Day 25 – The man who stares at goats

(with apologies to Grant Heslov et al.)

There are lots of online things happening to entertain you and your family during these difficult times, but none so far has topped this one for me.

It’s only a LIVE GOAT CAM!

Really:

 

Fairview‘s goats are a big draw for the Paarl wine farm, and visitors had been missing them. No longer though, because now there is GOATCAM and you can watch the goats at play on the famous tower, on the bridge and – in my experience this morning – hiding behind stuff for ages and ages when you need to get a screenshot for your blog post. All with an empty car park backdrop.

You may also spot Hadeda Ibis (Bostrychia hagedash) and occasionally – Delivery Trucks (Transportia cheesum).

It’s rather addictive. Have fun.

Day 24 – DIM

DIY = Do It Yourself
DIM = (Fine, I’ll) Do It Myself (then)

I have been forced into doing all those little jobs that my wife has been going on about for a few days years now. Well, technically she did half of them and then I felt so guilty I had to join in and do the rest. We now have – amongst other things – cleared flower beds and painted walls.

And a stronger marriage. Maybe.

These were the sort of chores that we might normally have done together over a weekend, so I don’t feel too bad, but they did still need doing and I hadn’t (until now, at least) done them.

That’s not to say that I haven’t done anything though – the steps in the back garden were falling apart, and now they are falling apart a little bit less. Some trees and bushes were getting a bit overgrown and now they are less overgrown. But sometimes it’s hard to motivate oneself to do these rather mundane tasks, especially when one day is very much blending into the next and the world is not going to fall apart (any more than it already has) if you don’t do them.

Even I have to admit that the flower beds look better and the wall looks lovely though. I tried to suggest that the fact that we’d done these jobs together meant that we can both be proud of the outcome, but my wife rolled her eyes so far back that she could see 2019.

I may be in trouble and I suspect that only a well-mixed gin and tonic will get me out of it. I’m going to give that approach a go right now.

Day 23 – internet woes

We’re not even two thirds of the way into this extended lockdown thing (which may well be extended again) and I’ve just finished the internet.

Everything.

All the interesting stuff, at least.
I’m going to leave the other 99.99% for the next pandemic.

What am I supposed to do now?

Maybe I’ll invite loads of people around for a braai like the neighbours have done today.
Oh no. Wait a second. That’s both utterly stupid and totally illegal. Wankers.

Back to the internet then…

Day 22 – A busy day

Today:
Schoolwork x2. Advice required on narrative essay writing and multiplication of decimals (separately, obviously).
Singing lesson (online).
School parent meeting (online).
Piano lesson (online).
Exercise (offline).
Make bread.
Make soup.
Give the beagle plenty of attention (the beagle has been a bit sad over the last couple of days).
Take daily photo.

Just now:

Mixed feelings.

Later:
Eat soup. Eat bread.
More beagle care.
Watch movie with kids (and popcorn).
Bed. Much bed.

Day 21 – Mildly delayed

I have been trying to get these daily posts out at 8am, but this one is slightly late.
I’m pretty sure that no-one will notice – is there really anyone frantically hitting refresh at 7:59, like they’re hoping to be the first in line for concert tickets on some underprepared concert ticket website that will then crash 10 seconds later?

Remember going to concerts?
That was fun, wasn’t it?

Anyway. I digress. Often.

Yesterday was a flat, dull, calm, grey day. Horrible for photography, but great for taking the drone up for the first time in ages and having a quick spin out of the back garden. It needs some work on the camera (the drone, not the back garden): the lens plate is slightly damaged, but apparently fixing that is not an essential service, so it’s not going to happen for a while yet. So I was left having to do a  little bit of fiddling in Lightroom, which did at least give me a different image for my photo-a-day Lockdown album on Flickr.

And then, after a quick rain shower, and just as it seemed that all hope of any colour was lost, a watery peach sunset, which I togged from the top of the braai chimney while the braai was in use.

I would not advise this approach.

This photo really is nothing special, but as a symbol of hope and optimism after a miserable grey day, it’s still nothing special.

Today is also grey. Hold tight for the sunset.