Firstly, I’m in South Africa. There are lots of problems here, but I really love the country, and can’t imagine living somewhere else.
I’ll describe my home and office locations. My office location is on the outskirts of Pretoria. Our office used to be a house on a plot that was converted into offices. In the office itself I’m surrounded by computers and people who rarely speak, just typing and clicking away. They usually only talk on smoke breaks, and I don’t smoke. What is nice is if I take a break or make a personal call I can go outside and I’m surrounded by trees and birds singing. If I feel like talking to someone I go to one of the other departments (different parts of the house), because they are more talkative than the IT people.
Home is in Johannesburg. Interesting fact about Johannesburg, it is the biggest man made forest in the world and has over 10 million trees, even though it is a big city. Our house is on a big property in a quiet suburb of Johannesburg. Here is an aerial photo of where I stay.
The past 2 weekends were spent in the garden. Someone decided we need to fix our lawn. For a change the ‘someone’ with the bright idea was my husband, and not me. Our lawn consists mostly of wonderlawn, some weeds, a type of plant I only know as ‘suurtjies’ (Googled it now and looks like it could be Oxalis stricta) and a teeny bit of grass. We want a lawn with mostly grass.
Because the area was too big for poison we took out everything. A LOT more tiring than I thought it would be. The ground is very hard and it seemed that every time you put the garden fork in the ground you hit roots from the surrounding trees and plants.
We bought Berea (LM) grass seeds, and now we can only hope that it is not all eaten by birds. My other big fear is that 2 weeks from now it is covered in wonder lawn again, with no grass.
Here is a picture of the grass taken out. I just took a small photo with my phone because I was just too tired to fetch the camera. The little patches of grass in between were tests we did a while back to see if the Berea grass grows in our soil. And the area is a lot bigger than it looks on the photo.