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Better view with the naked eye: My camera only managed to capture this crooked looking full moon...

Better view with the naked eye: My camera only managed to capture this crooked looking full moon…

 

This full moon had been building up over the last couple of days and because Cape Town has such clear air, the visibility of it is amazing.

From the dog park the views over Cape Town, Table Mountain and the Harbour are stunning. But yesterday night the moon outshone all of that: Huge and massive it rose over the Hottentots Holland Mountains, so close to earth, as if it was possible to pluck it from the sky.

Because of the angle of the moon to the earth, in South Africa it looks like a bunny sits in the crescent rather than the face of the ‘man in the moon’. The detail was incredible. Fat and round sat the moon like a big cheese looking down from heaven. The moonlight was so bright, it lit up the scenery in a silver shimmer.

The more astonished I was to see this wonderful full moon crooked by the time I showed it to my husband at home.

I blinked my eyes, and then some more, because there was something covering the moon.

The night sky was clear and the wind was still strong, so it couldn’t be a cloud.

It puzzled my brain: I knew we had a full moon, yet, I couldn’t see it because it was partially blocked, by what?

A quick Google search revealed that it was earth’s shadow, creating a partial lunar eclipse, visible from Cape Town at excellent conditions.

 

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One of the tiles we found in our garden dates back to 1901 - 1911.

One of the tiles we found in our garden dates back to 1901 – 1911.

 

Marked “De Baudour, Oscar Gerard, Directeur” on the inside, and “Ste ANme de Produits Refractaires & Ceramiques” around the outside of the circular emblem.

According to the Western Australian Museum: refractory, dark grey ceramic, made in Belgium.

As per iCollector.com: De Baudour opened as a pottery factory in southern Belgium in 1842 under Francois Declercq. Oscar Gerard was Director from 1901 to 1911, dating these tiles to that time period.

The question is when did these tiles make it to South Africa?

And: Are these tiles relics from The Broken Palace?

If you know more, please get in touch: TrulyJuly@web.de 🙂

 

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Hi, you’re back from the Eastern Cape?

 

Yes, my mom put all her money together to buy me a train ticket.

 

So you’re back to living rough on the abandoned plot?

 

Yes, but it’s not nice. It’s all new people now.

 

Hm, I don’t really understand why you came back in the first place?

 

Do you have 5 Rand?

 

Sorry, we don’t keep any cash, especially since the robbery.

 

Oh, I didn’t know. You got robbed?

 

Yes… It’s South Africa for all of us.

 

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Do you need a plastic bag?

 

No thanks. I do need a clear bag though for the chicken.

 

Please help yourself.

 

Would you know if this chicken was frozen?

 

Frozen? I don’t think so.

 

It’s just, it’s really cold.

 

Maybe it got cold on its way here, it’s so cold out there!

 

Lol, like it got frozen when they were driving over the mountains, there is currently snow up there!

 

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In my Indiana Jones quest to clean out our garden so we can grow veggies, I came across this apartheid relic: Two coins from the 1950s.

 

South African coins from the apartheid era. Left: 3 Pence from 1951, and Right: Quarter Penny from 1953.

South African coins from the apartheid era. Left: 3 Pence from 1951, and Right: Quarter Penny from 1953.

 

Left: 3 Pence coin from 1951, Silver, King George VI third series (1951–52).

 

Right: Quarter Penny coin from 1953, Brass, Queen Elizabeth II series (1953–60).

 

Could this be a time reference? Was it maybe in the 1950s that The Broken Palace got destroyed? If you know more, please get in touch: TrulyJuly@web.de 🙂

 

 

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#MoopSwoop Find: Ornamental bead wire cross

#MoopSwoop Find: Ornamental bead wire cross

 

Doing my weekly #MoopSwoop, I found this ornamental bead wire cross.

I’m not Christian, so I was wondering what the meaning of the cross actually is, and came across this:

 

The Latin Cross

also called the Roman, Protestant, Western or Plain Cross

Latin Cross

The Latin cross (crux ordinaria) is a stipe (upright post) with a patibulum (horizontal beam) inserted at right-angles. It is a symbol of Christianity even though it was used as a Pagan symbol for millennia before the foundation of the Christian Church.

As a Pagan symbol it has been found in China and African countries. It appears on Scandinavian Bronze Age stones depicting the destructive hammer of Thor, their god of thunder and war. It is regarded a magical symbol, bringing good luck and diverting evil. Rock carvings of the cross have been interpreted as a solar symbol, or a symbol of earth with its points representing north, south, east, and west. 

To alchemists, the cross was a symbol of the four ‘classical elements’: air, earth, fire, water. Elsewhere, the cross variously symbolised health, fertility, life, immortality, the union of heaven and earth, spirit and matter, the sun and the stars.

 

That sounds good enough for me to keep it as a good omen and hang it up somewhere in our garden. 🙂

 

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Wasser ist kostbar. Wir müssen jeden Tropfen sparen! - Water is precious. We need to save every single drop!

Wasser ist kostbar. Wir müssen jeden Tropfen sparen!

 

Seit Beginn 2016 haben wir nun schon Wasserrestriktionen in Kapstadt, und seitdem wird es schlimmer und schlimmer.

 

Kapstadt ist auf Regenfall angewiesen, um die Dämme aufzufüllen. Der Regen kommt aber schon seit letztem Jahr nicht mehr, zumindest nicht genug.

 

So sind wir nun seit dem 1. Februar 2017 bei Wasserrestriktion 3B angelangt, und Level 4 droht uns ab dem 1. Juni bevorzustehen.

 

Wir haben ja alle die Warnungen gehört: Noch gehen die Kriege um Öl, der nächste Weltkrieg geht um Wasser.

 

Aber in Europa ist das doch immer alles noch sehr weit weg vom tatsächlichen Leben.

 

Hier in Kapstadt ist es bereits Realität:

 

Die Wasserrestriktionen bedeuten, dass Wasserverbrauch über den Mindestwert teuer ist.

 

Reiche können also weiterhin Wasser vergeuden, aber das ist ok in dem Sinne, dass sie die sehr nötige Überholung der Wasserinfrastruktur in Kapstadt finanzieren.

 

Der von Kapstadt empfohlene Mindestwert liegt derzeit bei 100 Litern pro Person pro Tag.

Zum Vergleich: Deutschland ist bei einem Allzeit-Niedrigwert von 122 Litern pro Person pro Tag.

 

Es wäre also auch für den effizienten Deutschen ein wenig unkomfortabel, den täglichen Wasserbrauch auf 100 Liter pro Tag zu reduzieren.

 

Hier in Kapstadt haben uns bereits daran gewöhnt:

 

Wir gießen nur noch mit unserem dreckigen Abwaschwasser.

Frisches Wasser zum Blumengießen? – Luxus!

 

Wir ziehen nicht mehr ab, wenn es sich nur um ein kleines Bedürfnis handelt. Und wenn wir spülen, dann wird der Toilettenkanister mit Grauwasser gefüllt.

Mit Trinkwasser die Toilette spülen? – Absoluter Luxus!

 

Unsere Waschbecken, Duschen und Badewannen stehen voll mit Eimern und Kanistern, um jeden Tropfen zu sammeln.

Das Wasser nur einmal gebraucht einfach so in den Abfluss laufen zu lassen? – Luxus!

 

Vielleicht regnet‘s ja bald mal wieder in Kapstadt und wir können unser Wasser wieder wie üblich ver(sch)wenden.

 

Vielleicht werden wir aber alle doch schneller als gedacht lernen müssen, wie kostbar Wasser wirklich ist.

 

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