How much space do you need to hold 50 million litres of water? It seems like it is a lot! Our contractors are continually surprising us with the amount of equipment they are using on the repair and renovation of the dam – bull dozers, tipper trucks, excavators and compacters.
But at last we are beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel as the large hole in the dam wall is being filled in and the lining of the dam itself being spread and compacted. It is certainly going to be BIG and will create a whole new view from the main house and the suites – once it is filled with water. How long this is going to take we are not sure. We have a good supply of water, coming from the kloofs of the Langeberg Mountains behind us, but we suspect that we will need ‘divine intervention’ in the form of a good few torrential rainfalls to make any impact at all. We are aware that this part of the Western Cape does not have huge rainfalls – the annual average is just 250 millimetres – so guests at Galenia may have to participate in a daily rain dance in order for us to achieve our objective. We suspect that patience will be necessary.