"Self-sufficiency does not mean 'going back' to the acceptance of a lower standard of living. On the contrary, it is the striving for a higher standard of living, for food that is organically grown and good, for the good life in pleasant surroundings... and for the satisfaction that comes from doing difficult and intricate jobs well and successfully." John Seymour ~ Self Sufficiency 2003

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Misty Spring

We woke early on the farm last Sunday morning to a completely misty morning.

This is a photo of the sunrise which just begged me to take a photograph, albeit with my cell phone camera, as RSon had to take my camera to site with him.

It felt weird looking at the rising sun, which was only obscured by the mist, as opposed to an eclipse, or a veil of smoke from a veld fire.  Rather the mist than the fire though, any day.  I was amazed that the sun was able to shine so brightly through the mist - a seemingly perfect orb just suspended above the skyline.

Even the insects didn't escape the effects of the mist.

A spiders web, which I know had formed overnight, glistened with drops of water - yesterday I had been working in exactly that area - but that's for another posting... :)

And the locust climbing up the walls with it's young on its back...
We had seen a locust the day
before with two young on it's
back - in order of size as well :)
...and the (yellow!) slugs seemed to relish the experience.
Hmmm, I wonder what
these two slugs are up to...?
I have never seen yellow slugs before - they are a tad creepy :)  Or should that be creepier than normal slugs - not mad about either of them.

Don't you find that when mist drapes itself over everything, and surrounds you as you venture out into it, that your entire perception of your day ahead, yourself and even your awareness of life seems to change?  It's somehow mystical, cold and damp, and yet familiar, all enclosing and safe.  A quiet peacefulness seems to envelope everything.
RMan spent the previous day recycling
a clients old steel balustrade - which was in
perfectly good condition,
and perfect for our application :)
Slowly, slowly the mist cleared.  But not lifting from the bottom, rather compressing down and allowing the sky above to peep through.
The mist remained until noon, gathered tightly into the valleys, refreshing and replenishing all the plants there with its life giving liquid.

I felt so privileged - to witness such natural simple beauty and to experience such serenity.


  1. Beautiful pics, Dani. I agree, I do feel quieter and more peaceful in a mist. Yellow slugs!!! Never seen such a thing!

  2. Tami - Thank you :) I'm glad my phone camera made the grade.

    Wickets - You're welcome :)

  3. Banana slugs have crossed the Atlantic?!

  4. Elephant's Eye - Looks like it, doesn't it :)

    Emily - It was glorious :)

    Stitchin' Time - Thank you

  5. Elephant's Eye - They are apparently in Namaqualand : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQYDkwGYqDk

  6. Where do you think those strange yellow slugs came from? They'll certainly be easier to spot and get rid of though!

  7. I think you have Banana slugs on your hands - they're from the west coast of North America! I think you've got an immigration problem Dani ;)

  8. Tanya - South Africa has other immigration problems, too - like the UK LOL

    But I've discovered that there are banana slugs in Namaqualand - on the west coast of Western Cape (see the link I gave to Elephant's Eye)


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