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The fires seemed to have burned out for the time being, but there are still a lot of pine trees still standing. We have a Berg Wind again today so there has been another fire warning from the local firefighters. I think all the Vynbos shrubs that have been partly burned should now be cut level with the ground as they are so dry and can still burn. There are quite a few holes in the ground which look like Snake holes but they are where the shrubs used to be before the fire.

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It has only been a few weeks and a lot of the vynbos is starting to grow back. We had a wake here for the firefighters that lost their lives during the big fire. The town was filled by Bikers on Harley`s and filled the main  road for most of the day. Last weekend was the turn of the Municipality and local residents, this was much quieter and smaller.

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While i was gardening I heard these women singing in the distance and it sounded like a mass march but I was so surprised at how few arrived. The singing was very good and they were very well behaved even though they had to wait a long time to get their voices heard.

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I think  this blog should have today`s Sunrise.2017-07-06 07.16.17

To show how ridiculous things have got, I will put a joke that was on a newspaper web site.

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It is still very puzzling that 26 fires started in many different places at the same time. There have been some arrests for arson and theft from farms and buildings that were evacuated. The disappointing thing is that articles were stolen from the very places that were trying to help the victims of the fires. These were items like a coffee machine, pressure cooker, hot plates and other kitchen ware. This may cause people not to help next time we have an emergency.2017-06-27 22.35.05

I am still getting Hestony trucks parking outside with their refrigeration motors running all night. This time I was lucky a the Police agreed that he couldn`t. It was a restful night but I think the chicken in the back had defrosted a bit by the time he left in the morning.

 

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I think there are going to be a lot of questions asked and accusations made after this fire. I got a very disturbing email from Thailand about how JZ is treating these areas now they have become DA, maybe Trump would call it fake news, only time will tell .

Two people with other problems on their mind.

At least the gale force winds didn`t come to this area.

The sun rises are looking a bit better now the smoke has cleared.

Still no reply from Hestony transport, except the lorries are more frequent since my complain to Hello Peter.

 

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Things have been a bit hectic around Plett since the big fire.Taking a drive round the back roads there are still a lot of places that need to be cleared of half burned shrubs and trees. There are still hot spots around which were caused mainly by sparks blown in the wind.
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We are having a good rain at the moment so the little fires should get dampened. We went to the farm at the weaken and there were still a few swirls of smoke coming from the bush. They were mostly the pine needles and dead leaves but still flare up when the berg wind blew. It`s been a cold wind for a few days so that does help.
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One of the other problems is the water restrictions. I don`t worry so much with the flowers anymore but having a water butt enables me to keep my veggies growing. It`s amassing how little water is needed on some veggies to keep them in good health.It`s very strange how a house that is only meters away from the fire front can escape completely.
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This farm only had vynbos around it so was not difficult to save.
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It is easy to see a local car now in the car park as they are coated with ash. I left my car windows just cracked open but the next day it looked like a snow globe inside. Not only is it like living in an ashtray when traveling round but the inside of the car had to have a body spray. There has been a few cases of youngsters letting off crackers and signal flares in the bush beneath the lookout, some have been arrested. I think they are trying to get some time off school because the one I saw was a local teenager .
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Today the sunrise was like a black and white film, so it will be a few days before there is some colour. There was at least a little green still surviving amongst the ashes.
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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.

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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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I haven`t blogged for a while and am suffering from withdrawal as I used to be a bloggerholic. The sky in the morning always seems more interesting in the winter months so  will start off with yesterday.

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As we have a problem with water in the Cape its quite surprising that there are so many veggies still growing.I`ve been using rain water for a while now and it`s getting low so may have to use grey water.

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There are quite a few insects and other creepy crawlies around. i find the Prey Mantis very resourceful.When they catch a bee or wasp they keep the sting out of the way while they eat it.i was very surprise to see the even eat Gecko`s, but they do it while it is alive.

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The Butcher Bird also likes a live breakfast.breakfastbird

There is always a place for a joke and laughter is the best medicine.

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At least the sunrises are different every day which makes them very photographic.

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Although Queeny was a feral cat she gave us two years of company. At first she was called `Beryl the Feral `. She was a very scrawny cat and would not let you get within half a length of the garden near her. Through putting food and milk down every day she became close and filled out to be like a full size house cat. When it came to food time she would come close and rub aggainst your legs and twine around them, but if you tried to touch her she would rush away. This suited us as she slept outside on a cane chair, but as soon as the window opened in the morning she would jump up an meow for breakfast. Last week she came back from searching the neighborhood and began coughing, because she couldn`t eat her pellets we had to get so Tuna and mash it , he kept that down for a couple of days . On the following Monday we got Paws to come and look at her, they decided to try and get her into a cage. that proved quite a problem with her being feral, but we managed it. She was taken away but they informed us a few hours latter that the damage to her throat was too bad so they had to put her down. the whole family seems to be have pet problems, my son cat `Tabatha` was run over and killed last Tuesday and my youngest daughter had their dog Gipsy die of old age.

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This was `gipsy` three years ago when she still swam in the dam on a farm where she was staying.

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After soaking this Sea Bean for over a week I decided to grind a bit off the edge to assist it to start sprouting. The closest name I can get is that this bean is some type of hamburger bean but when it grows we will find out where it comes from. Most of the Sea Bean info on the net comes from the USA so is difficult to apply.

 

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It`s strange when you look at photos after downsizing. Sometimes you don`t remember where they went, other times giving things away leaves a lasting memory.

These were made from bits of wood that I found in Tokia forest, but gave them all away to friends and family. Some I still see when I visit old friends.

This display was on the wall of my workshop, most of them are now in the UK at my brothers Dojo and are still seem by many of his students.

This is the bike that was raced at the Rainbow track in Jo`burg when Mike Bramley still ran `Hells Angels` They were great days and possible the best motor cycling days of my life.

This was my first car that I had to get once the family started to grow. It was quite good for the kids as we had a nice mattress in the back so they could sleep when they wanted to. I don`t think this would be allowed now but seat belts were no a requirement then. This was in Durban where I traded it in for a Valiant so we could drive down to Cape Town.

 

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The birds start early in the morning

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I can still watch the Whales from a boat.

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They eat all the unused rice

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And there is always something to photograph in the garden

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