A Winter’s Tale

Egyptian Geese on Rooftop

Haiku 216

Winter’s not quite done

Freezing rains and gale force winds

A sting in the tail!

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What are you two Egyptian Geese gossiping about? The cold snap? Yes, it hit out of the blue and the temperatures plummeted. But you’re alright. Feathers are incredibly warm!

There’s been snow on Table Mountain and temperatures of 2 degrees Centigrade recorded. Brrr Even the local resident Dassies on the mountain were rather confused by it all. – See here in a Local news clip.

Our coldest and wettest winter month here in Cape Town used to be July. Now it seems to be August. Still, at least it means that all the cold rain is filling up my swimming pool – and the dams, which now stand at 88.7%.

This is enough to last us through all those dry summer months to come.

I don’t mind the cold and the rain; it won’t last. Already the sun is hot when I go outside, even though the air is freezing! Such a conundrum here in South Africa. A cold country with a hot sun!

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post script: For those of you who are interested, the variegated plant with purple flowers that I posted on Friday is actually a Periwinkle, Vinca major ‘Variegata’. Scooj got it and many others had good guesses.

 

37 thoughts on “A Winter’s Tale

  1. bejamin4

    Stay warm. Reminded me of the play “The Winter’s Tale” by Shakespeare; might have to read that one soon again now. Connections are interesting sometimes. Good post!

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  2. scooj

    Lovely haiku. Interesting link to the weather on Table Mountain. August here has been mad. First week heatwave then a series of storms and rain for much of the rest of the month. September has been a lovely month for the last few years… fingers crossed.

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    1. long4h2o

      Didn’t realize Capetown was surrounded by mountains and sea. Seems like a lovely town other than the cold water. California water are way too cold for me.

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      1. scifihammy Post author

        I’m glad you saw a clip on CT. Yes, it is beautiful – sea, mountains, forests, vineyards. πŸ˜€
        People do swim in summer, but mostly they surf, wearing wet-suits. πŸ™‚

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      1. scifihammy Post author

        Oh the cacophony! They were honking away on the rooftops when I was hanging the washing out yesterday! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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      2. scifihammy Post author

        Oh that’s absolutely fine! I am more than happy that the geese prefer the neighbour’s taller roof! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      I know! The chest marking is so odd! πŸ˜€
      They don’t come in the garden much, but can be seen around the neighbourhood and certainly Heard!! πŸ˜€

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