Rain.

Hello,

It’s been raining! Not like the biblical proportions, Noah experienced and we had dreamed of, but enough rain to raise the reservoir levels significantly. I hope that a priest has done his part and blessed the rains.

Some folks have been asking how are we coping and wondering what’s the latest on day zero.  As I mentioned here, day zero was pushed back to 2019, but the water restrictions remain in place. That was a few months ago so it’s time for a quick update.

As of today, the overall reservoir levels are at 43.3%. This is remarkable because we’ve gone from 20% water reserves in April, with only 10% of that usable. The city’s reserves are actually above 2016 levels. This is really amazing because July and August are the historically wettest months. So we could end up in an even better position.

In spite of the rain, the city is keeping the water restrictions in place. I expect that they will loosen the restrictions once dam levels get nearer to 60%. The city is also continuing to build desalination plants, and work on other water projects.  The rain, water usage restrictions, and projects to add capacity appear to be working as you can see in this video.

Auf Wiedersehen

Time flies

Wow!  it’s been 4 months since we arrived in Cape Town. I guess it’s true that time flies when you’re having fun.  So it’s time for a quick update.

Even though it’s been four months there are still moments when we forget we are in South Africa. I think part of that is how western a city Cape Town is. A friend has described it as “Africa-lite”.  I have to agree that they are pretty spot on.

So far we’ve only been able to a small amount of sight seeing, we are planning on doing a lot more.  At the top of our bucket list is to do a safari. We also want to see Victoria Falls and Namibia

So far we have taken two trips to Cape Point. The first trip was cut a little short due to a badly sprained ankle. I wore proper shoes and watched where I was walking to ensure trip 2 wasn’t terminated prematurely. We’ve also taken a few trips to the Winelands of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek and had some really good wines.  Pinotage is a  South African varietal we’ve enjoyed.

We’ve seen some of the African wildlife such as: ostriches, penguins, seals, baboons, dassie, and Kudu.

We hope to go on further adventures and see some more of Africa shortly. As we are entering into winter hopefully we’ll have more opportunities. But we know how quickly time flies.

 

Until next time enjoy these pictures from Cape Point.