Greetings to all Friends of Die Oog
Well here we are, almost 400 days since lock down began at the end of March last year. Die Oog unfortunately had to close during the strictest lockdown periods from end March to 23 July 2020, and during the peak of the pandemic within our summer festive season from 29 December 2020 to 3 February 2021. We understand that this caused frustration for some, but as Die Oog is a designated conservation area and falls within the Cape’s nature parks, we were not allowed to open the gate unless we could ensure that we had someone stand there to monitor access which we obviously could not do. We are very pleased to have our little sanctuary open again now though.
Looking back at the past year there were some highlights amidst all the chaos that came with the pandemic. This past winter brought good rains and our little dam almost fully recovered from the drought of previous years. We paddled out to insert a measuring stick into the deepest part of Die Oog on 25th October and we’ve been observing the levels as they’ve dropped through the dryer summer season. It unfortunately seems that the natural spring has not yet recharged as water levels dropped by almost 1m through the summer months.
This is a significant drop as Die Oog is only around 1.5m in the deepest part of the dam when water levels are at their highest. But changes like this are typical for Die Oog and it may well take a couple of years of good rains to recharge the natural underground reservoir.
Our beautiful March Lilies were in full bloom at the end of March, signaling the end of summer, so we’re looking forward to some rainy days ahead.