My name is Marisa and I am a 42 year old farm wife from South Africa. I moved to our farm, Vastrap, near a small town called Ladybrand when I married my love on 27 November 2010. As a city girl from Johannesburg I never dreamt that I would one day marry a farmer. Needless to say, the twists and turns of life led me to a blind date with a friend of a friend who happened to be a farmer… having enjoyed and been exhausted by city life for 10 years I agreed to the date and opened myself up to the adventure that was to follow…
Four months after meeting we were engaged and married within seven. I moved to the farm after our wedding leaving my family and close friends back in the city. Not only did I become a farm wife, but also step-mother to Quentin’s 10 year old daughter Ashley Naledi. She loves visiting us on the farm in her half terms and school holidays. Our baby girl Livia Lerato was born in December 2013 and our son, Myles Thabang in 21 months later in September 2015.
When I first moved to the farm I was fortunate to be able to continue working remotely as an economist analysing the South African and international economies, but I gradually phased this out as I became more involved in our cattle business. In July 2013, I officially left my job in the city and started to work in our farming business as manager of marketing, IT and entertainment! My work always entailed a lot of international travel, which has given me a great appreciation for home. We have kept a base in the city, which allows us to enjoy the best of both worlds and to keep up with friends and family on a regular basis. Between our trips to Joburg, trips to cattle auctions and our holidays it is sometimes hard to keep up with our schedules… life on the farm is supposed to be quiet, but I promise it is not! I love cooking and hosting friends and clients in our home.
Our family includes three dogs (Patch, Coco and Duma) and two cats (Shadow & Skye). They are absolute characters and are our constant companions on the farm, usually running behind the bakkie or exploring the veld on walks.
The farm is a mix of crop farming (wheat, maize and sunflower), sheep and cattle (Angus and Boran). Quentin’s first love is cattle and in 2010 he took the big step of becoming a stud breeder of Boran cattle, a breed that originates from Kenya (see Vastrap Boran and The Boran: God’s Gift to Cattlemen). Stud breeding has opened up a whole new world to us of which you will hear a lot more. I am slowly getting more clued up about farming, as I listen and observe.I am loving the experience of making a home and building a family in a place I never in a million years dreamt I would be!