After the Fire

Renee and I went up into Fernkloof this morning to see first hand the effects of the fire.  It was good to see that, as usual, the forest areas survived apart from some scorching around the edges.

The Extent of the Fire

I have managed to work out more or less the extent of the fire that burnt in Fernkloof on Sunday and Monday and it is shown on the attached image.  We can now look forward to a great array of wonderful new botanical specimens, especially since the rain that occurred yesterday morning and put the fire out, will have already started the new germination process.

Fire outline
The extent of the Fernkloof fire

Christmas 2015

I would like to wish all my readers a very peaceful and blessed Christmas. May 2016 be a year in which all your dreams come true and you are filled with joy and happiness, and know success in whatever you turn your hand to.  There has been too much horror and misery in 2015 and we can only hope that all those whose lives are not as fortunate as ours, will find peace and stability, and a future to look forward to.  Let us be positive and kind to all those around us and they will hopefully feel the same.May07 004 a

A night of Fire

The fire continued to rage through the night.  Fortunately there was no wind so it spread slowly eastwards.  I took a few photographs during the night from our bedroom and by this morning most of the mountain was a blackened hulk.  The wind has picked up and the fire will no doubt continue for quite a while; certainly until it reaches the smaller vegetation in a previously burnt section of the mountain.

Fire in Fernkloof

Our favourite walking area is burning.  A fire started this morning; no doubt as a result of some careless smoker, or perhaps deliberately.  By this afternoon the helicopter was dousing it with water but it is now burning out of control and will soon have destroyed many hectares of fynbos.  Of course, this is not all bad news as the veld needs a fire every 12 to 14 years, but it is, nevertheless, sad to see the destruction and one feels for the animals that have lost their environment, or even their lives. Tomorrow will reveal the full extent of the damage, as it will no doubt burn through the night and spread over a very large area.  The pictures below are from our house.

Greater Hermanus and Surrounds

I live in Eastcliff, Hermanus, in one of the most beautiful places in South Africa, occupying, as it does, the narrow strip of land between the mountain and the sea.  It is not surprising, therefore, that I like to use Google Earth to get a bird’s eye view of my home.

I don’t know how we managed before Google Earth – it is such a useful tool for looking at the world, and it is evident from other posts on this site, that I use it often.