Replacing the windows in Riviersonderend

The house had the original steel frame windows, the glass covered in bomb proofing plastic. As the plastic aged, it became opaque and bubbles formed. The plastic was impossible to remove, the frames were starting to disintegrate, so we decided to replace them.
First you have to remove the windows.

Nearly out

Out

 

Side Windows ready to be removed
Kitchen windows out
New windows going in.
In and plastered
From inside – the protective plastic still in place
Plastering the door in
Bathroom window going in.
Finished.

The Great Tree Planting

An old Greek proverb says that civilisation is when old men plant trees that they may never get to sit under. I am getting early so that I can sit under the trees. Seriously though, we managed to germinate 18 Kei Apple trees and 10 spek boom (Portulacaria afra) in Gardens for planting in Riviersonderend.

Ready to travel
In the nursery
Spekboom (Portulacaria afra) are excellent at carbon sequestration and are so easy to grow.

Exploring a tin of Brooklax

I went scratching in some old boxes and found a tin labelled Brooklax. Now for those of you who do not know, Brooklax was or possibly still is a laxative.
The tin rattled when I shook it. So I opened it and found an amazing treasure trove.
Hint: Note the dates on the coins and yes, I know it is illegal to damage coins, but somehow I don’t think anyone is gonna pursue me for damaging these coins.
So join me in an exploration of a tin of Brooklax.

Tie Pin
President Paul Kruger
The oldest of the lot.
This is a really historic coin. The Renten Mark of which this coin is fraction was issued to try to halt Inflation in 1923. The attempt failed utterly.

Lunar Eclipse 21 January 2019

There was a total lunar eclipse in in January this year but being in Cape Town we would only see the start before it slipped below the horizon.
I was not convinced it would be worth my while but in the end it turned out to be quite a good call to get up at 4:30 and head up to Signal Hill.

The start of the eclipse
Changing coluur
Blood moon starting
Hitting the horizon
During the eclipse a boat when through and provided an art photo.

East Cape Painting

I was requested to do a painting a of a group of women in the Eastern Cape. I agreed, not realising the complexity of the task.

Well, the women are painted, it is just the background and now I am not sure how to proceed.

It is that huge mountain in the background that is the problem. I have several ideas, but am battling. Oh well, I will sort it out eventually.

Visit to Riviersonderend – 11 November 2018

I visited the Riviersonderend house in the first week of November 2018 because the water tanks had been vandalised by the local children looking for cold water to play in. James Hill did a nifty repair for me and all I had to do was nod and look impressed. Which I did and was. He found a tiny person to climb into the tank and hold the other end of the tap.

And he also trimmed back the hedge that had been encroaching on the road, let alone the sidewalk.

He also cleaned a bit of the back garden for a vegetable garden.

The tanks have been providing a necessary support to the garden as you can see in the following pictures. Especially the Tecomas brought back from extinction.

And my coral trees are doing just fine.

Rose carpet doing well.And the grapes.

My struggling tree likes the special attention too

A welcome flowering from the jasmine, despite being neglected