Ag in Africa

16 February, 2007

I miss the rain :( 

Filed under: johannesburg — Ag @ 10:20 pm

There’s not been a thunder storm in Joburg for weeks. I love the summer weather here. Sun all day then the thunder storms in late afternoon with fantastic lightning shows. From my bedroom window I can see down over the city and I can watch the storms flow from west to east. The storms are like nothing I’ve ever experienced. The sound of thunder can often be continuous, with a constant low rumble that breaks out into war-sounds every minute or so. I’m not exaggerating. I’ve timed it. But there have been no storms for weeks and I feel increasingly bereft. Here’s a fantastic photo by petervj of a storm over Joburg.

The hill on the left with a thing on top of it is Northcliff “mountain”. The alarming thing about this pic is that I live pretty much where the lightning is striking. Petervj has got loads of gorgeous pix of Joburg on Flickr. Kind of gritty and warm at the same time, which kind of sums up how I think of the city.



  1. I finally got to see it. x

    Comment by Jon — 16 February, 2007 @ 11:40 pm

  2. Hi Ag,
    I am from Jhb, currently living in Europe. I have to say, I have never heard anyone refer to Northcliff Hill as Northcliff “mountain”. Is this your personal nickname for it? I noticed it in a previous post already… and I wonder if I am missing something?

    Comment by Heike — 26 February, 2007 @ 6:10 pm

  3. Hi Heike
    The people I live with all (currently 8 of them) call it Northcliff mountain. It could be an in-house expression. However, because Jhb is so high, it probably is geologically a mountain. I love it up there – it’s so peaceful and separate. It feels like an island rising out of the suburbs.

    Comment by aggy — 26 February, 2007 @ 7:36 pm

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