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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.
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.
creeping fires

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.
houses so close
This farm only had vynbos around it so was not difficult to save.
farm vynbos
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 .
sunrise b w
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.
patch of green


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This morning was great for the washing as we have a nice warm Berg Wind. Most counties have a variation of this warm wind that blows softly for most of the day. We usually get a good rain within a few days but in the mean time there is a lot of watering to do in the garden. We had another demonstration out side the police station this morning, complete with band. This was because there have been a lot of child rapes and murder in Blue Horizons. Most of the people were from that area and they don`t have a police station there. Kwanakatula is the closest one but I think they fall under Plettenberg Bay.

2015-05-23 11.23.39demonstation rape

I did manage a few photos of the sunrise this morning whilst having my morning coffee.

sunrise e2

First a long shot that has been trimmed a bit.

1telephoto sunrise 23

This was taken with the 4x telephoto on my cell phone. Although this one is only 10mp it`s much better than my old one which was 2 mp. The only problem is getting a sharp image like with a DSLR camera. Maybe because it`s difficult to fit on a tripod 🙂

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