"Self-sufficiency does not mean 'going back' to the acceptance of a lower standard of living. On the contrary, it is the striving for a higher standard of living, for food that is organically grown and good, for the good life in pleasant surroundings... and for the satisfaction that comes from doing difficult and intricate jobs well and successfully." John Seymour ~ Self Sufficiency 2003

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Cape of storms...

2 days from hell.

140km / hour winds.

Some rain has fallen - but much more is needed to ease the drought.

Snow covering most of the mountains of the Western Cape.



And a runaway gale-force wind fuelled fire which has almost destroyed a town of 77 000 people - Kynsna, Western Cape (http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/live-knysna-evacuation-underway-20170607 and http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/gallery-cape-wildfires-20170608)

Terrible.  Terrible.  Terrible 😭

12 comments:

Vicki said...

Hope the destruction is far enough away from you. Stay safe, Dani.

Diana Studer said...

You have snow?
Knysna is heartbreaking to see.

Dani said...

Vicki - Knysna is about 400kms away so, no, the fires haven't affected us.

But the gale force winds... They have affected a lot of people 😥

Dani said...

Diana - It would seem that ALL the WC mountains have snow - ours included.

Words fail me regarding Knysna ��

Simone Cronje said...

My daughter put it so well. She said that we humans seem so omnipotent - until the day the planet turns against us and we are proven powerless. All in our thoughts that have been affected by the terrible conditions from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth over the past two days.

possumqueensa said...

Wow, my house took a beating, but blessings to the guy who built it 100 years ago, you did a great job. I can't imagine how awful it is having a fire come over like that, it really reminds you what's important in life.

Dani said...

Simone - Couldn't have put it better myself. We think we have everything sussed, and then this planet shows us who is in charge, and what a tenuous hold we have on our little patch of ground.

If you would like to help, and have a facebook page please head on over to https://www.facebook.com/VolunteerWildfireServices/ or https://www.facebook.com/VolunteerWildfireServices/photos/a.223974027715998.48258.223952001051534/1349311105182279/?type=3&theater and read the post on the right of the pic. They detail there what help is required.

Dani said...

pqsa - The only damage we sustained was the one side of ouor patio shadecloth came loose. Guess our builder did a good job ;)

Yeah - having lived through a wildfire 20-odd years ago when we were holidaying in St Francis Bay, and having to drive out through it with enormous flames on either side of the car, I KNOW what those poor people went through. Wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.

Harry Flashman said...

Last summer it was our turn to have our forests burning, and now you are having big fires in your country. We have storms come through here too, I guess no matter where you live there's no escaping mother nature.

Dani said...

Harry - My apologies for the delay in replying to your comment - arson destroyed our internet tower and it has only just come back online.

No, Mother Nature tends to have her way... The wind we experienced on Saturday was the fiercest I have ever experienced, and did damage to our house. Not major, thankfully, but irritating damage (bargeboards) which required RMan to pull out the scaffolding in order to fix :( RMan does not do heights...

Sol said...

Hey Dani, the posts will be back up tomorrow for the whole weekend. there are 9 altogether! lol and thats a wrap. hope you like what you see

Dani said...

Sol - Permission is denied...?