These Easter Eggs are a No-Glow

We haven't had any blackouts here in our neck of Johannesburg for a while (fingers crossed, touch wood, famous last words), nevertheless South Africa is now fully prepared for Easter next week should the power go off. Load Shedding Easter Eggs are glow in the dark eggs.  Small torches are included in the box to … Continue reading These Easter Eggs are a No-Glow

Powerless and Powerless

Increasing numbers of South Africans have electricity meters at their properties. They are popular with landlords, because it forces the tenant to pay up front, thus avoiding nasty disputes about electricity bills during a tenancy. We didn’t realise our rental property came with one of these delightful pieces of equipment until after we had moved … Continue reading Powerless and Powerless

Load Shedding Meals: 1. Take Away

After being lulled into a false sense of load-sheddinglessness in recent weeks, it has returned with a vengeance. Having again resorted to emergency baked beans on toast cremated on full heat setting and dished up in the dark, I decided to think seriously about the alternative methods for providing a hot meal for the family, … Continue reading Load Shedding Meals: 1. Take Away

Now we’re Cooking with Gas

Why are we cooking with gas? Well, because of loadshedding. “There is good news and bad news. The bad news is the sh*t is about to hit the fan, the good news is the fan will be off due to load shedding*”, this is more of less the content of a close to the bone … Continue reading Now we’re Cooking with Gas

The Dark Continent

In the 19th century, maps of Africa charted the coastal areas, but the interior, as yet a mystery to European explorers, was left blank…or dark.  The romantic name ‘The Dark Continent’ was coined and is still used to this day although in our case we use it in a different context….. Earlier in the year, after … Continue reading The Dark Continent