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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!!!

About Spring and other things.

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Flowers and Spring go together like peanut butter and jam.

Aaaaand here I am again!

For now. 🙂

Since I did a post last, I’ve done all the normal life things – taken Daisy for regular walks, had significant birthday, spent time with my SO, my mom, my eldest son and my daughter-in-law, baked rusks, knitted a cocoon and a couple of newborn beanies for a special baby, had a fabulous bike ride with my SO, missed my kids overseas, and so on and so forth.

My SO has been down from the north for a couple of weeks so he could be here for my birthday. (Yay! ) He brought my mom with, and she is spending a month or so down here in the Western Cape with me.

My youngest is coming over from Ireland this coming weekend (Yay!) and we’ll be spending time together next week (my two boys with their SO’s, my mom and myself.) I am beyond excited, as it is a year, nearly to the day, that he left for greener pastures. It is going to be a good week. 😀

It seems that the world is *very slowly returning to a semblance of normality* (whispered). I am sooooooo hoping that that is the case – I’m over all the restrictions and do’s (a few) and don’ts (a lot). I will be ecstatic the day I can buy a plane ticket to fly somewhere – preferably Canada or Ireland.

Spring is also very slowly making her presence known – she peeks out, and then ducks back into her winter hiding place again, and then she braves it outside her den, and ducks back inside again. But soon, very soon, she’ll stay outside and it will be Winter who will have to go into hiding.

I know that I’ve said over and over that winter is my favourite season, and it really is – I’m sad to see it go, but there is something about early Spring days that does make a person feel happy and energized. And the budding of trees and flowers is something special – no argument there.

The one Spring thing ( 😂 ) I’m looking forward to, is planting some tomatoes again. I loved the huge amount of tomatoes I could pick last year, so I am ready to get planting again. I will also plant a few other veggies – not sure what yet. I was disappointed with the radishes, so I’ll give those a skip. Spinach is always a success, although I’m not so crazy about it that I want loads of it in my garden. I’ll have to think about it…

Hope you are all still going strong and have escaped the virus’ clutches!

For the birds.

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I recently made a bird feeder.

Or rather, to be truthful, WE made a new bird feeder. I bought the things needed, and I was going to make it. Seriously. I discussed the ‘mechanics’ of it with my SO, and he thought it might not work. I said, of course, it HAS to work, I got the idea from Pinterest! Next thing I know, it was done! 😀

I think the birds love their new feeder, what do you think?

Rain.

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After the rain.

We had our first good showers of the season. (Before, we’ve had a few light precipitations – if there is such a word – I wouldn’t really call it rain.)

The night of the 5th, the Western Cape had RAIN. We measured 50mm, a farmer about 25km from us had 100mm, and he reckons there were places in the Overberg that had 250mm!!! Besides everything being properly soaked, there were some damage to roads as well. I’m not going to talk too much, rather show you some pics – we drove around to see the changes and the rivers coming down, as well as checking on some of the damage that was caused by the water.

Have a happy Friday, and a good and safe weekend! 🙂

River flowing strongly and much wider than normal after the rain.
Another scene after the rain.
Reeds washed up on the banks of the river (normally just a stream.)
Oops! Road damage.

The Monday after the week before.

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Fishing boats in the harbour.

We had a good weekend.

Although we still worked on the guesthouse on Saturday, we most certainly did not over exert ourselves. It is close to being done now, and I hope to list the unit today so we can start welcoming guests. 🙂

Sunday was another stunner of a day. The weekend was supposed to be as hot as Hades, and it did get close! Yesterday was a scorcher! But we drove down to the seaside and spent a wonderful few hours exploring, walking, eating, talking, and of course, driving. We drove down to Struisbaai again – about 150 km’s from home. A perfect distance to get out for the day!

A very special experience for me, was ‘meeting’ the stingrays that frequent the harbour in Struisbaai – they are well known by the locals, as they come into the harbour regularly to say ‘hi’. We were on the little jetty eating our ice creams, when suddenly the shadow appeared in the water! We watched it for a while, and suddenly there were two, and then three! They peacefully glided through the water around and under the jetty for quite some time. It was magic.

The long walk on the beautiful beach once again did its magic for me. I always come away feeling grounded and relaxed after we’ve been there. It was hot, yes, but next to the sea with the waves breaking on the beach, the clear sky, and Daisy cavorting in the water, it was a feel good day.

And today? Well, today started off with rain! Yay!!! Hopefully the start of a very good rainy season. It is predicted to be cold and wet today, so a day made for me!! I will finish painting the table that has to go into the guesthouse so I can list it, and then I am going to spend some time knitting or crocheting, something I haven’t done for a while.

Enjoy your day, if I have anything to do with it, I am certainly going to enjoy mine! 😀