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Today the weather seems very bad towards Cape Town. We have had a Berg wind for the last few days and my climbing beans are looking very wind blown. I had put a shield round them and give them a good watering. The sky is quite overcast today and we have a Velt fire towards Knysna which can be seen on the right hand side of the photo.smoke

Another view from the same site above Plettenberg Bay.


As you can see, it`s also a bit dark here too. Not a good sunrise today.

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As you can see, the problems in my last blog have only got worse. 🙂 We even had a power outage to add to this, but at least today we have water. 🙂



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Well the State of the Nation address started with a lot of controversy in parliament yesterday. First we had the objections about the jamming of cell phones and the the removing of the EFF. They did cause a long delay but JZ was asked months ago to reply and hasn`t done so yet.

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I wonder if the chief whip will use a` Cat o`nine tails` to keep order next.


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The town is very quiet now that the Plett rage has finished but the damage is still around. I haven`t heard of any deaths this year so it much better than previous years. This year they have got shuttles for the matrics to try and save on drunk driving but still some try to turn into one way roads. The local roads are not easy to negotiate, even if you are sober.

We had the usual power cuts today even though Eskom said they wouldn`t. I went to the municipal offices earlier to get a copy of the load shedding but they were unable to tell me as Eskom haven`t told them yet. I went to customer services who phoned through to Eskom and informed me that Eskom couldn`t send them and email as they had no power. I left my email address and was told when they get one from Eskom they will forward me a copy, we will have to wait and see.

My veggie garden is quite productive again this season but the Green Patipans seem a bit larger than the yellow ones. Maybe they have been left on the plant too long. Last year we only had the yellow ones but this year we got a mixed packet which has green, yellow and white, but they all taste very similar.

Last night we were awoken by singing and whistling just before midnight so I went out to see what the problem was. This went on until after 01:30 with much stick waving, singing and shouting. This morning I heard that it was a protest against the police because another child had gone missing and not much was being done to find this child. I just wondered why it wasn`t done in the daytime, a hundred people make a lot of noise that time at night.

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With power outages and blackouts were not a problem when I was a kid as the household was quite sufficient. There were no Computers, cellphones, video games or electric appliances. The radios had a 120volt battery and a 1.5volt accumulator. The stove was gas only and a fridge for the milk was a clay cover that stood in a saucer of water, very much like a bush fridge. The only thing was at night we used candles or firelight , as torches didn`t have bright LED`s so didn`t last too long.

Yesterday we had 2 load sheds, the first was 4 hours and the second was a bit shorter and maybe the next story will explain why. When the second load shed came the police station generator kicked in but after about half an hour it stopped, I then went to switch our power on but nothing happened. I took a look at the police station and it was blacked out, they like Eskom had run out of Diesel. We have just got another load shed and I didn`t hear the generators so I looked over the wall, and all I saw was police men with torches. It is very dark inside there as the windows are quite small. Anyway they are enjoying a long smoke break, no tea break, no computers and no police radio. I wonder because they are parastatal do they have the same problems with diesel as Eskom ? They could go to the local petrol station as they still have some.

With all the power cuts I thought I would go to the farm and take a few photos of the sunsets there.

There are a lot of mini climates around this farm and I have found some very peculiar things in the surrounding bush.

If this is a mushroom then it`s the ugliest one I have ever seen. J

If you like metal detecting this is the easiest circuit to make, but you may only find bottle tops and nails.

These were found on a beach with a similar detector, good luck J

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I have been off line for many days and don`t know whether its the setup or just the power that keeps failing.  Every time the power goes down the WiFi has to be reset and we very often loose the internet as that comes via radio from Whispernet.  It is very worrying as it seems to go down when I want to view some other blogs or answer an email.  Does anyone else have this problem or is it just me living in the sticks.
On a lighter note, I was down the beach the other day and found a part of the Rainbow Nation . 🙂
beachbum-rainbow1The Rainbow Nation beach bum?

One thing that seemed out of place in this protest was the banner “Give us our Freedom back” . This was only a few months ago, I may be wrong but shouldn`t this banner been shown 20 years ago.

This video is on youtube . It will be under “Plett Freedom.”

http://youtu.be/K7JQUjQqPAg/                     For Video

(1)   A Sea Slug which I thought was quite rare until I searched the Lagoon. I found about 30 of them, I haven`t found them anywhere else on this coast.

(2)  People used to be born with a Silver spoon in their mouth, whats with the purple plastic. Which reminds me I havent seen a blog by  “Purple Puppy” for a long time.

(3)   We have a sign now on the beach “No Dogs allowed” , a lot of people can`t read. 🙂

(4)  Volcano`s are all in the news, but this won`t stop planes.

(5)   Looks like Julius had a beach party with the opposition.

(6)   Which way do we go from here?

The Weather doesn`t look so good today, I think we are in for rain again.

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This was the tree that caused our blackout for the day. A piece had to be cut out to allow cars through. The power lines are on the left.

I took a drive to the Lagoon yesterday and noticed we now have two inlets. The  one on the right has been the source of many call outs for our local Sea Rescue on Main Beach, now we have another on the left which makes an Island in the middle.

This is just a favourite one that I put on Mweb before it closed to free bloggers.

Last of all, a few more oddities from the house. The owners do have a nautical past and sailed round the World for 3 years.

I have just found out why some bloggers are hard to comment on, my settings seemed to be for cell phones and not computers. Also I am still trying to sort out the wordpress system.

I must just give up smoking. :-))

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