Things have been a little crazy at The Sandbag House this last while – we have had a borehole drilled – and we found water! So, that and a couple of other things has meant little time to actually pour the “brew” out of my head. Suffice it to say, there is a stock building…
It’s been an awful long time since we had a “proper” rainy day. I have, over the last couple of years, done an awful lot of whining about drought and not enought rain. Every drop of rain has been celebrated. Especially when it’s what we call “real” rain. The last episode of any note, before…
Gale force winds are not unusual in South Africa, especially the Western Cape coastline, and into the Eastern Cape. These winds are a feature of summer and winter, with the winter storms accounting for the Cape’s original appellation as the Cape of Storms. We’ve had more than our fair share this year and wind, in…
Our week began, that Monday, in the wee hours of the morning.
Last January I lamented the hot dry summer we’d had. Little did I know that this summer would be worse. And then it rained. Proper rain.
When I dreamed up this title, “Giving it Beans”, I knew it was “punny”, but I had no idea that it would end up having such resonance in the days that followed.
The end of winter stirs all sorts of things, including Monster Cat. Why he is nosing around The Sandbag House and Magic Melon and Princess Pearli, only he knows.
Last week I was delighted to see a post from a blog pal who had gone silent for a while. I had missed her posts: usually of teeny weeny creatures – magnificent shots. I had promised her, a long time ago, when we’d had a chat (on her blog or mine, I don’t remember) about one of her spiders, that I’d share my discovery that rain spiders have a “headlamp”.
Last Friday, April 22nd, was Earth Day. In celebration, here is a series of pictures of bees doing their thing in the autumn roses that spill on to our veranda. Why, you might ask, is my attention on such an apparently insignificant little creature?
Those of you who follow my blog know that at the height of summer and into autumn, we are blessed with a surfeit of produce, not just by our own garden, but also by the local farmers who are happy to share produce that they cannot send to market or to the local cannery. here are only so many fresh plums one can eat, variations of plum salad that one can do, so the obvious solution was to bottle or some how preserve them.