Through the Looking Glass

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This is an untouched photo. So what is it, if I haven’t been playing around post production?

Well, it’s a very rare phenomenon. Something we don’t see that often here in Cape Town. Something we thought we might never see again!


Specifically, it’s a close up of my window with rain running down the outside of the pane and the poinsettia in the garden in the background.

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Here is a view of the syringa tree.

Of course, you would have guessed sooner if, instead of a nod to Lewis Carroll and Alice, I had gone with my alternative title: Looking Through the Glass!

Yes, we got good rains on Wednesday; one centimetre. Heavy enough to soak the garden and even raise the level of my pool a little.


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Above is Window Pane Art!

Little Monkey didn’t know quite what to make of it. She kept wanting to go outside, as she normally does all day long, but stopped two steps out on the stoep, hanging her head and blinking her little eyes as the heavy rain drops spattered down on her. She turned round and came straight back in again!

More rain is forecast for next week. I wait with anticipation to see if any of this will finally raise the level of the dams. The total amount today stands at 20.6%. 

I have never watched the weather so much my whole life as I do now. Several times a day I check the Norwegian weather site’s ten day forecast, in the hope that rain for Cape Town has miraculously appeared there.

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Many of you in the North may think the above photo is such a dreary outlook; I’m sure you are all heartily sick of your cold, wet or snowy winter. For me, it was a sight for sore eyes. I couldn’t stop looking outside, or standing at the open door and enjoying the freshness.

I’m also happy to report that it rained without my having to resort to doing a Rain Dance in a grass skirt, as suggested by one of my fellow bloggers. (Thank you Mitza!) Though I think another blogger may have Rain Danced on my behalf. (Probably not in a grass skirt!) (Thank you Scooj.)



Here’s an extra little bit of information for you. We had fires raging in Cape Town a few days ago. The first I knew was the acrid smoke I could smell right here in my house. (Quick check to see there was nothing burning in the house!) It made my eyes sting and water, and stuck in the back of my throat making me cough. Being asthmatic, I may overreact to any air pollution, but still, it was bad. Looking outside, you could see that distinct yellow tinge to what looked like clouds, but was actually smoke.

One of the fires started at Skeleton Gorge above Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. At first it was thought that it was arson. Sadly a lot of fires are started this way.

However, further investigation revealed that this particular fire had natural causes; a massive rock fall. Apparently some large boulders had come loose and crashed down the mountainside, causing sparks as they hit other rocks. This was enough to ignite the bone-dry grasses and veld. Fire!

The firefighters are amazing and quickly extinguished that fire, only to have it flare up again and again over the next few days as it spread to other areas.

So the good rains on Wednesday were very welcome. Hopefully they have put out the fires for good now.

We live miles away from those fires and it was bad enough here; I can only imagine how horrible it was for the people living right there and the poor firefighters themselves.

I am surprised we have not had more fires, with our hot temperatures and the vegetation so dry from the drought. Hopefully we will get even more rain now as we head into winter and our rainy season.

But if any of you wish to perform a Rain Dance on our behalf, please feel free!



30 thoughts on “Through the Looking Glass

  1. A Curious Introvert

    Lovely window pane art and how wonderful it rained and that more is on its way! I had no idea fires could start in that manner and thankfully the rain could help with the fires and it was kept under control. I wonder if LM saw Sparky running through the rain, if the reaction to the rain would be different.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you 🙂 Yes – can’t wait for more rain. 🙂
      You’re right, LM probably would forget all about the raindrops if she spotted Sparky in the garden! 🙂

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      We don’t normally get everything at once – the natural wild fires are usually in February as it is hot and dry. Some plants, such as Proteas, need these fires to be able to germinate.
      And Thank You for keeping dancing – we should get more rain on Monday. 🙂

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  2. pensitivity101

    It will be interesting to see how long it takes before they declare a hose pipe ban should this warm weather continue here. Luckily for us we could still use ours as disabled residents are not included. This is obviously good news for the beans!

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      It seems laughable that UK could run out of water, considering how bad it is here, but I guess you have more people dependent on the water supply! It’s just that you get so much more rain than we do.

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  3. quiall

    I am so pleased you got a little relief with the rain! People who have never experienced a prolonged drought can never fully appreciate the hardship. Like me. My heart goes out to you. (and I’ll do a little rain dance to send our excesses to you! Snow anyone?)

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