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A little more sun

A little more sun
We've had an awesome few days of warm winter sun, but alas, the cold air and rain is just around the corner again.

It's not that I'm not happy that we're getting rain (goodness knows, we need it), it's just that I'd really like for it to be sunny and warm in our rainy season. Oh, right, that kind of weather is the kind our northern provinces enjoy. :(

Sparkling reeds

Sparkling reeds
The sparkling light through the reeds is really beautiful, don't you think? Isn't it a shame that our eyes don't capture light quite like this? True, our eyes to a better and more useful job, but I'm sure you can't deny that a camera's limitations and properties often do produce awesome effects.

Last of the leaves

Bright orange vine leaf
The vineyards in our area are more or less carrying the last of their autumn orange-brown leaves. This particular vine grows in our back garden, on our patio's fringe. It's an old plant, established by the garden's original owner.

Looking at the leaf's veins - I wonder if a palm-reader could tell me anything about the plant, it's wine-producing potential, or perhaps its future in our garden. :)

The poisonous Frangipani

The poisonous Frangipani
It's well-known to those with green-fingers that, while the flowers are pretty, the white sap that bleeds from Frangipanis is highly poisonous. So, if you're ever tempted to pick these flowers for your wife, girlfriend, or mother, be sure that they know to be careful not to get too intimate with the sticky white sap. Mothers-in-law? Well, that's a whole other matter. :) (Only kidding, I have agreat mother-in-law, btw.)

Wet roads and sunshine

Wet roads and sunshine
In yesterday's post I mentioned how dangerous slippery and wet roads can be. Something that this photo illustrates is how dangerous it can be to drive when the sun comes out after the roads have been rained wet.

I find it a little stressful to drive in unfamiliar places when the sun's glare on the road completely obliterates the markings and forces me to squint. Similarly, driving at night on unfamiliar wet roads into the bright lights of oncoming traffic is another thing that I really don't enjoy.

Don't you just hate driving in conditions like this? Wouldn't it be awesome if the rain would leave the roads alone and stick to falling on mountains, fields and in our gardens?

Remember to be smart and drive slower in poor conditions and when you can't see road markings clearly. Be safe and arrive alive.

Sunglasses, an African imperative

Sunglasses, an African imperative
I wouldn't even consider venturing out on a sunny day without sunglasses. The bright glare of the sun is so intense that I'm practically guaranteed of a headache of migraine severity if I spend any longer than thirty minutes in the sun without my trusty sunnies.

Most people are wise enough to buy sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection - I've even gone to the point of only buying only glasses with polarised lenses because (besides for reducing the brightness) they help reduce the glare from the road, water, or beach sand.

As someone I knew once said, you only have two eyes, so buy proper sunglasses. I don't know about you, but I reckon that's a pretty fair statement.