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
We did extensive upgrades on the house in Riviersonderend. One thing we really needed to do was the floors which were rotting
Follow the process if you dare.
First you tear up the floor.
Then you have a large hole, which you line with sand, lime and plastic
Then you put bearers and joists in.
And you end up with something that looks like this
Then you lay the floor boards. This done for us by genius floor person Munier Davids
After sanding and three coats of varnish you get something like this
I got to Riviersonderend to discover that Spring had indeed arrived.
Budlieha in full bloom.
Old Rose in full bloom
Jasmine in full bloom
White stink wood
Grapes in leafy splendor
The floors in our house in Riviersonderend were rotting so we needed to replace them. Follow us on a floor replacement journey with Tertius and Reggie.
Starting the lift.
The dry rot is easily seen here:
Building the pillars and cutting the joist holes
Bitumin and plastering.
Then sand and more bitumin
Plastic and lime, then the bearers
Nearly finished the bearers
And it was snowing outside.
There is some great art on the walls of Cape Town. Here are some I found today. As I find more I will add them. More murals here.
This one is a cheat. I actually saw it in Riviersonderend.
Sunshine after rain always makes for some really spectacular pictures.
An animated gif of a sunset with clouds.
Saw this graffiti near an ATM in Riviersonderend. I wonder if it is a comment on the stability of banks or just happenstance?
We were driving between Stormsvlei and Riviersonderend along the dirt road, not realising that the road was flooded. Admittedly the road had been flooded
but we didn’t realise the road was actually closed until I saw this in the rearview mirror.
More pictures here