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Pink Moon


We get the pinkest of skies here in Cape Town in winter. A subtle hue spreads evenly across the sky as the sun thinks about setting.

You have to be quick to catch this tint though, as the sun sets so rapidly that suddenly all colour is gone.

To add a little glamour to the scene, a sliver of a moon shines out in the pinkness.

You noticed it without the title, right?


And if you want to know what a Blue Moon is, check out my post Blue Moon!



Winter Skies

Winter’s Day

Sunrise on a cold winter’s day.

This is my neighbour’s tree, which I love because it is the only one near me that is deciduous and waves its bare branches in the pink winter skies.

Most of my trees are evergreen, like my Eugenia. My large Syringa will eventually shed all its leaves, but at the moment it’s still looking very green. It better get a move on though, as the sun is starting to come back already!


And it’s only chilly until the sun rises higher in the sky, then, barring any storm fronts heralding gales, the day rapidly warms up.

Winter is mild here in Cape Town.


Frankly, My Dear, I Do Give A Dam!

Dam Levels

Dam Levels

Winter is our rainy season, most falling in June and July. It is supposed to be raining right now. We really need rain.

If you look at the graph, Weekly dam levels in Cape Town, you can see how low our dam levels are, compared to last year, 2015, when they were severely low, causing water restrictions throughout the whole of last summer, Dec 2015/Jan 2016. (Which wasn’t helped by the severe heat wave and daily temperatures of 38C.)

You have to look at the total storage capacity, as some dams may be fairly full, but are also very small. The largest dam is Theewaterskloof, which is only at 43.5% capacity.

The total storage of all the dams this year is only 48.1%. For the same week in 2015 the total storage was 61.5% and in 2014 it was 101%.

I don’t know how we will cope this coming summer if we don’t get more rain right now.

So where’s all our rain gone?

I think the UK might have the answer to that one!


One Misty Moisty Morning

Misty Morning

Misty Morning

Sunrise one winter’s morn.

Early morning mist like this is not common here in Cape Town, but does occur occasionally, showing we really are in the middle of winter.

Misty Morning 2

Misty Morning 2

Here the circular disc of the sun can be seen trying to shine through the mist, silhouetted by the bare grape vines.

The misty wintry scene reminded me of a nursery rhyme my mother used to say to my kids when they were young.

The version I remember goes like this –

One misty, moisty morning

When cloudy was the weather,

There I met an old man

Clothed all in leather.

He began to compliment

And I began to grin

How do you do and how do you do?

And how do you do again?


And she’d shake their hands while saying the ‘How do you do’s’. They loved it.


The rhyme I remember seems to be a mixture of two versions that I found at Songs & Rhymes.

There’s a whole lot of info you can find once you start looking, even for something as simple as an old nursery rhyme. You can read here the full length poem Misty, Moisty Morning or even learn about the history of leather clothing,


And all because, for an hour or so one morning, we had fog.


Golden Autumn

Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

Autumn leaves catching the slanting afternoon winter sunshine.

Apparently my oak tree still thinks it is autumn, as it clings on to its last few golden leaves.

Now to put this into perspective, mid-July here in Cape Town is like mid-January in the UK. I don’t recall ever seeing any leaves left on any deciduous trees that far into winter, when I was growing up there.


Oh, and the twisty branches in the front left are the grape vine.


Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice

It is officially winter here in Cape Town. The winter solstice in the Southern hemisphere, and our shortest day, is June 21st.

The sun will start returning now. Though to be honest, I can’t say it has been very far away!

To all of you in the Northern hemisphere, the nights will start drawing in!


post script: Our milkman said this to my Mother once, “Now the nights start drawing in!” on the day of the summer solstice. It really annoyed her. It was only just summer after all!