Post Overberg Fires

The past few weeks a surface with the surface of the Cape Peninsula (Cape Town) went up in flames in the Overberg. It did not get into the national news for the journos/editors in the Mother City seemingly think that South Africa ends at the Hottentots Mountains 50 km East of Cape Town ( 😀 ). News in South Africa is very relative by the way. Good (investigate) journalists who go the extra mile are nowadays a rarity but that’s another story. Anyway I just made a photo-collage of the destructive fires. All property and agricultural crops/livestock saved; thanks to the (local) fire fighters amongst them numerous volunteers; all provided with food and drinks by other local people. In our village a team of 5+ volunteers kept themselves busy buttering bread (etc.) and distributing it to the several spots where the fire fighters were in action. That’s what I call ‘community spirit’. Yes; it’s there in South Africa: people of different walkabouts standing together for a common goal. If only the politicians could follow that example…. 😉

Post-Overberg-Fires

Quinces

Although originating from South West Asia many people in this area think that the quince is native to this country (South Africa) but what can you expect in a country where even conservation officials and (local wannabe) politicians are not always well educated and approve the dump of asbestos and other hazardous materials in a nature reserve …. But whatever; the quince tree in our garden produces unattractive (for the eye) fruits but once these are peeled, cooked and blended they resemble the taste of a delicious apple sauce. Add a bit of cinnamon and it combines well with boiled potatoes and a steak. Bon Appetit!

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