Up the mountain

Nice little 9km morning hike on the mountain yesterday. I don’t usually get up early on a Sunday, but this was definitely worth the effort. What a pleasure.

Lovely sunrise, and great views across the misty Cape Flats before coffee and breakfast on a rocky outcrop near Rooikat Ravine.

Then back for a few jobs at home (including editing the photos: nothing too strenuous) before an evening braai.

What’s not to like?

Next cold front coming

More “Damaging winds” and “Disruptive rain” are expect today and this evening. The wind is already here, and while it hasn’t done any damage yet (that I know about, at least), you can see how it might, because it is quite strong and gusty. And those are two of the main attributes of wind that can cause damage. On the plus side, we did get a beautiful pre-frontal sunrise this morning, which my phone did its best to capture:

But didn’t really do it justice.

This cold front is not going to be as big as the last one, which – for the record – deposited a total of 154mm of rain into our back garden. That’s a lot, given that our annual rainfall here is 1150mm.
It also raised the Cape Town dam levels by a very welcome 5%. I’ve been doing some rudimentary calculations and that means that over the past few days, the net inflow into the dams comes in at 44,911,050,000 litres or 45 billion litres, give or take.

Your occasional reminder that a small percentage of a very big number is still a very big number.

According to my best sources, the rain will begin at about 8pm, peak around dawn tomorrow (poor Dawn), and continue on and off for most of Saturday, ruining any local rugby matches that you couldn’t buy tickets for anyway. Sunday, on the other hand, looks like it will be full of equal amounts of sunshine and freezing temperatures.

Have a lovely weekend.

This morning’s walk

Still getting out and getting exercise when I can in the autumn sunshine ahead of the frankly terrifying weather forecast this weekend.

The calf is improving, but walking feels much better than running at the moment. And yes, Cape Town has provided some amazing backdrops over the last few days, both in the morning and the evening.

This one is a quick and dirty unedited phone shot from this morning’s 4km wander around Bishopscourt and Claremont. Just because… well… just look at it.


It was at 7:23 local time here this morning.

And in the words of Douglas Adams:

Several billion trillion tons of superhot exploding hydrogen nuclei rose slowly above the horizon and managed to look small, cold and slightly damp.

A quote made for this image:

The early morning fog is already burning off, and we’re in for another sunny Autumnal day.

Have a good one, wherever you are.

Day 410 – A goodbye

Friends of ours emigrated to the UK this morning. Everyone seems to be emigrating at the moment. So much so that I’m wondering if we’re going to be the only people left here soon. Almost a case of “will the last ones out please switch off the light”, although that happens fairly regularly anyway. This particular emigration was foisted upon the family in question by the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m quite sure they’d still be happily here if it weren’t for the nastiness of the last 18 months.

But I digress.

I know how hard it is to leave friends, your family and your home country behind. I had a bit of last minute assistance in that regard in that the weather on my way down to Heathrow was absolutely filthy and most anyone who had the option to leave the country for sunnier climes would likely have done so as soon as they possibly could.
Cape Town was nowhere as near as helpfully persuasive this morning.

Eina. Fancy that being your last view (for a while, at least) of your hometown.

And then having to fly to Johannesburg. And then (eventually) to London. I mean, obviously, the place has its perks and positives, but sunrises over the Simonsberg like this? Not so much.

Good luck out there. I’ll keep the photos coming in case you miss the mountains.