Diddly Squat has been built and furnished exactly like a sqatter's shack. I've posted photos of the interior here below and also how this specific shack is built partly underground. This is the cats' delight as they can get onto the roof of "their" house straight from the lawn!
The entrance to our temporary home: Diddly Squat
Here the roof is at knee-level to me
A warm area for the kitties to enjoy their afternoon outing
Here you can see how easy it is for the cats to hop onto the roof from the garden
There is passage around the shack; the works for the solar system and batteries are kept here. It's also where Chappie was stuck the first day we moved there. The window under the roof eves looks into the kitchen.
Shadow and Ambrose jump from the grassy bank into the kitchen through this window. Ginger and Chappie are unable to perform this acrobatic feat and enter through the door !
Chappie on top of the roof
Resting in the warm sunshine
The shack's interior is typical of one in a squatter's settlement. This is the kitchen
The tiny bedroom
The shower, wash hand basin and loo is "open plan"
Diddly Squat is ideal for us as a stopgap while we wait for the cottage building to be completed. We are deeply grateful to Estelle and Steve for providing this for us when we needed it.
When we vacate it, Estelle will be able to rent the shack out as holiday accommodation again. It's very popular with people from the city and with foreigners.
However, the reality of squatter shacks in South Africa (and globally) is harsh. A decade of democracy in South Africa and hundreds of thousands of people have lost their jobs and homes and now live in squatters' settlements.
A typical squatter's shack on the outskirts of a large South Africa city
The interior of a real squatter shack
This situation is the same for all races in South Africa that have fallen on hard times.
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