We have had some very bad thunderstorms and very heavy rains lately. Last Saturday, after a heavy downpour, I took this photo of our garden. The water just could not run off quicker than it was falling. If you have never lived in a dry region you will not understand the joy that this sight gave me. What a blessing!
On our way to work, we travel through the Nylsvlei Foodplain every day. This is one of the two major floodplains in South Africa and one of the most popular destinations for bird lovers from all over the globe. Once a year (if we are lucky and enough rain falls) it turns into a 7 kilometer wide "river" just outside my home town, until all the water runs off into the Mokgalakwena river that eventually empties into the Limpopo river, many hundreds of kilometers away. The floodplain stretches over a distance of approximately 60 kilometers. We have all been watching and waiting for it to start flooding and when we came home yesterday, this is the sight that greeted us. Beautiful, isn't it?
If the good rains continue, even the grass will soon be covered. The photo does not do justice to the colours. The green of the grass and the blue and white of the sky reflected in the water.
It was not possible for us at work to celebrate HIV/AIDS day on Monday, 1 December, but we held our celebrations yesterday. The incidence of HIV/AIDS in my country and especially in our region, is extremely high and every year we lose a number of friends and family to this dreadful disease. That is why this day plays such a major role in our community. The day was started with a play created and performed by a group of our workers and it was a big success. Although it carried a serious message, it was mostly hilarious with very serious and sad scenes thrown in. It was followed by a performance of our choir as well as a group of young boys from local church who performed a gumboot dance. The last act for the day, before the candle lighting ceremony (which is always rather sad as we remember all those who have passed on during the year as well as those suffering from full blown AIDS) two of our young guys sang a duet. They just sang the words "For Thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory, Hallelujah, Amen" in English and in Sotho, but they did it in the true African way, repeating it several times in different voices and keys... so beautiful that I had to hunt for a tissue to save my dignity. All in all a very enjoyable, beautiful and moving experience. This photo is of the candles for the ceremony looking down on it from the stage.
Last, but not least, Dogmatix asked if she and the pups could be part of this post just to show off how beautiful and cute they are.
The smallest now weighs 210 grams and the biggest weighs 230 grams.
Oh dear, how am I going to get myself to give them away?