|Rainfall figures for 2015 - with comparisons to previous year(s)|
As you can see we have had record months of rain this year for June, July and September.
August's total was lower than last year - but because it wasn't hot, the garden didn't suffer.
But, now our rain tanks, and our dam, are all overflowing - again.
RMan managed to get the concrete base done for one of the two extra rainwater tanks we purchased a couple of weeks ago and we pumped water from the other overflowing tanks into the new one. We have positioned those tanks near the fruit trees - that, together with the solar pump, will allow us to easily water the fruit trees / grape vines without too much hassle nor having to pull 100mtr inflexible hosepipes around.
All the tanks are now overflowing, and the dam too.
|Two days after the rain the water is still flowing|
into the dam :)
We noticed that two bushes next to our front entrance steps, which normally get hit by the frost (i.e. the leaves go black/brown and shrivel up) in winter, are both fine. Just shows you that we had no frost this winter. Not too sure what that will mean for the fruit on our fruit trees...
The fruit is starting to appear on the fruit trees, and on the grape vines too, but will it set? We'll just have to wait and see.
Watching the weather report on the news at nighttime, the northern part of South Africa are already being exposed to temperatures in excess of 33 - 34°C. In mid-September??? That's crazy - what are the temperatures going to be like in the hotter months of summer (Jan - March)???
The chickens are doing well - DeeDee is producing an egg a day - which allowed me to take 6 to Cape Town with me to give to RSon. He can't conceive how chickens can lay an egg every day - "does production of the next egg start as soon as she has laid one?" I can't wait for him to cook one of those eggs so that he can see how "firm" and tight the white albumen is, and how incredibly yellowy-orange the yolk is. What we have been eating as 'free-range' eggs before has no comparison.
Other than that, we are extremely busy with our business (with great gratitude) and that is consuming most of my time. So much for retiring to our smallholding... But, I'd rather we were busy than scratching to find work.
But, it does limit the news I have to share with you all. And, it limits my visiting your blogs too.
Today, I am taking some time off work, and am planning to get into my veggie patches to do some very necessary weeding. I have planted (and replanted) tomato seeds in various places but nothing seems to be coming up - or has it? I have a sneaky feeling that DeeDee and DumDum are eating the "wrong" things i.e. luscious tomato seedlings. So I have started yet more seedlings - but this time they are on my kitchen windowsill... That should thwart the chickens :)
I'll be chatting to you later in the week - hopefully. Until then, enjoy yourselves :)