What was Hong Kong’s Biggest Super Typhoon Mangkhut like?

On our expat travels we've experienced a few hairy moments. There have been riots, petrol shortages, a political coup, contentious elections, minor earthquakes and an unexpectedly severe hail storm in Johannesburg. Now we can add Super Typhoon to the list. Toto, we are DEFINITELY not in Joburg any more. Typhoon Mangkhut blasted through Hong Kong on … Continue reading What was Hong Kong’s Biggest Super Typhoon Mangkhut like?

Child's sketch Mile High Living gives your zombie skin

Mile High Living: High Altitude Quirks

There are a few quirks to mile high living.  I covered the zombie skin you get during Johannesburg's crackling dry winter months in the post High Altitude, Dry Altitude, but there are are other things about life on the Highveld that you might be interested to know about.  Dry Altitude In addition to zombie skin, dehydration is something … Continue reading Mile High Living: High Altitude Quirks

Clouded Judgement?

Cloudy days are often considered less desirable than clear ones.  But I like cloudy skies and I've seen some stunning ones recently here in South Africa. For example, these sun kissed clouds are rather gorgeous. Then there are white clouds that contrast against otherwise blinding blue skies, which are also striking. My favourite clouds though, are the dark … Continue reading Clouded Judgement?

All Hail just Broke Loose in Johannesburg

Yes, you heard that right, hail storms are a thing in Johannesburg. I said all hail, not all hell. It WAS biblical. After weeks and weeks of rainlessness in Johannesburg and much of South Africa... After weeks of drought and water restrictions... All    hail    broke    loose. It was a week night. My … Continue reading All Hail just Broke Loose in Johannesburg

The Clowns are Fighting

I have a distinct childhood memory of standing by the back door in my parents’ 1970’s avocado and cream wallpapered kitchen during a storm, my eyes raking the sky expectantly for giant clowns.  “The clouds are fighting” is what mum had actually said to explain away the roaring thunder. We’re at the very tail end … Continue reading The Clowns are Fighting

Four Seasons in One Day

Being British, it’s long overdue that I conform to my cultural stereotype and talk about the weather.  Despite living here in the Rainbow Nation, I think rainbows are just about the only weather phenomenon we have not yet experienced.  We have shivered on cold and frosty mornings.  We have sizzled, like sausages on a braai, under the baking … Continue reading Four Seasons in One Day

Arctic Africa

So the talk of the town is the cold front that has whipped up here on chilly Cape Town winds.  Winter is here. Just to be clear, before I in anyway mock the Jo'burg attitude to winter.  I am not referring to the masses living in flimsy accommodation with limited or no utilities.  I am extremely appreciative to … Continue reading Arctic Africa