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Have cellphone will travel.

I was just thinking that since cell phones are now standard with a camera of reasonable quality, my camera which was much more expensive now stays next to my computer. I also take a lot more photos, most of which get deleted. It has become a ritual to take pictures just to put on a blog, sad. Anyway here are a few taken lately of the creatures around the garden.

I caught this frog climbing out of the pool at the farm, it is much better marked than the ones in my garden.

The only thing with this one is it`s red feet with suckers on, I think it is to climb trees.

I think that my friend the local pigeon wants to smoke like the monkey in the jo`berg zoo.

There are still a lot of creepy crawlies around, but this one just ran up my arm with no problems.

This one I found in my wastepaper basket, but I don`t think I will let this one run up my arm J

This one was taken in Woolies, at first I thought with it being in the woman section it read `I have nothing to wear` J

Being a bit lazy today as I haven`t found time to write a new blog, as it only got one comment Iast time I thought maybe I`ll try again.

I make a lot of bread but when I cut a slice it always seems to go on an angle. This is a great problem to my Wife as she always cuts the next slice after leveling the loaf off at the end. This then causes me a problem as the loaf is finished much quicker. Having done quite a bit of woodwork I made a mitre block for the bread and now the slices are always straight.

My Wife has started making Sauer Kraut and it is difficult to get jars to make it in. She has tried pickling jars but they are too small and do not make much. We tried using plastic containers but they made too much and we have had to give most to friends and family. Looking through the cupboards I found a hotel style pickle jar and cut it down so it is straight inside and allows a disc to slide all the way down, That means that there is always pressure on top of the cabbage. This now holds one green cabbage and half a red one which makes lovely pink Sauer Kraut.

I made a wooden right angle on it`s side so I could turn the bottle and then cut the bottle with a diamond cutter in my dremmel whilst turning the bottle.

I tried out a solar oven by making a loaf in a small tin and it worked very well as the sun is still hot.

This is an upside down cake made in a solar oven made with a cardboard box and aluminum foil. The only problem is that it cooks but doesn`t brown the crust and was a little soggy. I will have to make a bigger parabolic reflector type like the small one I use for making coffee.

At mid day it takes about ten minutes to make a coffee. J

Wander the Sky :-)

With my last blog I put a sunrise on but as you can see the camera was set for night time so it looked a bit artificial. This was the Sunset that it was set for.

Within minutes the whole sky had changed as I drove from the farm to town, that`s why I love the sunrise and sunset. There are never two that are the same.

Sometimes there are some other interesting items that cross these pictures.

On cloudy days the sun gives a great reflection on the sea.

This was the Hadida`s going home at sunset and they don`t go quietly. Someone said they are scared of flying because they only make a loud noise when they leave the trees. I watched a pair making a nest near my balcony one year and they never made a sound while they were in the tree or nest. They are some of the clumsiest birds I have ever seen building their nest as they both have a go at placing the twigs and these fell in the pool very often as they were arranged.

Most mornings the seagulls come up from the beach but they are so fast I usually miss them.

 

My Little Front Garden.

The little garden gives us a lot of pleasure as we have a table and chairs there and it`s quite sheltered. One part of the garden is under cover so it`s very good when it rains as we are under cover. I find it very peaceful for reading, photographing sunrises and writing blogs.

Here are a couple of pics of the garden, the first one is in the direction of the sunrise.

And a few of the flower beds. Along the side of the garden we are growing mostly vegetables with a few flowers and shrubs to brighten things up. I find picking and eating home grown veggies very enlightening compared to buying them in the supermarket. The taste is amazing as they are so fresh compared to the weeks of transport and standing on shelves in the shops.

Garlic is very easy to grow but take a long time and love food. These were old ones that had started to sprout so I put them in a few large pots. This year I am growing them in the ground. They have to be dried after lifting from the soil or they are too soft and not so tasty.

 

These are just a few of the things that can be grown in a small garden.

Apart from many snails we also have frogs, the later have full reign but the snails are not welcome J

Ocean Safaris Again.

I went today to see how Oceansafaris (Plett) are getting on in their new location. .They are still in the same building at Main Beach but the building now has a new owner. The office is much smaller than it was but more efficient. It is full of very interesting exhibits as can be seen in the photos bellow.

Next week I will be going for a trip to take some more Whale and Dolphin photos. Today the trips had to be cancelled as the beach has been washed away where they launch the boats.

This close up is also a bit fuzzy as it was taken with a cell phone.

These are some Seal bones found on the beach up near the Seal Sancuary near the Robberg Peninsular. This skull looks a bit damaged but there are many more in the shop. There are many complete skeletons of Seals and Dolphins along with many Whale parts. I have a video of the flensing of a Whale that washed up dead on Hermanus beach a few years ago. I must convert it to digital so it can be uploaded.

A mixed Bag.

This blog is made up of many different things , as they flow through the mind or get selected by the mouse. A Sunrise is always good to start with.

In the morning you never know if it`s going to rain or not because where I am the weather forecast is very rarely right.


It won`t be long now and we will see how these soapies end!

This was on a bloggers pages and had the title ` If you recognize this we know your old`

I can still remember when this was standard and you had to set the colour and everything else as they had about 12 setting buttons on the back of the TV. This was when TV`s took time to warm up and when switching off it ended with a white dot in the middle of the screen.

Have you ever tried to use an old blog ? I have several on iblog but I now get a reply `forbidden`. Do they close them after a set time? Some of the oldies from this site will remember some of the names, I used to write to most of them as they don`t have a `like` button on iblog. The advantage is that you did get an idea of how many people looked at your blog.

The Jackals are still at the Wolf Sanctuary and eating the Rabbits that they breed. It all seems very self-sustaining. They breed a lot of pigs too, I wonder whether they go to the Wolves?

And we finish with a Sunset. Enjoy your Day. Leo

A Mixed Bag.

This blog is made up of many different things , as they flow through the mind or get selected by the mouse. A Sunrise is always good to start with.

In the morning you never know if it`s going to rain or not because where I am the weather forecast is very rarely right.


It won`t be long now and we will see how these soapies end!

This was on a bloggers pages and had the title ` If you recognize this we know your old`

I can still remember when this was standard and you had to set the colour and everything else as they had about 12 setting buttons on the back of the TV. This was when TV`s took time to warm up and when switching off it ended with a white dot in the middle of the screen.

Have you ever tried to use an old blog ? I have several on iblog but I now get a reply `forbidden`. Do they close them after a set time? Some of the oldies from this site will remember some of the names, I used to write to most of them as they don`t have a `like` button on iblog. The advantage is that you did get an idea of how many people looked at your blog.

The Jackals are still at the Wolf Sanctuary and eating the Rabbits that they breed. It all seems very self-sustaining. They breed a lot of pigs too, I wonder whether they go to the Wolves?

And we finish with a Sunset. Enjoy your Day. Leo

 

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