear Ronda, you have made a great impact on my life and I thank you for all you for all you have done, the immense amount of your time and knowledge that you have invested in me .....it has been much appreciated.

    Keep well, both of you. I hope that we will hear how you are going from time to time.

    Kind regards
    Gail

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  109. I'm so sad to be saying goodbye, but I have just loved your posts. They have really supported me as I continue to live my simple life (and try to simplify more!) Thank you so much for all your writing, I will definitely be revisiting the old blogs.

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  110. Dear Rhonda
    Thank you for your wonderful Blog that has been a good friend to me over the years.
    I will continue to go back to it.
    Wishing you health and happiness. Best wishes, Jean.

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  111. Thank you Rhonda for your generosity and wisdom. You opened my eyes to slow living and I’ll forever be grateful.

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  112. Thank you Rhonda !! I have been reading you blog for over 5 years and have gained inspiration and knowledge to start my own journey of self sufficiency and frugal life ! I have both your books and refer to them daily and will continue to do so for years to come ! I will miss your regular blogs but I’m sure I will visit your blogfor old posts and recipes ! I wish you all the best for the future ! Karina

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  113. I'll miss seeing new post but I completely understand stepping away. Thank you so much for everything you have provided over the last 11 years - Becci

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  114. I'm so glad I found your blog and that you will be leaving it available to us. I wish you well.
    Brenda

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  115. Dearest Rhonda,
    I'm not sure how I found your blog, about 5 years ago, but reading your gentle words about a lovely life in Australia has been the balm that I needed, in my too-busy Southern California life. I have read hundreds of wonderful articles from your Weekend Reading section, strived to become more focused with my housekeeping, googled so many cake recipes you've mentioned (I made the whole orange cake to my husband's delight, never heard of such a thing!) and just basically enjoyed coming to your beautiful pages for wisdom, calmness and a glimpse into a very dreamy life. I'm so happy to have met you on this forum, and wish you and your family continued blessings. I'll check back in to hopefully see you! Cheers!

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  116. patty from FloridaSeptember 13, 2018 11:00 am

    Dear Rhonda,
    I'm so thankful I found your blog a couple of years ago. You'll never know the difference you've made in my life with your kind and informative posts. I live in Florida on the other side of the world, but have always cherished you and your blog as wise friends. I ordered one of your penguin books from Book Depository. I loved it! And I've lent it out to many others who want to do with their own lives what you've succeeded in doing so well with yours. My prayers and best wishes are with both you and Hanno. I hope this next season of your life is as rich as the one you've shared with all of us so unselfishly the past 11 years. Live well and long, my friend!

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  117. Thank you Rhonda for all the years you have put into the blog, it is my favourite one to check each day. May the future bring you health and happiness. You will truly be missed.

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  118. Wishing you all the best in the future Rhonda! I've learnt a lot along the way, enjoyed your books and simplified my own life. Enjoy your garden! x Skye

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  119. Dear Rhonda, thank you for this blog. I have only recently stumbled across it and I am very thankful for it. Best Wishes to you and your dear family.

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  120. Sorry to see you go Rhonda, but understand the time commitment a blog must take. Thank you for all the advice and other things you have shared over the years - like many, I wish I had found you sooner. I have The Simple Home and will consult your blog as I need to. Best wishes to you and your family for future good health and happiness.

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  121. Thank you for sharing your lives and journey with us over the last years - it has been truly inspirational to read - and enjoyable too! Best wishes for you and your beautiful family

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  122. Rhonda,

    Thanks so much for all the down to earth advice and wisdom you have shared, via your blog, the DTE forums and in real life. I've benefited so much from your knowledge, and in turn so have my family and friends.

    Very best wishes to you and all your family,

    Sarah

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  123. Thank you so much for the time and effort you have put in to sharing all your wonderful ideas, recipes and thoughts on living a more sustainable, richer life. Ive never commented here, but, I always look forward to reading your posts over the 11 years. I would like to wish you all the best in your new chapter with lots of creativity, sunshine and happiness.

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  124. Thank you Rhonda and Hanno and family for letting me be apart of this wonderful site. I have learnt and taught from this site to myself and family. Wishing you all well and many many years of love and happines

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  125. I have been reading this for years, and I will miss you! Sending much good energy and loving thoughts as you move to a new phase of life. It is comforting to know that you will be doing what you have been doing for many years. May peace and joy be with you and your family. Dianna
    p.s. I do not have a website, so I put my work website in.

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  126. Is it silly to say I cried? Not in a selfish way, but thankful in so many ways that way back in 2008 (ish) I stumbled across some words you had written. I followed the breadcrumb trail and it led me to your blog and the later to the forums.
    I cried when we lost Rose, I cried in the forums final moments and I have cried today. You and many others have taught me to be true to myself, that I am not alone in this journey and that I can create a home that suits me and my family.
    I will be eternally thankful for that.
    Enjoy yourself, your time with Hanno, Shane, Sarndra, Alex, Eve, Kerry, Sunny and Jamie and the many others that enrich your life.
    All the best
    Cassandra xx

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  127. I will miss hearing about life Down Under! It has been a delight to read your blog over the years. You have done a wonderful job! Thank you for leaving the blog up for us to refer back to. I know I'll be here often. God bless you and yours! ~Beth, USA

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  128. You will be missed more than words can express.

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  129. Rhonda, I discovered your blog some 6 or 7 years ago and have read every post as they came out...most of the time it was the first email I read each day. Your blog came into my life at the right time, with the right information I needed at the time, and am forever grateful for it - my life was changed forever. I will miss you and your blog immensely, but do understand needing to let it go. I wish you well in your next season of your life. I do hope that you will check in occasionally to let us know how you and Hanno are traveling. Thank you for your generous spirit and all the work you have done to share your wisdom on your blog and also the board community you used to run. I have learned so much and my life has been made better by the deposit you have made into my life. Enjoy the next chapter!! -jackie m

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  130. Well Rhonda just wanted you to know, you are the inspiration and reasoning I started my own blog! All of my love to you and your future endevours.

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  131. Hello Dear Rhonda,
    I found your blog about 6 years ago shortly after I moved from Canada to Australia. You blog helped me adapt to life in Australia and I never felt like I was alone. So many mornings I eagerly read your posts and felt like I had someone watching out for me giving good advice. Since then we've had another child, moved states, bought a house, planted passion fruit, lemon trees, planned for our future...you've improved life for our family in so many ways. Thank you for your consistency, wisdom, kindness, and enthusiasm. Sending you and your beautiful family lots of love from Cairns. Krista

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  132. Rhonda it was you who introduced helped me to identify what it was that I was searching for in my life. Your blog helped me take baby steps towards a simpler and more sustainable lifestyle. I must thank you for sharing your experience and your wisdom along the way. I will miss you but understand that there is a time and a place for everything. I will revisit old posts every now and again. Thank you.

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  133. Thank you for all the years of dedication to your blog. you will be greatly missed. Wishing you lots of love, luck & laughter!

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  134. Dear Rhonda while I am saddened I fully understand. My life has changes so much for the better since reading here all most 6 years ago. You have made such a positive impact and that I am thankful for. I wish you and Hano and family all the best

    Warm wishes Sarah (Natural Mumma)

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  135. Thank you for sharing a slice of your life with us.

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  136. I will be sorry to see you go Rhonda but totally understand, thankyou for all that you have done for all of us & I hope your life continues to be good for you & Hanna, you are both amazing. CHEERS,
    Terrarossa

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  137. Greetings from Kenya,

    Sad to read that this will be the last post.....yet so glad to have e-met you. As you move on to a different chapter of your life, I pray that you will constantly be reminded of how wide, how long an how deep Christ's love is for you and may that knowledge draw you nearer to Him. Shalom.

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  138. Thank you for all the wise words over the years Rhonda. All the best to you and Hanno. The idea of simple living is alive and thriving thanks to people like you. Give Gracie a scratch behind the ear from me:)

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  139. Hi Rhonda,
    I've been reading your blog for years and years, but have only commented a few times.

    I just wanted to wish you all the best, you and your family. Thank you so much for sharing your lives with us, for validating the way so many of us live, and for sharing your wisdom.

    I'll go and check out your Instagram.

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  140. Rarely have I commented but I always read and re read your blog. Sometimes it’s for the recipes but other times it’s to help me find my path and centre again. You words will be missed xx

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  141. Dear Rhonda,

    I was just thinking of sending you a message today and then I saw this post. So weird. I came across your blog about 10 years ago when I googled labels. I was looking for preserving jar lables as I did a lot of bottling. And your blog came up. Id never seen a blog before and I was blessed and have been blessed with yours all these years. You have inspired , encouraged, taught and shared so much with us. I found a community of like minded people who shared the life Id always wanted and was living, but I thought I was different from people I knew. No one did what we did and do. I don't have a blog but I do follow a few.
    Thank you Rhonda and your lovely supportive Hanno for the years of wisdom and support and for sharing you life with us.. I wish you and your family all the very best and to you and Hanno good health, with lots of peace and love. I'll miss you and your daily writings. xxx Donna

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  142. oh rhonda , i'll miss you en your recepicies yes i write very bad Eng.but i'm from the Flanders in Belguim and speaking goes better for me in any language ...thank you for the good thinks you learned to me and i send you a big hugh from me and wishes for you an you're husbound a good health an nice time to getter lots a greetings Isabelle/Jezebelle

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  143. Hi Rhonda,

    I will miss you, dear friend. You have been an important part of my life for the last ten years and I shall cherish the beautiful glimpses you have given us all of your delightfully simple (but busy) home and the contentment that abounds there.

    I wish you and Hanno much happiness and good health for your later years.

    God bless.
    Lyn in Northern New South Wales.

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  144. Wishing you both all the best and many thanks for the enjoyment and useful info that you have given me and many others. x.

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  145. Rhonda all the very best, your posts have been a much anticipated part of my life for so long. Can appreciate you moving on from this regime but I will sure miss you xxxx Lucy in Christchurch

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  146. Hi Rhonda and Hanno,

    I bought your first book because I really liked the cover and the title. Loved it!! You signed The Simple Home for me and they are books that sit in my bookcase shelf that everyone can see.

    I have loved following your blog since and seeing your garden and home which looks wonderful.

    All the very best to you and your family xoxoxo

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  147. Dear Rhonda,
    How very sad I feel at the moment... quite choked up in fact...but oh how I understand... I have both your books and I have followed your blog since I moved to the country 7 years ago....
    I thank you from the bottom my heart for such an AMAZING Blog...if have lifted my spirits so many times..and when I was struggling living in the country...I would ALWAYS go to your page..( you are the ONLY blog I have followed ( besides travel ones)...
    you are a beautiful amazing lady ...as is your wonderful family..
    Thank you thank you Thank you.
    Wishing Hanno a speedy recovery... I wish you both good health always...and enjoy the next chapter of your life...
    much Love always

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  148. Dear Rhonda although this is sad news for a lot of people your decision is very understandable.
    I came across your blog when I was planning to make my bread as I did in the 70s and I have enjoyed reading it since
    Your way of looking at things is so practical and your advice has always been suggestions not "you must...", encouraging people to find their own way.
    Through you I have met like minded people not driven by the commercial must have mantra which has been very refreshing.
    Very best wishes to you and Hanno for your future
    Kay ❤️❤️❤️

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  149. Dear Rhonda! I have followed you for many years now. I felt straight away that I had met a kindred spirit, although one who was way far ahead on the path to contentment with the simple life. I had so much to learn in that area and you have shown the way so well.

    I bought your books when they were published, not for myself but for my family. So you reach down through generations Rhonda. How wonderful is that?
    Yes, I will miss your new blog entries but your link is at the top of my list and there it will stay. I know I will return time and time again.

    Thank you - and Hanno - for sharing your skills, your time and your family with us. From the bottom of my heart I wish you good health and happiness and a wonderful, contented retirement.

    Love Ramona/Uppsala, Sweden

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  150. not much to say as everyone else has said it; you will be missed that's for sure, your posts have been calming waters for many, finding self sufficiency within the home from reading your blog has been a big help for me since finding you.
    hope Hanno gets well soon & Gracie looking as gorgeous as ever
    thank you for the inspiration to get out there & do it.
    take care & enjoy the rest of your journeys with Hanno & the family (hope you will bless us with updates once in a blue moon)
    thanx for sharing

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  151. Rhonda, I can't thank you enough for the wit, wisdom, and inspiration you have provided through the years. Sending much love to you & Hanno from Gettysburg. Pennsylvania! Julie Pellegrino

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  152. Rhonda, I wish you all the best with your blog retirement, it is a shame for the rest of us but it is wonderful that you have made the decision so you can have more time to,do what you and Hanno want. Enjoy your family and life.

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  153. Dear Rhonda,

    It's a sad news for us, but I totally understand. I wish Hanno a full recovery and for you a good health. Before you close down the comments section, I'd like to thank you for what you have shared all those years. Thank you also for letting the blog still available to us!
    Enjoy every single moment you spend together!
    Again, thank you!

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  154. You have to know when it's time to walk away.
    You've done a sterling job over the last 11 years. Best of luck for the future!

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  155. Hi Rhonda,
    Like so many others I have loved what you have given us the confidence to do and value in our lives, and what your commenters have offered in discussion, but felt too shy or private to join in the conversation. Many thanks for putting yourself and your thoughts out there for us all. I especially appreciate your comments on the importance of being inclusive of LGBTI members of our community, it meant a lot to me to know that you were advocating for people I love very much in the very broad and diverse community of people who follow you and admire you and listen to your views.

    Many thanks and best wishes.

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  156. Dear Rhonda, I'm a little teary eyed and will miss your posts, but you now deserve to have your days to yourself and Hanno, and Gracie of course. You have been such a huge inspiration to so many people, as we found our tribe and discovered that we weren't such odd bods after all. You started a movement and you will be remembered for generations to come. Thank you for your kindness, generosity, humility and friendship. X

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  157. Thank you Rhonda for such a wonderful blog and your books which I consult very often. I'll miss your words. I wish the best for you and your family.

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  158. Dear Rhonda, Thank you for your help in bringing together my life and young family in the way I always wanted . You've guided and helped me along a path of simply living, though we have a full life with 3 children, work and property, You and your blog have helped guide me since my first born was 1 she is now 12. I make all my own cleaning products, creams, potions for us and the garden, we live chemical free and most of our meals are from scratch. Your guidance has helped focus my own thoughts that echo yours and so many of your followers. I have never commented before now but feel I need to share my thanks to you and wish you health, happiness and simplicity in all the future holds. Much love and gratefulness, Alice xx

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  159. i dont post often but please know you help me stay positive and grounded. Thank you for the years of posts and inspiration. You and Hanno take care & enjoy your time.
    ❤ Debbie
    central Illinois

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  160. Rhonda, thank you for your wonderful blog. I will miss it

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  161. Dear Rhonda, I felt a sinking feeling in my heart when I read this today and all afternoon I have been pondering what to say. I feel like I am losing a good friend. I first found you when I went along to a talk at the Brisbane Writer's Festival. You read a beautiful excerpt from your first book. After listening to that for the first time I started to really understand the type of life I wanted to live. So thank you. Thank you for giving me courage to start, for all the skills I have learnt and for fostering the belief that this was all possible. I will think of you often when I bake the whole orange cake, when I potter in my vegie garden, when I knit a dishcloth... and countless other tasks I do around our home, knowing you are probably doing those too! I will so miss your beautifully written posts and wise words. I will miss hearing about your daily life. What a wonderful gift you have left us all, this blog and your books which will continue to guide us. May you continue to enjoy your simple life. With the very best wishes to you, Hanno and your family. Belinda xx

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  162. Thank you for the phenomenal contribution you have made, Rhonda. So many homes, families and lifestyles have been, and will continue to be, positively influenced by your words of wisdom and encouragement. May the next chapter be just as fruitful for you and your family. Onwards and upwards!

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  163. Dearest Rhonda,

    I thought this day was coming soon.

    I am feeling the same way about my blog and have barely posted there this year. Every now and then I have find some inspiration and do a post, but life has taken a different direction for me.

    I still live the simple life and will be forever thankful to you dear Rhonda for all the beautiful helpful posts to help me along this journey. You have instilled in me a better way of living and I will continue this journey for the rest of my life.

    Many blessings to you, Hanno, Gracie and the rest of your family,

    Lots of love,
    Tania xxx

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  164. The best to you , Hanno and that sweet little Gracie. Brings tears to my eyes but totally understand. Enjoy and you will be missed. Beth Shaw Masontown, PA.

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  165. Hi Rhonda, when I read the title "dear friends" I thought of a goodbye right away...I'm going to miss your posts very much!! They always kept me "down to earth" and I need that now and then, I'm happy that you'll let your blog here to read and to look up inspiration!I also can understand you want to "retire" from this blog and I want to wish you, Hanno,Gracie and your (grand) children all the best and thank you for sharing your inspiring life with the world!! Love Angela

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  166. Hi Rhonda, as well as all the others before me, I will miss you and your posts. You have brought us a well of information and a meeting place. Thank you for you time and your commitment. Wishing you, Hanno, Gracie and all your family the best. Thank you again. Heike

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  167. Hi Rhonda, just to wish you the best for your future... I thank you for all the pleasure you've given me when I read your blog... You and Hanno have become welcome visitors in my world... like family... be well, good health to you both... and you will remain in my thoughts... take care. Willemina in New Jersey, US

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  168. I've been reading your blog since the very beginning, almost, and have all of your books. What a wonderful body of work you have given to all your readers. You've shared not only specific things to help with living a down to earth life, but also your philosophy of how and why to do it, and to make it ones own life. I cannot thank you enough! And I wish you a happy future living the life you love best.

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  169. Dear Rhonda
    I live in Portugal and i have been reading your blog for about 5 years and it changed my life really. I call you "my australian friend". Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart.
    All the best for you and your family

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  170. Thank you for all your posts over the years, they have been an inspiration to me. I'm sure I continue to read back over them in the future. You will be missed - wish for you and your family only the best.

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  171. Dear Rhonda,
    I love your blog and I always enjoyed the photos and the weekend reading. I moved from Australia to Canada almost 18 months ago. During that time you have been a lovely connection to home. I learnt so much from your books and your blog. I passed on what I learnt from you to my son. I was encouraged to make my own soap and bread because of you. Two things that I never thought I would ever do, let alone now do regularly. Thanks for sharing your life and family with the world. I hope you do check back in and tell the world how you are doing.

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    1. Hello Krystina, I moved from Canada to Australia too. This blog helped me settle through the hardest periods of adjustment and homesickness. Good luck to you! Krista

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  172. Dear Rhonda, I do hope you and Hanno are feeling much better. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and wisdom over the last 11 years. I found your blog about 8 years ago and it was inspirational. It spoke to a change I was trying to find a way to carry out and the information and straight talking on your blog was invaluable. As the years have gone on I've returned again and again to the core messages of your blog and book as grounding truths which work for me. I know you've been an inspiration for many people and thankfully your blog will be archived and will stand as a core resource for future generations. Thank you again dear friend and good luck, health and happiness to you and all your family in the future. You will be missed. xxx

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  173. Rhonda,

    Thank you for all the years you have blogged. I haven't had my Grandmothers for many years so I sort of thought of you as a Grandmother. You have given me lots of peace that it was okay to be different. I have always enjoyed being home knitting, baking, even keeping my house clean and tidy. I have bought your book and I love it! Know I will miss you!!

    ~~Renee

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  174. Rhonda, thank you soooo much!
    This blog is for sure a source of inspiration, and has the best no-nonsense advices I've heard.
    It's like hearing advices from our aunts and grannies and all the people that love us dearly.
    I hope your lives remains meaningful and full of joy.
    We will miss you.
    Big hug,
    Lia

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  175. Thank you for all your have done to teach us and encourage us over the years. I will miss your posts but do understand. I wish you well as you travel the years ahead.

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  176. You did a wonderful job and I shall miss you but I get that you are done with this form of media. Wish you all the best in years ahead. Gracie will also be missed.

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  177. Dear Rhonda. What a profound impact you have had on many Australian (and international!!) households. Your sage advice every week has been a great source of inspiration to me. My husband and I semi retire next year and fully retire at the end of 2020 to enjoy the quiet life at age 47 and 55. I will read all of your blog back catalogues (again!) and hope the blog remains a source of information for years to come. Enjoy your retirement from the blog and go well.

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  178. Rhonda,

    I wrote you an email a little over 18 months ago telling you what a difference you've made in my life. I won't repost it as it's a bit of a novel, but I do want you to know that your blog was one of my first exposures to simple living and guided my first steps on my journey in that direction. In large part thanks to your advice and encouragement, I experience abundance every day—a HUGE and very welcome change from where I was at when I discovered your blog around five years ago.

    I really can't thank you enough for everything you've done. You will be missed, and I wish all the best for you and yours as you continue on with your down to earth simple life.

    Take care,
    Sarah

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  179. Thank you for all your resources and posts over the years as I have been reading your blog for over 9 years and have met you at a local library event. Now is the time to enjoy your family, you husband, your grandkids and life in general. So thankful your blog will remain up as a reference guide. All the best and thank you for all your hard work. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane

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  180. Hello Rhonda, my words echo most of what others have written here. I knew you wouldn't continue forever, but somewhere in my heart I want you to be immortal! I've been reading your blog for 10 years and honestly, you have transformed my life. You have allowed me to say loud and proud that homemaking is a treasured art. Like many others, Friday mornings have been a regular check of your blog to see the Weekend reading - I too shall miss that.
    Thank you for what you have done for our society.
    With love, Gillian

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  181. Hi Rhonda. I have loved your blog, and along with Simple Savings , they are my favourite sites to go to. I have followed your blog for maybe the whole of the 11 years you have written it. I have truly appreciated your sharing your life and your experiences. I have made your soap ( it was beautiful) cooked many of your recipes (yum) , tried out many of your tips and printed out heaps of your pages over the years. You have truly made a difference to my life. I have so loved the gentleness and homeliness of your blog. It has been life giving and life affirming for me.
    Blessings to you Rhonda and Hanno and Gracie and your boys and their families. I will miss you but cherish knowing I can always come back and reread and visit your blog.
    All my love, Juanita.

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  182. Sorry, in one way, that your blog will finish but pleased that you will get to enjoy your time with Hanno and your family. I have all of your books and refer to them but I also jump into topics on the blog when I am looking for something specific. Have a wonderful time in retirement. Regards from KOR and MOR. Xx

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  183. Hope Gracie also enjoys having you to herself

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  184. Have a beautiful contented time sweetheart.

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  185. Thanks for your generous input into the wellbeing of humanity over the years Rhonda... I have benefitted greatly from your sharing... We met when I was coordinating the LETS market and came to see you about holding the market days at the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre (we're now living in New Zealand)... I still use your soap recipe from way back then... and your laundry gel ... I can't remember the last time I bought clothes washing detergent regularly... probably 7 or 8 years ago. You contributed to me being able to let go into a more peaceful way of living... I have PTSD (but had not been diagnosed and was flogging myself trying to live in a way that was killing me) and your input through your blog (which I lost touch with for a while) and book has brought me a quiet peace as I try to make my way in a manic world. Thank you, thank you... all the very best wishes for yours and your families health and wellbeing.

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  186. Dear Rhonda~Thank you so very much for being the mentor we've needed to spur us on to find what really makes us live our Best Lives where we are. Your daily/weekly wisdom will be missed, so I'm glad to know the blog will remain. Love to you and your sweet family.
    xoxo~Carolyne

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  187. Rhonda, I am so sad to hear that you won't be continuing with your beautiful blog; but as they say, to everything there is a season. I am a 21 year old from country South Australia and am a born homemaker and homesteader in a world where that is not recognised as a worthwhile pursuit. I haven't commented much but I have been here now for about four years, reading your posts, gleaning information and inspiration, and appreciating all of your gorgeous photos. Your blog and your books have been such a blessing to me; it is like having a warm, encouraging friend always available with a kind word, affirmation, or a gentle kick to keep going. So from the bottom of my heart, thankyou for sharing your home and your life with us and I wish you all the health, happiness and contentment in the world xoxo

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  188. Thank you for making my world better all these years, you will be missed, blessings.

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  189. I will miss your posts, from weekend reading to updates on your home projects and family to recipes and advice on how to craft more simple lives for ourselves. I hope you and Hanno fell better soon. And lastly, thank you for all your posts, your books, and the inspiration you have been over the years. I've been reading for ages, and you've helped me on our journey through life. I think of you every time I knit a washcloth, as your waffle-weave pattern has become a family favorite. Best wishes, and thank you again for everything.

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  190. Thank you Rhonda. Your first book was one of the first I read about living simply and inspired me greatly. It was the breath of fresh air I needed- to know that it was okay to let stuff go and not shop as a hobby. It was only after reading your book that I discovered you had a blog so I'm a late follower, but appreciative just the same. I was thrilled when 'Down to Earth' was released. It's one of the few books I've purchased in the past few years. With that, I wish you and Hanno many blessings and the making of happy memories with loved ones. You've been a positive influence in the lives of more than you'll ever know.

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  191. Rhonda, I read this post a couple of times yesterday and came back tonight to read it again, and it still feels like it will be awhile before it sinks in. You've left a beautiful legacy here for current followers and for all the new readers that will find you in the future. Maybe those future readers will include your grandchildren and beyond. What an opportunity for them to learn about their family history and much more. Rhonda, I think the one word I would pick to describe you is generous: with your time, in sharing your knowledge and in giving encouragement. How lucky we have been to get to know you in this space, and to meet Hanno, who is surely a prince among husbands, and beautiful Gracie, who is always there to remind us of the importance of taking time to relax on the back porch. I miss you already. Love, Beth in MN

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  192. Dear Rhonda,
    I’m so sorry to hear you and Hanno haven’t been well and I do hope you are both well on the road to full recovery. I too will greatly miss your posts but am reassured to know that your blog will still be here for my frequent visits for inspiration. I thank you sincerely for all the hours you have put into your blog and books from which I, like so many, have gained so much and I wish you and Hanno all the very best in your well-earned retirement.
    xox Leonie

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  193. Thanks for being my internet friend and for sharing your life and thoughts. Keep well.

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  194. Thank-you for sharing your wisdom my friend. Take good care of each other. With love. Jo

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  195. Sending love and warm hugs as you make this change. Thanks for the wisdom, motivation and humour. Blessings to you all in your special part of the world!

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  196. Dear Rhonda, Thank you so very much for the legacy that you have created here. Your blog has been a constant in my life for so many years that I will miss your insights into this beautiful way of creating a simple life. I'm glad you are keeping it up and running so people will be able to refer back when they need a little extra inspiration. All the best to you and your lovely family, Bettie

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  197. You are amazing! My world has changed so much in the last 10 years. Last year I took the big step and left my "grown up" job. I was earning a good pay but my life was being drained. With the support from my husband we are shown to just his pay. I would never have been able to do this without your amazing words of wisdom, thank you. Keep enjoying life and have fun or as I always say "giggle lots".

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  198. Rhonda, I am heartbroken that you are leaving the blog, I found you 9 years ago and have checked in everyday to see new pieces of wisdom from you. Thank you for all the hours you have put in to this. Its always a joy to see your garden, house, Gracie and watching Jamie grow up from a baby. Please stop in once and a while, let us know how you and Hanno are doing. Blessings to both of you.

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