Quote:"We sleep easy in the soft arms of cliches: hope for the best, prepare for the worst; risk varies inversly with knowledge; it's a waste of time to think about the unthinkable. But Japan shook those soothing assumptions. No amount of planning, no skills or specs or spreadsheets, can stop the force that moves the planet". Nancy Gibbs, Time, March 28, 2011.
As a rule I don't follow the news, I have no TV, don't listen to the radio, but when something like the earthquake in Japan happens I buy Time magazine. But of everything said about the earthquake I think this was the truest!. We can but admire the courage and stoicism of the Japanese and pray for them.
The quote set me thinking, my life hangs by a thread and as I get older that thread becomes more and more frayed. I'm not in as much control as I like to think, all my savings, pension plan, medical aid, are not going to help one bit if God decides to close my account tonight. Just a thought.
About 25km from where I live is Nthabamhlophe, White mountain. White mountain stands separate and in front of the Berg proper. White mountain is about 2000 meters high, with a flat top. Just behind the mountain is a popular Berg resort the White mountain Inn, every year a very popular music festival is held there, with bands, musicians and singers from all around the country arriving to perform to people who have arrived from all around the country.
Just south of Giants Castle is a ridge of jagged looking peaks, one of these peaks is called Ntunja, the eye. Just bellow the summit of this peak, wind and weather has bored a great hole. This hole looks just like a big eye staring over the planes below.
There are many more interesting names in the Berg, to many to mention, so I wont even try. Next blog I'll name and try to describe some of the streams that flow from the Berg.