Actually not that bad

I’m pleased to announce that I have made a full recovery from yesterday’s very mild bout of homesickness, which was brought on by the snow back in the UK. A couple of beers overlooking a Table Bay sunset last night and a trip up the R27 during a top secret (and failed) lunchtime mission – on which I got lost and ended up watching pelicans on the Milnerton Lagoon – soon sorted me out.
It’s a wonderful bird, is the pelican, for its beak can hold more than its belly can. And if you’ve ever seen how big a pelican poo is (like a large bowlful of fishy white porridge), you’ll appreciate that they must have really, really big beaks.
I did used to get lost in the UK occasionally as well, but there were no pelicans to see.

The view from that Lagoon goes out to Po, the microbiologist with whom I seemingly swapped my life, five years ago. I know she hates photos of Table Mountain in the sun, especially when she’s not able to look at Table Mountain in the sun. And, seeing as she’s snowed {UPDATE: slushed} in in Oxford at the moment – that’s now.

Famous view

It’s a very pleasant 36°C out there today, which might seem like an oxymoron, but there’s a lovely breeze and no fires… yet. I’ll be braai’ing this evening and celebrating the difference between here and the UK by daring to try a cold beer or eight with the pelican I caught*.

Of course, there’s far more to South Africa than just the spectacular weather and wide variety of large-billed edible waterfowl, but I see no need to go any further right now.
It’s going to be a weekend of sitting by the pool or on the beach.
So, you see, it’s actually not that bad.

* he’s not the dinner guest – he’s the dinner.

7 thoughts on “Actually not that bad

  1. 36!!

    It is too hard for me to relate. There is constant snow but it is melting and we are all drowning in sludge and dirty slush. Walking is impossible.

    Everybody is dazed and confused.

    It suits me well 🙂

    However, come tomorrow, and the 36 will be sounding about right.

    po´s last blog post was: Which tree would that be? (Note: 6000 miles… is not responsible for the content of external internet sites)

  2. We had our second day of snow-induced hysteria, here in the West Country. Schools shut left, right and centre, and smart (I personally think scaredy-cats) stayed at home. The weather man has promised more for next week… what a pity my skis are in Norway! 🙂

    Oh, and I don’t miss the sunny weather in SA at all! 😛

    Helga Hansen´s last blog post was: Snug as a Bug (Note: 6000 miles… is not responsible for the content of external internet sites)

  3. Eeew pleasant. It was bloody horrid! Then again some of us were stuck in a building with no air con and the afternoon sun streaming through a window right onto our backs.
    The breeze makes all the difference.

    Enjoy the weekend by the pool!

    Goblin´s last blog post was: The Christian Bale Moment (Note: 6000 miles… is not responsible for the content of external internet sites)

  4. Aaah. Just under two weeks and I’ll be sampling some of that 36 degrees.

    Don’t let it go away, will you.

  5. Now that all the snow is gone I think I would like my view back please. Airmail is fine.

    Uh, how did the pelican taste?

    Po´s last blog post was: Oops (Note: 6000 miles… is not responsible for the content of external internet sites)

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