Drownded!

Viola in pot

Haiku 245

Hang in there my dear!

Had too much of a good thing?

I’ll save you *now now!

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It’s not unusual to have rain at this time of the year here in Cape Town. It is winter and the rainy season (such as that is) after all.

But instead of a few days here and there with a little light rain, we have been having nothing for weeks on end – and then a deluge!

In March, it was totally dry until we got all the average rainfall for the month, in one day! This pattern has continued.

Fortunately, we don’t get floods in my area, though many places in CT do.

Still, as you can see from this little pot, the other day it got more rain than it could cope with, and the Viola was gasping for air!

The pot doesn’t have a drainage hole at the bottom, so I had put stones in and then planted the viola in an old plastic pot that does drain, and placed that on top. Mostly the system works very well.

But hey – Deluge!

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post script: * “now now” is a commonly used South African expression, meaning at once. There is also “just now”, which means in a moment, later. These are direct translations of the Afrikaans expressions and used in South African English. For further explanations, try here.

post post script: This is not the post I had planned for today, but, with an unerring sense of perfect timing, I returned to Blogging just as we went back into Loadshedding. Today’s power cut is for two and a half hours before lunch, so no time for a post with many photos that need editing!

post post post script: I really wanted to title this post “Drownded”, just for fun, but thought it might be too daft. On looking the word up, I find it is a real word.

Drownd is an archaic form of drown, and drownded an archaic form of drowned.Β 

So, daft it is!

 

24 thoughts on “Drownded!

  1. A Curious Introvert

    I think I’ve set a record during these blogging years looking up words and phrases and being surprised over and over (especially if you add in slang meanings that resulted in me changing my word choice). Wonderful poem and title and hope the power outages don’t last long.πŸ™‚

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you πŸ˜€
      Oh yes! It pays to look up some words – that urban dictionary is an eye-opener! And I’ve also had to change my wording accordingly! πŸ˜€

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  2. long4h2o

    I think our poor fuchsia plant got too much rain and too much sun. Moved it to covered patio and hoping it recovers.

    PS: I love the term load shedding. We use the more euphemistic term load balancing. Euphemism doesn’t lessen the pain. I prefer the blunt truth.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      I hope your fuchsia recovers – such beautiful flowers. πŸ™‚
      haha You’re right – whatever they call it, it is still sitting in the dark and wanting a cup of coffee! πŸ™‚

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  3. ladysighs

    Some things are definitely worth saving. The plant of course. But the language too.
    “Now Now” if I said it would be like “There There.” Everything will be OK.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      I love old and obscure words! πŸ˜€
      Yes, there is a double meaning, but it’s spoken differently.
      Using a music analogy for the rhythm –
      Now Now as in There There would be like 2 crotchets: Now – Now –
      Now Now as in right away would be 2 quavers: Now Now – –
      And there is a difference in intonation too.
      I guess you’ll just have to come to SA and hear it!! πŸ˜€

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you so much πŸ˜€
      I didn’t mean to be away, but thank you for the welcome back. I hope you and your dogs are keeping well. πŸ™‚

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  4. quiall

    I love daft! It suits me to a T. We rarely get a deluge like you but we did the other day. However they don’t last for more than a few minutes, OK 30 minutes. And while I love to watch it I don’t like to be in it. My heart goes out to Viola.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      haha I knew we were kindred spirits! πŸ˜€
      As our rainfall is still unreliable, I welcome every last drop, deluge or otherwise. But I do remember being far too soggy in UK, and watching it is just fine too. πŸ˜€

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  5. Murphy's Law

    Feast or famine. Same kind of weather here. Poor little viola doesn’t know what to make of this weather. I love today’s Haiku. And Drownded explains it perfectly! One day of sunshine and you’ll be watering that little beauty again. Mother Nature needs some serious medication me thinks! πŸ˜‚
    Ginger

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you πŸ˜€
      And you’re absolutely right! As it is a small pot I have to make sure it is watered regularly – in between the deluges! πŸ˜€
      Tho I was tempted to go for a record, I thought I’d done enough Post Scripts! πŸ˜€
      Else I’d have mentioned climate change too!

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