The schools here in South Africa have just broken up for their long summer vacation. Holiday makers will descend upon Cape Town in their droves. Even popping to the local shops for bread and milk will become a mission. I stay home as much as possible and only venture out when absolutely necessary. Trips to the beach, forests or mountains, will all have to wait till everyone has gone away again.
Time to hibernate – till mid-January!
For a lovely haiku on hibernation, why not check out this post by longingforwater.wordpress.com? Lethargic
Today, Friday 21st June 2019, is the winter solstice here in Cape Town; the shortest day and the longest night of the year.
We finally had some good rains (it rained twice in May and, counting today, twice in June; our rainy season!) and the temperature dropped. It has been 10 C in my lounge and has dropped to 6 C just before dawn. I don’t have a heater, (just as I don’t have an air conditioner) so we just wear extra clothes.
I realise that this will not seem cold to my Northern friends. Then again, when they complain of a heatwave at 25 C, I understand. It is the difference in temperature that affects you. If you are used to 15 C and suddenly it is 25 C, you will feel too hot. Likewise, if you are used to 25 C and suddenly it is 6 C, you will freeze!
Also, every morning, I open all the doors and windows. This may seem crazy, but once the sun has risen, and I can stop seeing my breath when standing on the stoep, it is warmer outside than in. Certainly during the day, the sun will warm up the air and hopefully some will penetrate into my cold house.
I have to keep quiet about how happy I am, because everyone else is moaning about how cold it is! At least, with the drought, they don’t moan about the rain anymore!
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!