News Letter Vol 4: #5

(May 2017)


Good day all, the autumn is now officially over and into winter we steam. This is one my favourite times of year, I love the cold! Now without further ado let us get into this the fifth news- letter for 2017.
Our rainfall for this raining season (2016/2017) to date is as follows:-
September 2016 -- 58,5mm
October 2016 -- 96,0mm
November 2016 -- 70,0mm
December 2016 -- 24,0mm (This was a much drier December than normal)
January 2017 -- 91,0mm
February 2017 -- 255,0mm
March 2017 -- 58,0mm
April 2017 -- 21,0mm
May 2017 -- 140,0mm
Total for 2016/17 to date 813,5mm


What a blessing this latest beautiful 140mm was at this time of the year! This late rain is a game-changer for the winter! I am told that there were areas on the KZN South Coast that received in excess of 200mm and in Zululand some areas recorded in excess of 400mm of rain!

 

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News Letter Vol 4: #4

(April 2017)

Hi there every one at the end of this the first third of 2017! I do not know about you guys but I often feel that our lives are way too busy and time has got wings!

This month has been a topsy-turvy month for us in so far as we have been very busy with financial year end. Then we have been busy working on offers on a farm that we are very keen to lease or if the price is right purchase. So this month the routine farming and business activities of RH Ranching have ticked along smoothly but with no earth shattering developments; however I suppose that this is normal in any operation. 

After a short and sharp start to the autumn and a month early frost the weather has gone back to nice warm days and cool crisp nights. Winter is definitely on its way, the weather experts are predicting that we will most likely see our first major cold front accompanied by snow on the Drakensberg by the middle of May.

The European Storks, Yellow Billed Kites as well as the Red Rumped Swallows and European Swallows have vacated the skies over our area and have headed north to Europe and Asia once again. It never ceases to amaze me as to how quickly the birds begin to gather and then one morning they are just gone, “phooof” until spring when they arrive just as suddenly as they left. Some of these amazing birds fly up to 12000km in a year, how amazing is that?

Our rainfall for this raining season (2016/2017) to date is as follows:-

September 2016 --                   58,5mm

October 2016 --                        96,0mm   

November 2016 --                    70,0mm

December 2016 --                    24,0mm (This was a much drier December than normal)       

January 2017 --                        91,0mm

February 2017 --                    255,0mm

March 2017 --                          58,0mm

April 2017 --                             21,0mm

Total for 2016/17 to date    673,5mm

Our annual rainfall looks as it is on track to being on a par with our long term mean and for this we humbly and gratefully thank our Lord Jesus Christ. We now cry out to the Lord God Most High to send a really good rainy season to the Western Cape so that they too can see their dams filled, ground water reserves replenished and bountiful harvests for the farmers and their staff.

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News Letter Vol 4: #2

(February  2017)

Hi there every one, well we are now one sixth of the way through this year of 2017. What a marvellous month it has been for most of the agricultural areas of South and Southern Africa! The rains have really arrived, the dams are filling up and some are already overflowing, most of the rivers and streams are pumping. The veld is lovely and green and the summer grain crops along with the sugar crop are looking way more positive than it has done so for several years past.

The beef, sheep and goat prices have climbed steadily and should remain high for the near to interim future as farmers are looking to rebuild their flocks and herds after having to slash their breeding flocks and herds to the bare minimum in order to survive the drought that the country has just come through.

Our rainfall for this raining season (2016/2017) to date is as follows:-

September 2016 --                   58,5mm

October 2016 --                        96,0mm   

November 2016 --                    70,0mm

December 2016 --                    24,0mm (This was a much drier December than normal)       

January 2017 --                        91,0mm

February 2017 --                    255,0mm

Total for 2016/17 to date     594,5mm

We are lifting up all the farmers in the western areas of the country and the Southern /Western Cape that still desperately need rain, in our prayers. We trust that our Awesome Lord God will hear the cries of His people and pour out both His Spirit and plenty of rain

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News Letter Vol 4: #3

(March 2017)

A BIG HELLO to all of you out there, as I sit now before the computer we are one third of our way through this the 2017th year of our Lord Jesus Christ! It is in the air, oh yes it is in the air, autumn is here. We have had our first cold front already and more are on the way!

The leaves on all of the deciduous trees are turning from deep greens of summer to the yellows, auburns, rich browns along with every colour in between! The crisp evenings and twinkling dew decked fence lines and leaves in the mornings are a tonic for those who have had enough of summers scorching heat. 

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Autumn Hues and Long Shadows are on their way!

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News Letter Vol 4: #1

(January  2017)

Well a happy new year to you all of our readers out there. Our prayer as a family for you guys out there is as follows –

That the Lord God Most High will draw each one of you unto Himself in a vibrant and real way, so that you may get to know Him and abandon yourself at His feet and let Him lead you onto the glorious future that He has pre-ordained for you since before time began. Amen

Our rainfall for this raining season (2016/2017) to date is as follows:-

September 2016 --                   58,5mm

October 2016 --                        96,0mm   

November 2016 --                    70,0mm

December 2016 --                    24,0mm (This was a much drier December than normal)       

January 2017 --                        91,0mm

Total for 2016/17 to date     339,5mm

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