Rain, rain go away

They say that August is the wettest month in Cape Town and this year that has definitely been the case.

Flooded roads

It feels like it has rained continuously the whole month. The ground is waterlogged, the dams are over 100% full, there have been mini landslides all around the mountain passes, rivers have burst their banks, homes have been flooded and now there is snow on Table Mountain as well as the surrounding mountains.

Snow on Table Mountain

Of course all this damp air has it’s consequences for our hair

Bad hair day

 

But my sources say that this latest fashion item is floating off the shelves in Cape Town.

High Heeled Flippers

 

Have a great, warm and dry weekend everyone.

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Hello Bloggers, I’m still here

The past two weeks have been hectic, I seem to have been constantly on the run with something or other and yet on reflection, none of it was of any great importance.

 

Last weekend OH and I worked in the garden till we ached all over but a big tree pruning job is now complete and all the cut wood stacked for fire wood. Tomorrow we are going wine tasting, the weather does not look like it will be warm but at least it will be a break from chores.

 

On a completely different note I have just finished reading JM Coetzee’s “Disgrace”. I am astounded that this work won a prize (can’t remember exactly which one). What a depressing read, the main character is a sorry excuse for a man if there ever was one and the author portrays South Africa as a country without hope or any redeeming features. This book also has the most unsatisfactory abrupt ending I have ever come across. It’s almost like Coetzee said to himself “that’s it, I’m done” and just stopped writing.

 

The weather in Cape Town is foul today, although we do need the rain. Our two water tanks both filled to overflowing in a matter of hours. Ozzy and Milo have their beds in front of the fire and for them life could not get better.

A glass of red wine and a slab of chocolate would make my life a lot better right now 😉

Wet dogs and warm fires

Hello Blogpeeps

It is once again wet, windy and cold and Cape Town and looks set to continue like this right through to next weekend.

It’s not all bad though as it provides lots of reading, relaxing and television watching time.

We made a mistake this past Saturday – we went to the SPCA to look for a dog/puppy to adopt. All the adult dogs were sopping wet and caked in dirt, you just could not WANT to pick them up. They all looked so pitiful but to be honest in those conditions you really cannot assess the dogs at all. Some were shivering; some were barking madly, some looked at us with mournful eyes begging to be given a nice dry home. It upset poor OH so much, he’s a real softie when it comes to the way animals are looked after. I know it was raining but it would not take much to have some kind of tarpaulin that they could pull over the “outside” section of the kennels so that the dogs did not have to get wet.  So no decision was made, we filled out the forms and still want to adopt but none of the dogs we saw really drew us in.

On Sunday I was looking at puppies for sale on Gumtree and found a Maltese puppy just around the corner from us.  I called up and we went to look but were appalled at the way the puppy was being looked after. It was only 6 weeks old and being fed on milk and bread. When I asked to see the parents it was quite apparent that the mother was definitely not a Maltese although the father may have been. They were being kept outside in a tiny damp box – it was pouring with rain. The mother was clearly not interested in feeding her remaining puppy even though the little thing cried when she saw her mother and tried to latch on. The other 3 puppies from the litter had already been sold. They were asking R1 000 for this crossbreed.  We left quite disgusted that people could treat their animals like that so for now Ozzy remains an “only” dog.

It was so cold Sunday morning that we lit the fire before we had even had breakfast much to Ozzy’s delight. I don’t know how much wood we burned up by the evening but it sure was nice and cosy. I also made a pot of Carrot, Sweet Potato, Coriander, Chilli and Ginger Soup which proved to be a great belly warmer.

It was great to have Downton Abbey on television again last night – it is such a great series.

Have a good week everyone and keep warm and dry.