It never rains but it pours

It is about one and a half week ago now that my most recent post appeared. It was rather an eventful period here, to put it mildly. It started when my wife was run down by one of the dogs, resulting in a hip replacement last Friday. Fortunately she is back home now again.
In the same period my C: drive started to pack up after not much more than 1.5 years of use. As most of you will know, installing a hard drive per se is not a big deal, but after this you are left with a lot of problems: missing programs, software that suddenly needs an activation code you cannot find etc., etc.  When it was found out that the motherboard also did not work properly, the whole circus started all over again. I’d rather be in the field looking for plants, but that will have to wait for a while, I’m afraid.
Anyway, now you know the reason why, if my posting should be a bit erratic for some time.

Haemanthus crispus

Yeah, yeah, I know this is not a succulent, but as most succulentophiles like other plants as well, I decided to smuggle this one in for a change. If you don’t like what you see, you can just move on.
This bulbous plant occurs abundantly throughout Namaqualand from Steinkopf southwards to the Olifants River.
The photos were taken between Garies and Hondeklipbaai on 31 March 2012. The beautifully undulated leaves are usually present  from March till October.

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Online again

After just over two weeks, Telkom has seen fit to connect me to the Internet again. Thank you, thank you.
Last week they sent a technician to  restore my telephone connection and today they sent another one to do the ADSL part.  It must be wonderful to have a monopoly, especially on such a vital component of modern life. As their “valued customer” you can moan and groan as much as much as you want, but in the end you just have to accept what is thrown at you. Anyway, all is well that ends well. Or so they say.

Temporary interruption

This week my wife and I will move house from Calitzdorp in the centre of the Little Karoo to Montagu, its westernmost town.
For a plantsman like me that is exciting, because there is a whole new lot of plants to be discovered and photographed. For you it hopefully means that you will be treated to a variety of pictures of new and different succulents.
The bad news is that because of lack of cooperation between Telkom, the telephone company and Mweb, the ISP, we will not have an Internet connection for some time. How much time?  “Time will tell”. Anything from a few days to a few weeks it seems.
I keep my fingers crossed and will start publishing new posts as soon as I can.
Thank you for your patience.