Thursday, May 24, 2007

Winter has Arrived

I arrived home from a fairly successful trip to Cape Town, I must say that there is something about Cape Town which I just instinctively like. I had forgotten to take my dark glasses with me which I didn't think would be a big deal but I won't make that mistake again. Driving over the pass between franschhoek and stellenbosch late in the day, it was pouring with rain and the sun was directly in front of me. The reflection of the sun on the road was just incredible, I just couldn't see where I was going and almost had an accident purely from not being able to see the road at all for what felt like a minute. Not to mention the damage to my retina's.
Tuesday morning Winter arrived with a vengeance, it was barely above 0 when I left home on my trusty steed and the experience turned out to be quite pleasant. Not too bad at all although I will admit that the bike has electric heaters in the handgrips which work rather well. By that afternoon there were photographs of snow in Plettenberg bay which is a seaside resort known for sun and wind. I have copied a couple of photographs by LisaG from the website below.

All you northern hemispherians reading this might think that snow is so ho hum - yawn; but down here, it really is quite unusual. Remember, the sun shines down here - a lot.
By the time evening arrived I was starting to feel pretty grim and by midnight I was in the midst of a mini fever. Like a mild dose of malaria, loads of shivering and shaking but not much else. Needless to say, neither of us really slept at all and I had to drag myself out of bed in the morning to go off to work.
At about 16:00 Laurel phoned to beg me to go around and fix some heaters that they had purchased to the wall in the childrens rooms. What was I meant to say? - freeze, so I found myself wielding the hammer and drill at about the time that the power failed at work which led to a cascade of phone calls and SMS's in between working and supper and general conversation. Unlike most women, I am incapable of concentrating on more than one thing at a time so juggling hammer, SMS, phonecall, drills, hammer, more phonecalls, forks and knives was particularly challenging.
Which brings me to today which is just peachy as the photograph below will show.

Roaring log fire, wine, books and comfortable chairs and of course - a wireless internet connection. Dreams are made like this.

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