Day 485 – Trying to keep going

I’m going to try to keep my blogging record going. My steps record died a very quick death on Tuesday, after 820 days of consistently managing 10,000 steps each day. I haven’t managed a single recorded step since then.

My current blogging record is actually somewhat longer than that 820 days so I’m doing all I can to keep it going so that Covid doesn’t ruin everything, slipping in a short one (careful now) whenever I am able.

Day 482 – Good bits and bad bits

This crappy sickness continues to blight me. But maybe there’s some light at the end of the tunnel.

At three o’clock this morning (my internal clock is completely buggered), I was ready to take on the world. By seven, it felt like I had, and had lost – heavily. Now it’s half past ten and I’m in another good bit: less aching, less coughing – generally OK. But I have zero energy. I literally can’t walk more than a few metres.

Probably need to get a test, just so we know what we’re dealing with – it feels more influenza than Covid to me – but I have no idea how I could even get to the top of the stairs, let alone to a car and to a testing station.

Propping myself up with Lucozade and Myprodol. Apologies for any spelling errors. It’s all a bit blurry.

Day 474 – Happily wet

It’s not quite 3½ years since I took these photos at Theewaterskloof Dam – or what should have been Theewaterskloof Dam, at least.

Back then, we were on the verge of Day Zero, about the be the first big city in the world to run out of water.

Today, Theewaterskloof Dam level stands at 101.1% full. That’s more full than it actually can be. How cool is that?

On the water front, at least, things are looking pretty good:

We don’t need to worry too much about the Steenbras twins, but it would be nice to see Voëlvlei join the vol vlei party (see what I did there?). Probably not, if you’re outside SA, and you’re probably better off for that.

Photos from our few days away are still being processed.
There are almost 1000 of them. It may take a while.

Day 468 – Off to hide

Housesitters instructed. Beagle bathed to soft, silky, shininess. Car packed.

We’re off to hide from this horrible virus in the middle of nowhere for a while. Blog posts are primed and ready to be unleashed upon an otherwise unsuspecting public each day, and I’m looking forward to a brief break from the daily rigors (it’s not actually that bad) of sticking some words up onto the internet each day.

I’m unaware if there will be any sort of cell signal where we are going, so if you don’t hear from me, we’re probably still all good. But thanks for the concern. Real service will be resumed upon our return. In the meantime check the top of the sidebar for Instagram and Twitter links.

Have a great week. I fully intend to.

Day 467 – 467

Day 467 of lockdown.

Short of inspiration and tired of life because it’s all so very bloody depressing, I decided to look up the number 467 to see if there was anything significant about it, aside from it being a prime number.

Actually, Wikipedia didn’t mention that it was a prime number, but it did have lots of exciting info about the year 467.

Year 467 (CDLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday, of the Julian calendar, the 467th Year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 467th year of the 1st millennium, the 67th year of the 5th century, and the 8th year of the 460s decade. At the time, it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Pusaeus and Iohannes (or, less frequently, year 1220 Ab urbe condita).

I’m wondering how often (if ever) it was actually called year 1220 Ab urbe condita, given that I’ve never heard of the more common Year of the Consulship of Pusaeus and Iohannes.

This was interesting:

Emperor Skandagupta, ruler of the Gupta Empire, dies after a 12-year reign, as Huns consolidate their conquests in western India. He is succeeded by his half-brother Purugupta.

…if only because the current Gupta Empire also hit a bit of a rocky patch yesterday:

They were the ones who (ugh… “allegedly”) benefitted to the tune of billions and billions of Rands after their State Capture of South Africa.


Ancient Hillforts in Britain are re-fortified

They were looking a bit shabby.


King Genseric extends his pirate raids in the Mediterranean Sea; the Vandals sack and enslave the people living in Illyricum, the Peloponnese and other parts of Greece.

Happy 457 days. Happy 467 day.