What a winter!

Winter is winter, I know, and why anything surprises me is a good question! But this year the seasons have been extremely peculiar. Unlike South Africa’s weather, sunny, warm, clear blue skies, even in winter. No. More like the rest of the world’s weather!

 

25th July 2016
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After the hectic heat waves we had this past summer, winter has brought in absolutely freezing temperatures and stuff like snow!, hail, floods and tornadoes! Tornadoes? In South Africa?! Well, there you have it. We actually had a few tornadoes.

As the hail started, I thought of running out and moving some of my succulents under cover, but it was already too fierce. 25th July 2016
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And rain, In the middle of winter. Not Gauteng weather at all, we are a summer rainfall area. And hail, LOTS of hail, big hail! When it started, my mind was racing. What can I save? My plants are going to be annihilated! What about my garden birds?!
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I watched helplessly as the storm got worse and worse, pounding the trees, the plants and wreaking havoc. Luckily my chooks were already in their coop as I had suspected some foul play earlier in the morning and had left them inside.

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The hailstorm lasted for about 20 minutes, followed by heavy rain the rest of the day and night. And it took my gardener a full day to clear all the leaves, broken branches and rubble. Mr. Brown, a stray rooster, was in the aviary at the back of the pic, hiding in the shelter provided and the sound of the hail on the tin roof must have been deafening, it certainly was in my house, we couldn’t even hear one another talking.

My experience is that, if we have late-winter rain, then probably we are in for a good rainfall season, so that’s one positive to look forward to!

An unusual sight – Aloes blooming in the snow!

Bloedrooi die aalwyn in winter

Behalwe lente, somer en herfs, is winter een van my gunsteling seisoene! Smaail! Dis die tyd wanneer die bloedrooi aalwyne tuin en landskap versier, wanneer die hemelruim op sy blouste is en die lug kraakvars in jou asem kom sit. Dis ‘n tyd wanneer voëltjies lekker in die oggend sonnetjie bak in die blaarlose takke van die Karee, ‘n tyd wanneer mens heerlik in die son kan sit en skets en koffie drink.

Winter is ‘n tyd van lekker met vriende kuier voor a warm vuurtjie, deur foto-albums blaai en mooi herinneringe oproep. Iets het verlore gegaan in hierdie digitale era wat ons nou beleef. Al my foto’s van die afgelope 10 jaar is op my rekenaar gestoor. Dis nie dieselfde om deur foto’s te blaai op die laptop voor die vuurtjie nie.

Winter is ook tyd vir bietjie stil wees. Selfs die natuur raak stiller, rus bietjie en maak gereed vir die lente wat voorlê. In winter raak ek ook stiller. Neem ‘stock’ van wat gedoen moet word in die tuin oor ‘n maand of so of sit sommer net en lees ‘n boek, snoesig toegedraai in ‘n warm kombers met ‘n heerlike warm sjokolade-drankie byderhand.

En om nie eers te praat van die wonderlike klere vir winter nie! ‘n Mooi warm trui, ‘n pragtige jas, ‘n snoesige serp om die nek en heerlike warm stewels, wie kan vir meer vra?!

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