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A short week for blogging.

I don`t seem to have got round to writing my usual blogs but have had a few problems, not that they stopped my fingers typing. Fortunately this came at a time when I could lay there and just watch the OP trial outcome, I found a lot of it very disappointing. I thought that firing a bullet through a door without checking who was there would be murder. He fired 4 bullets into a toilet so where could anyone hide and not be killed. What do you think ?

On Tuesday I tripped on a step leading to the pavement and landed on my knee. The swelling was so bad that I went to the Doctor yesterday on advice from my Wife. This was not such a routine visit as I ended up with needles being stuck in the knee and blood and fluid being drawn off. I don`t know where it all came from but it feels much better now. As he was doing this I actually saw the swelling go down. He then wrapped the knee with cotton wool bandage and then a crepe one over it, to stop the swelling, today it feels much easier to move around.

This was taken a few months ago when the sunrises were quite colourful although this was also taken with a cell phone camera.

For quite a while now the sunrises have been very much like this. Using a cell phone is OK before the sun appears over the horizon but then the foreground goes very dark. So dark sometimes that they look like a night photo of the Moon or some UFO.

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

How things change.

I have been trying to keep an eye on the fledglings but have not wanted to disturb the mother. I first saw them after the eggs were hatched but I only found one on the floor near the nest, this was on24th of August. Today I took another look in the nest and there was only one chick that is nearly ready to fly. I didn`t find any remains of the other chick so either the mother took it away on it has flown.

Two in the nest.

And now there is one.

The early sunrise before it comes over the horizon.

Although the foreground looks darker when the sun has risen it`s just because the cell phone camera was set for spot exposure. As the sun was so bright compared with the foreground it looks like a night photo or an earier photo than the last one.

When I used to take Alice for a walk at the farm she would always sit beside me when I stopped. She would lie down and wait for me to give her a scratch.

Even when I visited her at the wolf sanctuary she would expect a good brushing. Sadly now she has been put in with the general population with about thirty other pigs and they will not let me in.

The thing is that we must eat, but are all the things that are advertised are not what they seem. These Oat-bix were supposed to be better for you than Wheatbix. Well I have had Wheatbix for many years and never had a problem with them as they soften very quickly with milk, especially if the milk is warm. As for the ready to eat message, I couldn`t get a spoon through even when they had been soaked for twenty minutes.J

These however are tasteless and the most difficult cereal to soften. I left mine in hot water for 15 minutes and then tried with milk but when I tried to eat them they were still harder than cream crackers. IThese were taken in different seasons to show how the sun does not always rise in the East. As you can see it appears to be moving from North to South moving. Which is true East ? The answer will be in the next blog.

Alice is getting her Winter coat again and she needs it at the sanctuary as the wind is very cold there with not much cover. I went there and worked for a week making a house for her to have the last litter in but the put a male pig in with her and she had to give birth outside because he lay across the doorway most of the time. Although he was nurtured he still fought with Alice and did not like the piglets.

These are her last piglets and this is where she gave birth to them. When I went to see her the next day the piglets were all dead. She seemed to get over this quite quickly as she allowed me to feed and brush her with no problems. I still feel very sad about the situation but there was nothing I could do to change the outcome as the owner put her in the sanctuary.

Visitors to the garden.

Over the last year most photo`s have been of Sunrises and Sunsets. These are some of the animals that have found the garden a safe place to settle.

Unfortunately the feral cat caught this one and had a meal, although she only eat the head and tail.

Whilst checking the Dahlias I found the frog prince but he left after a few days.

This feral is now at the farm so I had to make a humane rat trap. There is now another resident feral who likes snakes and rats and field mice if she can catch them.

We even get these big ants around sometimes and they bite.

Well the pigeons have finally got it right. They have now made a nest and have two young chicks which the female spends a lot of time sitting on them.

The parents still come for a meal several times a day. That is when I took the photo`s above.

If you look at earlier blogs the plans for this humane rat catcher was explained. This was made because last time I was bitten by the rat, rat mole or field mouse.

It was later released into a nearby field that had plenty of brush and shrubs. It looks like the mole rat that has been into my veggies and disturbing the seedlings.

Old Photo`s, pt1.

Yesterday morning I started on some old boxes to see what I have been hanging on to for all these years. I found a lot of photo`s that I have since scanned. It is difficult sometimes to remember what happened to some of the equipment that was so necessary at the time.

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In the 60`s I was very interested in short wave radio and wanted to get my amateur radio license. In those days most powerful radio equipment was powered by valves with huge capacitors made with wax and silver paper. They were however easier to fix so long as you didn`t get zapped by the high tension power or a charged capacitor.

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Another of my pastimes was touring around southern Africa on my many motorbikes. This was taken with a time delay when I was in the middle of the Karroo. After a few trips from Jo`berg to Cape Town I found out that the clothing needed to be changed as did the bike. In the early 60`s there were not many cars even doing these trips, as for motorbikes, I never saw them outside of the cities.

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This bike was a shaft drive BMW and was excellent on dirt roads as it didn`t have a chain to stretch and come off . This did happen in the middle of the Karroo when I was using my BSA lightning and I spent the night there trying to keep warm. As you can see in a previous photo there is not much to burn there , also it`s so dry that it burns like flash paper. I finally filled a pot with sand and used some petrol from the bike. It made a great fire and made good coffee. It was lunch time the next day when a farmer came past and went back to his farm and brought me a new chain link. Luckily he was also into motor bikes and I stopped off many times in my travels to visit him and the family.

 

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Just a bit further along the road I came across one of the old forts built during the Boer War to protect the railway line through the Karroo.

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This was sent as a Christmas card when I was working in the UK. I found some good pics for a blog that I took there.

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