5 August 2014 Earth: We had an earthquake, rare down here in South Africa; at least of this magnitude! Scared us all! It was felt over most of the country. We live about 80km away from the epicentre. We had a fair amount of damage.
25 August 2014: Fire! I was 50km away when we heard there was fire on the farm. Dreadful news; coming out of winter, the new grazing hasn’t come yet; no rains have come or are being forecast yet; everything is dry, dry, dry. Thankfully the harvest is in for the most part, at least on our farm. But the cattle and sheep are out in the fields. Our son was on his motorbike, and suddenly the wind turned; he was trapped in a corner of fenced field with fire on the other two sides, racing towards him. He was engulfed in smoke and flames. My husband saw it happening, helpless. Suddenly the motorbike burst through the flames and smoke at a mad speed. He is safe! The fires went on for 3 days
16 October 2014 Air: Sandstorms hit 4 Provinces of South Africa: Bloemfontein, Johannesburg, Pretoria all had amazing photos. We had a huge sandstorm at the farm too!
30 November 2014 Water: We had bright, hot sunshine in the morning. Then thunderclouds rolled in. The power went out, rain and hail pelted down for about 30 minutes, and it was a different world!
Yes, dramatic, scary, challenging and financially horrible!
Africa makes you strong!!!