Go Darke

Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it

Fundamental Joeyism

Mr. Brightside.

Some things in life are bad
They can really make you mad
Other things just make you swear and curse
When you’re chewing on life’s gristle
Don’t grumble, give a whistle
And this’ll help things turn out for the best
And… Always look on the bright side of life

-Everyones second favorite Monty Python movie.

There are a couple of things about this pandemic that I’ve decided I quite like…

In no particular order

  1. Masks!

Masks are just wonderful. Well, in my opinion. It’s like browsing the internet incognito… but in real life. Ha! Remember when ‘we’ used to give Muslim women shit for wearing burkas. Ha ha. Don’t we feel silly now. I could go on being a ninja forever!

2. Mountains on the horizon

These are the Magaliesburg. You can see them from my house… but only on an exceptionally clear day (usually after the rain). Without all the air pollution you could see them every day and they felt surprisingly close. Like why-don’t-we-go-there-more-often-close. It was kinda nice.

3. Homeschooling

I know this has been the bane of most parents existence… and my kids aren’t really old enough to do ‘proper’ home-schooling, but its been kinda nice having them around and doing ‘stuff’ with them. Thats not to say they didn’t drive us mad from time to time… but I think we’ve found our groove now.

4. More time in the garden

I planted these at the beginning of lockdown. I thought the frost would get them before anything came of it… and there has been one night where things dipped below freezing I had to lay down some Frostguard. Looks like I will get another crop still before for-realsies winter comes.

5. Our prepper-lite experience

Although our supply chains were never really disrupted to the extent that people thought they would be *cough, toilet paper cough*. It has made more cognisant of… our reliance on other people to feed ourselves. I’ve wanted to get chickens for ages and this has now made it onto the near-term to-do list. I’ve also increased the size of my vegetable garden for next season dramatically.

6. Less death

In South Africa at least, the year-on-year death rate has come down. And I don’t mean down just a tad. It’s massively down. Corona has weirdly saved thousands of lives. Because we’re locked down we’re not murdering each other, getting drunk and smashing our cars into one another… it’s been amazing. I will definitely miss that. I’ve actually haven’t felt this safe in a really long time.



  1. theceaselessreaderwrites


    I’m glad things are working out so well for you, Jo. We’re having a hard time getting our shit together over here.

    1. Jo


      It’s always darkest before the dawn. I think you guys will be okay… even though things look quite bleak… if people aren’t pissed off nothing will change. You’ll weather this, as a nation you’ve come through much more I feel.

      1. Jo


        Hopefully you’ll still be around to hear me say I told you so. (You are pretty old)

      2. theceaselessreaderwrites


        You’re no spring chicken yourself, Jo. Have you fallen off a ladder recently? I did Sunday. Not fun. I don’t recommend it at our age.

      3. Jo


        Lol. I lost a fight with the cactus today… looked liked a crime scene. There was also some very explicit language intertwined with some very serious blasphemy.
        It wasn’t so much a fight as me… hooking myself and the falling over into said thorny succulent.

        So yes. I agree. We need to slow down. Be more careful with our venerable bodies.

  2. Sha'Tara


    Nice rooster… well, the hills are nice too! We’d call them hills here, they seem a bit tame for mountains… As we’re coming into summer I guess you’re going into winter over there. Do you get snow on those hills, like for skiing?

    1. Jo


      It suddenly dawned on me that I don’t know actually know the difference between a hill and a mountain. Turns out the geographical fraternity is very much in disunity about what I, at first imagined, was quite a simple number issue’.

      ‘Many geographers state that a mountain is greater than 300 metres (1,000 feet) above sea level.

      I live 1 mile above sea-level. Admittedly on a giant plateau. Despite our altitude we rarely get snow down here. Its snowed… twice in my lifetime (40years) where I live… I say snow… but it was more like a light dusting.

      So no skiing. Its 7C (45F) now… warming up to 24 (75F) later. We’re all miserable because its so cold. Ha ha.

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