I have been clearly told that I haven’t updated this blog for awhile. Life has been a bit hectic recently and revolved more around The Plot than traveling around Bots.
Well 2 months behind – disgusting 🙂 This page is now updated, see https://ourbots.wordpress.com/letlhakane-weather/
After a good rainy season (roughly 400mm) the rain seems a thing of the past and winter is creeping in. Days are warm at around 30C, evenings are getting chilly and the mornings FREEZING – 16C this morning.
From The Farmyard
The goats and sheep are all well, but with the bush turning we are needing to supplement their food more and more. We have even had to build a shed to keep up with supplies.
We have our first chicken eggs (6), first lemons and mealies (corn on the cob).
Letlhakane Police Station Commander, Michael Maphephu, stated that there are 10 people who need to be rescued from Lekhubu Island in the Makgadikgadi area.
“The area is surrounded with floods as we speak. And the people who are stuck there are people who work in the area. We are waiting for the BDF chopper so we can help them by airlifting them to Matshumu village,” he said.
Maphephu further noted that the Lekhubu area will only be accessible by vehicles after 6 to 8 months.
At last the good rains have come. In the last 10 days we have had close to 200mm in Letlhakane at our house and 300mm on The Plot, just outside Letlhakane towards Lekhubu Island.
The great news is that it is still raining and it looks like rain for the rest of the week.
If you are planning to go to Lekhubu Island (Kubu Island) or Central Kalahari Game Reserve be careful and properly equipped.
We got 5 chickens on Christmas Eve, 4 females and 1 male. The 4 females (hens) all looked exactly the same, all black with white flecks and an orangy/ yellow face. The cock is silver with black flecks.
Now as all our animals have names it was very difficult in differentiating between the hens to name them. The cock was easy and we named him Spatch (after spatchcock – “a chicken split open and grilled”).
Over time it has become easier to recognise certain differences amongst the hens. For example one females leg is a bit deformed – so she is known as Drumstick. Then a darker and slightly smaller one is Kay (after KFC).
A 2 1/2 month old lamb.
We are well into our rainfall season and it has been a strange season. Good rains in October were followed by dismal rains in November. Not bad rain in December meant that for the first 3 months of our rainy season we were ahead in the figures.
January was pitiful and apart from the last 4 days of the month we got nothing. The lack of rain was also combined with heat waves. Of course our air-conditioner decided to pack up at the same time.
We have heard that this month we are going to get good rains, even flooding. I have updated our weather page for those interested.
Faith makes all things possible, hope makes all things work out well, love makes all things beautiful. May you have all three this Christmas
Merry Christmas from Pete, Sue and our furry family