About Riëtte & Jeremy Bryant
After our wedding in 1993 we lived in Melkbosstrand in Cape Town, a seaside village at the time, and both led corporate lives. After the boys were born, Riëtte worked from home. Jeremy soon realised he had no quality time with the family as he was chasing the next corporate goal.
At about the same time an insurance broker came to visit. By the time he left we were under-insured, needed burglar bars, armed response and inventory lists. It sounded to us as if we were becoming prisoners to our possessions. Some of our heirloom pieces are irreplaceable, not because of their transactional value (even though insurance wants to add it to their income.) No money can replace them because their value is in the rich memories each item has. This is not where we wanted to be.
We took time out to assess what we could get from life and give back that would help us and our community grow. Here is our list: Memories, travel, studies, skills, joy, love, freedom, no fences, no busy roads, cycling, swimming and sharing what we have.
Joining a cement factory was our first move into the country. Jeremy gave up all the corporate trimmings and went back to being a technician on a plant. Company hours and limited standby, gave us the time to enjoy family life and explore the surrounding country. The company house and other benefits enabled us to save for a small farm as that was our dream.
We reached our goal in 2001 when we purchased Kruistementvlei. Our new adventure was beginning. And here we are today, having called off corporate life completely and still enjoying our journey; living as close to nature as possible and happy to share it with others.