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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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Do you remember when this coin would buy a box of matches ?cows head

And I thought that only wild animals got mounted. Surely this didn`t need tracking ?

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This little camera makes a good carcam and can also be viewed on my smartphone while shopping, so is better than an alarm. It`s used for divers under water and divers from planes.It came with a host of mounting attachments.

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My veggie garden is looking like an advert for the Spear.

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There are still some old friends that come to visit so all is not lost.

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It seems that spelling in school is still a problem even though we have so many departments.

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During the Whale season here we don`t get photos like this very often as there seems to be quite a radicle change in the whale population.you have to go quite far out in the bay now and most of the Whales are not Southern Right Whales like they were a few years ago.

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It`s quite funny how a few years ago I was building fairy houses like this for my grand children and now all they want to see is a smart phone or computer. where do the years go to as you get older ? These photos have been on earlier blogs which seems to be a form of rambling but they are from ones that never went anywhere 🙂

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year , just in case I don`t blog for a while 🙂

 

 

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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 wason 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 seet 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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there are also interesting things along the beach. I don`t know where this tree root came from.

2015-05-29 07.06.39And a Sunrise that changes by the day.

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It seems that both the Cat and the Frog enjoy the mice on the farm.

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If you remember these then you are my age 🙂

todays veg

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Why use the supermarket when all you need is a small patch of ground. This is a bit of the garden that is at the side of the house, so was a waste to grow flowers, but provides all my fresh veggies. lucky i have kids so am able to pass some along when the crop is too large.Image00845

If you have potholes in your road ask this guy to come along as he`s found a use for them. 🙂

Have a great day 🙂

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Most of the early morning is spent looking up or out to sea. There are some great sunrises and very strange cloud formations.

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The garden is also looking OK but there is always room for improvement 🙂

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We used to have a ` Fire Pool ` in town near the council chambers but that has now been filled with rocks and plants that need very little water.

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If you are still worrying about the infrastructure falling apart , look at what happened in Germany yesterday.

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I was in the garden watching the sunrise when I became curious about a plant that has been growing for a while. Does anyone know what it is, or if it has any medicinal uses ?

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As we approach Winter the sun rises more over the mountains now. This plant has leaves like a Margarita Bush but flowers similar to the Lavender, it just doesn`t smell so good 🙂

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This is what the leaves look like.

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These are the flowers taken with the macro lense after a few tries to focus it. I keep using the wrong glasses 🙂 During my waterproofing there is still time for a short blog, just to keep things going. I now have to go for a drive to get some more waterproof paint……

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