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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!

Happy days are here again.

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A scene between Villiersdorp and Grabouw in the Western Cape.

A new week has begun.

And I am a happy camper at the moment! 🙂 My significant other arrived Friday evening around 8 pm., and we’ve had a busy weekend of looking for and buying some of the fittings needed for the reno of the guesthouse, as well as exploring and visiting a ‘new’ town (this time one of the oldest towns in the country, Tulbagh, ca. 1699) one of our favourite pastimes. We also managed to fit in a quick visit to my son. The weekend flew by!

Having lunch with Daisy at Hussar Grill in Paarl.

The builders have arrived, and they are just about to start doing some of the walls that need to go up to change the one guest cottage into two separate units. Happy days! I am at once very excited and very nervous. I’m quite sure it’s the right thing to do, so I’m hoping that we manage to do everything in the time I’ve allowed for it, and that we don’t have too many hitches in the completion of the task. And most of all, I’m hoping that everything looks professional and beautiful when we’re done – I don’t want anything to look scruffy and rushed.

I’ve once again realized that life is so much more fun if you don’t have to do it on your own. Sharing the everyday things with someone just makes things so much more manageable and less daunting.

There is a definite change in the air – autumn is well and truly here! I love having to cover up, especially at night. Being too hot to sleep has never been my favourite thing, so snuggling in under the duvet is a treat and a half!

Vine leaves turning red on my son’s veranda.

Good luck for the week ahead, I hope it meets your expectations! 🙂

Easing into winter…

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A ‘few’ pumpkins at the Pumpkin Farm Stall.

I’m back with the topic of autumn.

It is an ending and a beginning at the same time. The end of summer, and intense heat. The end of growth – in nature, that is. The end of having to swim or take cold showers three times a day to cool off. The end off lying awake at night, too hot to breathe.

The beginning of the slow glide into winter. The beginning of starting to wear cardigans, and long sleeve T’s. The beginning of taking an early bath and putting on PJ’s to spend the rest of the evening cozy on the couch. The beginning of a different menu – more stews, soups and other comfort food. The beginning of nature’s regeneration through winter.

No wonder it is so many people’s favourite season…

"No spring nor summer's beauty
hath such grace,
As I have seen in one autumnal face... " 
~ John Donne

AUTUMN.

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“And the sun took a step back, the leaves lulled themselves to sleep, and Autumn was awakened.” ~ Raquel Franco

I found this beautiful line on an Instagram friend’s post a few days ago, and it spoke to my heart. I subsequently discovered Raquel Franco’s writing and I love it. Mostly short and sweet, and very descriptive.

I said before that I love autumn. It is the slow turning of the leaves (it happens very slowly in South Africa), the gradual drop in temperatures, the shortening of the days that makes me so happy.

It is not a spectacular season here as in, say, Canada, but sometimes in some areas, it can be very beautiful…

I am planning to enjoy every moment of this changing of the seasons, and to get my home ready for the colder weather to come.

The leaves in the vineyards are starting to turn, and just sometimes, they turn a gorgeous red, which makes beautiful pictures. I will wait for that to happen…