We have Stage Four load shedding here in SA at the moment.
The means power cuts of 2 1/2 hours, 3 times, in a 24 hour period.
Everything is run on electricity. Our ovens are electric; no power, no hot food and no cuppa. Yes, I boil water beforehand and keep it in a thermos, but it just doesn’t make a very nice cuppa.
The evenings are the worst. Last night’s cut (and the next 3 night’s) was from 20.00 to 22.30. It gets dark around 19.00. Basically you just sit around in the candle light for a while and then go to bed.
Today was even worse, as they are laying new electricity cables in our area (unrelated to the load shedding) so the power was off from 10.00 to just now, 15.30.
Why no electricity you ask?
Hmmm. This is a non-political blog. I’m sure you can figure it out.
I’m sorry, but I will not be able to visit your blog or comment as much as usual. No power: no wifi; which is perhaps the saddest of all!
We have been hearing heavy planes fly low over our area for the past week. These are not the usual planes we might hear, such as the night time international 747 flights that pass by high in the sky with only a distant rumble.
No, these were heavy helicopters and the old propeller type planes. And no matter how often I dashed outside to try to catch a glimpse, I couldn’t see a thing.
Finally I got a few shots of the propeller planes as they flew past several times.
There was one large plane, I presume an aircraft carrier, flanked by two smaller planes. A blast from the past.
Of course, there was no way I was going to catch a glimpse of the jets that also shot by occasionally. So loud, so fast and so low. That heavy thunder shook the very marrow of my bones and made me jump out of my skin every time!
The SANDF Armed Forces Day celebrations were held from 16 to 21 February, commemorating the sinking of the SS Mendi on 21 February 1917.
post script: I believe the helicopters were Rooivalk and Super Lynx, and the jets were Hawk and Gripen.
If anyone knows what the propeller planes are, you are welcome to enlighten me in the comments.