Monthly Archives: May 2015

Invasion of the succulents

I’m reading a thesis that suggests that global warming and a number of other factors are  resulting in Karoo succulents marching inexorably against the Cape fynbos in my part of the world.   I live on the cusp of the Karoo … Continue reading

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As I was saying

The front of my house looks much better.  There’s this and lots of this \ and this This one comes from next door, his name is Psycho and  although he’s fed and cossetted to within an inch of his life, … Continue reading

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Waiting for the rain

It’s almost the end of May and it hasn’t rained.  The next crop is in the ground and the farmers are tearing their hair out.  It starts looking hopeful, clouds yay and then the sun comes out and the rain … Continue reading

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Trouble in Paradise

It’s a fact that if your plumbing is gurgling and swishing, you might be headed for this sort of scenario. Here’s the thing, plumbers are thin on the ground in these parts and since I’ve just arrived, I do not … Continue reading

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The local wildlife

Yesterday, with rain imminent, I pulled up the cardboard mulch I put on my garden bed.  I reasoned that the topsoil was not worth preserving, being full of rocks and would need to be removed, sieved and enriched with humus … Continue reading

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How do I love thee Risotto

Let me count the ways, butternut, mushroom and my all-time favourite asparagus.  Since we’re going into winter here in the Southern Hemisphere and asparagus is priced at iniquitous levels, I’m going with the mushroom. It does take patience, huge amounts … Continue reading

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Mad persons and solid rock

I am fully aware of just how mad this is.  This is my outhouse, the theory is that placing my peas here will provide support so the trellis doesn’t blow down in the hectic winds we get in these ‘ere … Continue reading

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