I am prompted to write this following a strange happening yesterday. It is winter in the
, and it had been raining for much of the morning
and the previous night, but in the afternoon the wind had dropped to a serene
calm – not enough to stir the wind chimes on my porch. I was watching one of
the few local satellite Olympics channels, when the wind chimes started ringing
out their music – something these particular chimes had not done for many a
day, since the sail and clapper had been missing for some time. I decided to
investigate this weird occurrence and peered out through the window. Eastern
Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Thursday, 12 July 2012
|The New Look|
It's now a couple of months since Liz returned to the States to stay with her daughter - I will follow just as soon as I have sold the farm. Speaking of which, I decided to carry out a bit of a face lift on its exterior. I had been quoted R23,000 by a traveling decorator from Natal a couple of years ago - no doubt a quote today would be far more. Well, I hired a local man (actually he also doubles as the local preacher ) , who gave me a quote for the complete job for R750 (labor only). I supplied the materials and hardware and Headman got to work at the end of last month - he finished the job yesterday, and as a result what was a dirty pink color that had been untouched for more than 20 years is now a pristine white with a gray trim. Total cost R1,150 for materials and R1,000 for labor (I gave him a bonus of R250), one tenth of what was originally quoted. The sole object of this exercise is to try to get the farm sold a little quicker.
|The Old Look|
If by chance you're interested in more details you can see them here. I'm very happy with the results.