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Turning a gothic horror into art

I  have a gothic horror of a warehouse looming over my backyard that is slowly (very slowly) being fixed up.  It’s a beautifully designed building that only needs a lick of paint to transform it into something quite lovely.  While … Continue reading

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Spring eruptions

As if these just aren’t beautiful enough, how about these … Spring is busting out all over the Western Cape and it’s a glorious sight to behold.  Each day brings a new eruption of gorgeousness. Best surprise of all was … Continue reading

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Even my hair hurts

Warning to prospective home buyers 1) do not buy a house that is part of an estate and 2)  find out the terms of the tenant’s lease before you sign the offer.  You will thank me. Anyway, it’s done, my … Continue reading

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Worst case scenario and best possible outcome

This is the worst possible thing that can happen to the house you’ve only just bought, have your backyard and sideyard dug up and plumbing piping replaced.  The cats think it’s a great hole for sploring But I was in … Continue reading

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Let it snow (Africa version)

Yes folks, it does snow in Africa.  This is the view outside my house today, a bit blurry but I’m freezing. While it might be a bit premature to break out the snowplough, we’re all mighty excited.  In between shivering … Continue reading

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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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Greedy ladybugs wanted

It’s a good idea, when inspecting the health of your forthcoming backyard farm’s trees, to put your glasses on.  You will find that your three lemon trees and one olive tree are riddled with aphids.  Those slimy horrible creatures (whose … Continue reading

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