Storm over Chapman’s Peak
An explosion of heavy storms has shaken the Cape of Good Hope – which is the famous ‘Cape of Storms’ – over the past 48 hours. Just when spring is in full swing, painting the magical garden with magnificent colours, these chimeras start a mad dance around Chapman’s Peak before they come slashing down along its flanks and have a feast ripping it all apart. Just that they aren’t illusions, they are real.
While we all held our breaths when the temperatures dropped from 33 to 15 degrees within just a few hours, in the desperate hope of much-needed rains, and we rejoiced when we got a little, which was a great relief for the heavily battered garden, it’s far beyond what Cape Town needs! This means that we will have to continue on 87 litres of water per head maximum until . . .
The damage has been massive . . . and the rain minimal down here in Noordhoek, South of Cape Town. Our dam is almost empty. And this after the ‘winter rains’.
Meanwhile, the sun is shining, smiles are creeping back on worried faces, and resiliant as always, we South Africans get back up and move forward again!
Three years through the worst drought we’ve ever seen down here, we still hope it will change and a miracle happens. And it will!