Marvelling at the Sunrise


Today was the day…

I marvelled at the sunrise. Such an unusual display of bright pink and red, followed 20 minutes later of a brighter sky with less colour.

This was about 6:50am – fishing boat and Venus in sight.

This was 7:10am

 It was another super-calm morning and one on which I was determined to swim. I did my 2km in water that was chillier than last time. I love swimming in the ocean. I just don’t love the idea of sharks being there first and with a fatal shark attack in Plettenberg Bay less than 48 hours previously, it was at the forefront of my mind. As someone on the beach commented the sharks would have no difficulty making the trip to Fish Hoek. The difference? Well, the water temperature to start – it’s about 4-5 degrees warmer in Plett. Plettenberg Bay can see a sea water temperature of up to 19C in June.  Then secondly, we have Orca whales (aka killer whales that prey on great white sharks) and they have been seen in False Bay. If I were throwing money at any project to prevent great whites from biting people, my project would be an Orca breeding programme.  People who swim in the sea love to hear the great whites have left False Bay. People who walk on the shore love to hear the great whites are back in False Bay. There were 2 spotted in December last year off Strandfontein, but none (that I’ve heard) since. Also, I read an interesting story of how some years ago,  a university in the US came over to do some research. They gathered the seal scat off seal island (in False Bay) and examined the stress hormone found in it. After the sharks disappeared from the bay, they repeated the exercise and found the stress hormone of seals was 75% less than the years before. Seals are also happy the sharks have left.

I worked close to 7 hours today. Last day of June – I’ve worked a full 160 hour month. Tomorrow, we start again.

Mike assembling dinner – simple fare tonight – baked potatoes with cream cheese and veggies.

Zechariah 14:9
The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and His name the only Name.

The best is yet to come – we are only passing through.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂


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