Day 478 – Winter window view

Back in Autumn, I shared a sunrise from our bedroom window. But Autumn is long gone now and we’re well into winter.

This week, following some really chilly weather, the clouds finally lifted and we got to see those mountains in the distance again. This time with some decoration.

Look, it’s not the Matterhorn or Everest, but I’m quite impressed with the view in our (extended) back garden.

Soon… the view from the other side of those mountains, where we stayed last week. (May also include some snow.)

Day 473 – Misery everywhere

There’s no good news today.

I’m not feeling great (no, not that).

Defeat for England (although), preceded by an unpleasant frontlash and followed by a (now sadly usual) disgusting backlash.

Rain, gales, floods and cold in Cape Town. More leaks in our house.

KZN and parts of Gauteng right on the brink of… something terrible.

Copious sexual intercourse won’t cure Covid-19.

More loadshedding on the way.

And this is just the stuff I feel I can share.

I have a lot of amazing memories from a few days away, and a lot of photos to process. But today doesn’t seem the right day to do anything except just hope that things get better.

Day 464 – Nightmare on our street

(with apologies to Freddy Kruger)

The recent stormy weather has raised a number of issues with the (still new) (to us) house to the top of the “Oh Shit” list. Chief amongst these was the few hundred litres of water that poured into our living room the other night. But that’s only brought more problems to light: damaged guttering (when the insurance-provided contractors took down the waterlogged ceiling), which will need to be replaced before they replace the ceiling. Things are still very wet, despite our best efforts to dry them up using a dehumidifier, the fireplace on full blast, and the beagle as a big sponge.

The season being what it is, it looks like we’re in for a long wait before the waterproofing team can come and charge us lots of money to make things better. But we don’t really have any choice on the delay or the cash.

Add to that a bit of a disaster when refitting a light switch after a painting job (we now need an electrician), and a new n thousaand Rand more quote from the flooring guy because the existing floor is such a state and you’ll perhaps understand why I am tolerating this new place at the moment, rather than enjoying it.

We’ll get there, but I do wonder how many more problems we’re likely to encounter before we actually arrive.

Day 455 – Bar

Here’s the latest new addition to the house, bought second hand from beyond the Boerewors Curtain and successfully heaved (almost) into place this evening.

OK, let’s start with the disclaimers. Cellphone shot, lighting needs work, bookshelf needs moving, fridge needs moving (we’ve got an old undercounter one for under the counter), and we need better barstools. At least, more than one.

But it’s a good start, and we can sort all those things out. Because on the plus side, this was a big chunk of our plan for the Games Room/Bar, and I can really see it coming together now.

It’ll be great… if we’re ever allowed to have parties again.

Day 439 – Leak

Another leaking water pipe. Our severalth since we moved not even four months ago. It’s a worrying trend.

This one is behind the wall in the garage. I know that it’s leaking because I can see the water coming through the wall into the garage and I can hear the water leaking and dripping behind the wall. We called the insurance company and they got a plumber round here this morning. I showed him where the leak was behind the wall in the garage, showed him the water coming through the wall, and we both listened and heard the water leaking and dripping behind the wall. He nodded sagely and agreed that there was a leaking pipe behind the wall in the garage.

He had a very fancy setup whereby he pumped a mix of hydrogen and nitrogen into the pipework, and then used a very fancy toy to detect where any of the gas was coming out of the pipework.

Just ten short minutes later, he had deduced that there was a leaking pipe behind the wall in the garage.

Incredible stuff.

It’s still leaking. Mainly behind the wall in the garage.
He’s going to send someone to fix it tomorrow.