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Baptism of Fire

Baptism of Fire

Its taken me 2 months and 16 days to finally put pen to paper (or should I say finger to keyboard).  Exactly that amount of time ago, I bundled two rather bewildered kids onto an aeroplane, said goodbye to our life in Cape Town and flew to King Shaka airport in KZN.   Met at the airport by my husband whom i had not seen in 6 weeks, we collected the animals from the Cargo Depot (nice) and set off for our new home.

The love story of how we got here before that, is for another time.

I think the image is appropriate because my intro into the area has been called by a few ……A Baptism of Fire !  Little did i know how symbolic these beautiful trees truly were.

~  First 10 days:   me, sick and tired as an old hound, my two boys lurched straight into a brand new school, fancy new uniform, crack of dawn start (7.15am at school – OMG!) and boxes.  220 brown boxes to unpack.  Woe was me.

But that was all easy compared to what was to come.

1st June – had 3 days of the most radical wind I have ever known in my life (and that is saying something coming from Cape Town).  I was no longer worried about the baddies lurking in the bushes (imaginery I hope) but the sheer power of Nature.  Respect!!

Everything I know has changed.  We now live on a river, in a thatched house with old septic tanks and weird electrical wires in places they perhaps shouldn’t be.  We have a frikken lightening conductor and some seriously ancient pine trees that are taller than the very tall lightening conductor.  Do the math!!  Two of these said trees have been struck by lightening (you can see the trail mark all the way up).  And they’re dead.  These must now come down, which is devastating as they house the most fabulous bird life.

During the storm, a large amount of thatch blew of the roof and the little boathouse at the river was almost totally destroyed (the roof anyway).  A large pine literally cracked in half and landed on the garage roof, one of the branches piercing straight through the corrugated iron.  No electricity, no cell phone reception – therefore no hot water, no lights, no showers, no bath, no security. Shriek.  No cellphone reception was the worst.  I felt completely isolated.

The great thing about this area – people help out.

Next up – HOW WE CAME TO MOVE TO THE KZN MIDLANDS and some (hopefully) inspiring images illustrating why we want to stay here :-).