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Sundown(er).

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Of course I had to take a picture…

Of a different kind.

A motorbike ride at sundown/sunset.

Yes, that’s the way to go!!

It has been hot lately – very hot, just in case you missed my previous post. The one very fortunate thing, is that in the evenings it cools down to livable temperatures – so far it has anyway, it might still change. But this post is not about heat. ( I heard that sigh of relief! )

Yesterday afternoon/evening, we went for a ride on the GS (BMW GS, a ‘touring’ bike, for those of you who don’t know) Not very far – to McGregor, a nearby town and back. We did that because my SO did it the evening before, and he wanted to show me the beauty out there when the sun goes down.

The light that changes, the last rays hitting the mountains and vineyards, the quiet that comes with the sun setting. It was truly magic. I loved every single moment of it.

I wonder if he (my SO) realizes that he has now started something that will have to continue, because I loved it so much? It doesn’t have to happen every day, but it will have to happen often.

There really is nothing that compares to sitting on the back of a motorbike, cruising along, and experiencing your surroundings first hand, not through a closed car window with the aircon on. Especially late in the day, when it has started cooling down. Like I said – magic.

This song kept popping into my head as we cruised along…

So, imagine if you can, sitting on a bike, cruising along, the cool air against your skin, the light fading, and this ↑ song playing – like in a movie, you know? 😉

Happy weekend to you all!!!

Hot! Oh, so hot…

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Sorry, this is not a sexy post.

But it is about being hot. In the literal sense, anyway…

Up to about a week or two ago, our summer has been wonderfully mild and enjoyable. Now, suddenly, all hell has broken loose! The temps went overnight!

Temps for the coming 2 weeks.

See? And we had two days in the past week of 40°C temps!!! To me, that is not a temperature that humans can live in. Lizards maybe. Or snakes. But definitely not human beings.

How to keep cool? And keep your cool? I find it very hard to cope, and I get extremely grumpy and lethargic. Useless. We do not have an aircon, but we do have a very old house with thick walls, so it is generally quite a bit cooler inside than out. So, of course, I try and stay inside as much as possible.

I take cold showers before going to bed. Or at least cool showers – juuuuuuuust enough warm water to take the worst of the sting out of the cold water. And that helps to feel more comfortable when going to bed.

I also have a fan. Not the kind that asks to have your picture taken with them, but the boring, ordinary kind that stirs the hot air to try and cool you down. It is constantly on whenever I’m in the lounge, trying to come to terms with the fact that it is summer, and that summer goes with high temps in this area.

The fact that I enjoy cooking and baking is forgotten as temperatures soar. I don’t even want to think about eating food, much less cook it! If I have to plan anything for dinner right now (it is 4 pm here, so getting closer to the time to make a decision), something like tuna salad comes to mind.

One good thing about being this hot, is that I do drink a lot more water. I do often flavour it with Oros, to be honest, but still, a lot more fluids than normal. (Oros is an orange flavoured squash (drink) mixed with water.) Not much else positive that I can think of…

So, I am now living for the end of February, when it should at last start cooling down for winter. I can not wait!!!

SO…

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Hermanus – taken on 1 January 2022, while on our trip with the motorbike.

Soooo…2022…

I have no idea what to say about it.

I cannot be happy the previous year is done and dusted, because what if this one is worse? (Remember end of 2020?) I cannot be sad that another year has gone by, because by most standards it wasn’t such a prize of a year. My only point of joy and light was the fact that I could quickly dash over half the world to see my family in Canada for the first time in two and a half years. And the fact that I saw my son, the one in Ireland, twice last year, which will probably not happen again this year. And I got to spend Christmas with both my boys (and their wife and girlfriend respectively), which hasn’t happened in years.

Wait…maybe 2021 wasn’t so bad after all! But, in all honesty, it was also extremely shitty (I’m sorry for those who are offended by me using this word, but it is what it is…) Not one single country on this earth, was consistent as far as their rules and regulations went concerning the pesky Covid virus. Not ONE. They all had the most ridiculous rules in place which made no sense at all to anybody. Did it make sense to them? It obviously did, which is very, very scary – those people make our laws and rule our countries!!!

I’m still wondering if there is something more sinister behind all of this, since nothing is making any sense. I’m vaccinated because I needed to be to fly anywhere. But I’m still not convinced this is on the up and up…

But back to 2022.

My SO and I did not have the best end of year, or start of the new one. I started feeling sick 28th Dec – scratchy throat. Which steadily got worse until on the 30th and 31st, I was mainly lying on the couch feeling sorry for myself. Nothing extreme. The scratchy throat developed into sinus infection, and I was feeling tired all the time. Oh – and headachy. By the 1st, I was feeling well enough to go for a motorbike ride with my SO, and by the 2nd he was feeling grotty. Yesterday and today was his turn on the couch. Probably Omicron, which is thankfully a MUCH MILDER form of the Covid virus, all over the world. I read that as much as half the people who think they have a cold, probably have the Omicron virus.

So I am very sceptical to get excited about the start of this new year. I am absolutely not positive that we have anything to be excited about. Yet.

Unless the world’s governments get together and decide that enough is enough, we should start living our normal lives again, that that is the only way forward. Then, and only then, can we get excited again.

I am excited about my second little grandchild who is on his way – I hope and I pray that by the time he is due to arrive, things have mostly sorted themselves out in this chaotic world.

I’m not huge on sending everybody I have ever met (and not met ) wishes for New Year, but I can make an exception – I hope you all have a wonderful, healthy and safe 2022!!!!