Winter's dust and smoke is with us once again, which means that people suffering from sinusitis are doing good business with our local doctor and pharmacist.
Local residents find it impossible to keep their homes clean and must dust and sweep constantly. As soon as the next vehicle speeds down the road, the whole process starts again. Not all residents in the area realise that by slowing down there will be much less dust to deal with.
Generally, visitors passing through our area drive too fast, not realising that braking and negotiating corners needs extra driving skills on gravel. They tend to hog the middle of the road and show little consideration for pedestrians, cyclists or other road users, forcing them to give way to what often resembles an approaching tornado. Heaven forbid if you have to stop next to the road for some or other reason!
This is frustrating for farmers, as these drivers cover sheep, cattle and goats grazing in camps and hot houses next to the road in dust. If an oncoming car is spotted, slow down and move as far left as possible to ensure a wide enough gap between the vehicles. This reduces the risk of damage to windscreens and bodywork from flying stones and limits the clouds of dust kicked up behind you.
One wonders about the health risk to groups of cyclists who frequent our dirt roads over weekends. In addition, these cyclists also have the same problem as many other South Africans who don't remove their route indicators, placed everywhere on the road and fastened to trees along the way. Long after elections, auctions and the like, advertising boards still appear along roads. Local residents must then clean up afterwards.
Winter is, however, not just ugly and dusty. If you take time, you'll notice the most beautiful aloes in flower everywhere. Our members/readers are welcome to send us photos of flowering aloes. Winter is also soup time. Soup makes you warm and comforts you. So, chop up some veggies, and you'll have a tasty bowl of soup in two ticks. Get your grater, pour a glass of good wine and make your very own aromatic comfort food this winter! (Ed).