When I get spare time I like to write blogs. The weather today is crap, haven`t seen the sun all day. I also have a dongle which was given to me and has 2Gb of data so I must use it before the end of the month :-)


The sky isn`t even as bright as this sunrise from this time last year.


It rained a lot in Cape Town a while ago, it`s raining now so I hope it doesn`t keep on too long.


Sometimes I`m lucky and a bird flies though the sunrise and sunset, it`s usually the later.


But after dark come the Bats. These are all the ones that came through my garden in one night. To get these I actually took over a hundred frames.


The End………………………………………………………….CUL8R

Today is so overcast I thought I was back in the UK :-) I was awoken by the terrible noise at the police station across the road, it seems they were just warming up the diesel engine of the bus to taken the non drivers home. At least i got to see the sunrise for what it was worth.


Yesterday was a great day in the garden as I managed to re-organize the Dahlia beds so that they won`t be on top of each other next year. The garden is looking very sparse as Winter approaches because the seedlings are still quite small except for the cabbages.

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The Robin and flycatcher are venturing more into the house now that the cat isn`t around.


If you put peanut butter on a fir cone and dip it in bird seed the birds love it and it`s very good for windy areas.

Digital Image

The Dussies or Rock Rabits are a great source of fun on the beach where the rock are. you have to be very careful if you feed them. For one thing it`s illegal and the other is that they grab and seem to have bad eyesight. My Wife was bitten through her finger a few years ago but was informed by the Doctor that she was safe from Rabbies, so didn`t have the injection. I however was bitten by a dog not long afterwards and had to have an injection. Which goes to prove, never turn your back on a dog and walk away after you have confronted it.


If it had been this dog I think my leg would no longer be attached.


It happens some days.

shark nuns

The first one is Photoshop but the second is just the bar stools. I hope it`s a fancy dress outing :-)


Says Homer !

christmas label

If you want to make fun labels for a party trick , print this and stick it onto a bottle. Or just fill a wine bottle with coloured water and seal the top. I used to make my own wine so had a supply of corks, and plastic tops that were heated so they shrank and fitted tight over the neck of the bottle. If they are lead they will slide off and can be refitted and squeezed into place.


This was just a few photos put into an animation program and looks like a slow video.

Another Little Blog.

i am writing this while waiting for the family to arrive for my sons 41st. i sent a text to my brother in the vUK but havent had a reply yet so everything must be hectic.


I think this one must just have a few jokes to live our lives up. :-)


That`s emergency here, no one cares. :-)


Be very careful where you stand when the other person has a cell phone. :-)

chineese pets

Always be careful when you eat Chinese. :-)


Just be careful when you drive. :-)

The first is the sunset today that is not very interesting due to the showers today.

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Since to cat is no longer prowling in the garden the wild birds have taken over.


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In my next blog i`ll discuss the taming of the Butcher birds in Hermanus. i did write it all out in this blog but it didn`t save the draft :-)


The sea bean got another grinding around the edge and soaked in water for a couple of days and looks like it`s going to sprout so I planted it in a pot. I`m hoping to be able to show it growing soon. they seem to grow quite well in the USA so keeping my fingers crossed.


I won`t comment on these, but they do seem to hit the news very often.


Have you seen anything like this in the sky lately. This was seen near the Southern Cross a few years ago when I still used a film camera and took time photos at night.as you can see it was traveling at right angles to the movement of the earth or stars, which ever way you look  at it.

meteorite film

This was a shooting star and that traveled more or less in the same direction as the stars appear. This was taken on the same night in the same position.

Public holiday digest.

I didn`t even know it was another holiday until i went to the Chemist and found it closed. Then I came home and switch the TV on but the news was full of JZ stating it was a day for the oppressed workers, couldn`t see his point so switched off.

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Well with that over I think it was better when I woke up at least the Sunrise was better.


I did a bit of gardening while my Wife sowed some seeds. today was good for harvesting the Carrots, Turnips and a few late tomatoes. The Chinese Cabbages seem to be overgrowing as we haven`t eaten so many lately. Every time i turn the soil over there seems to be more Mantis around, some of them are brown which seems a bit unusual.As for spiders they are prolific at the moment, maybe looking for warmer places. although if the Butcher Bird sees them they are breakfast :-)


My Daughter is selling the Whale Watching business so I won`t be getting so many whale photos for my blog. This is one of my favorites maybe because it was the first time I got up close at a Breaching. Before most were Videos and were taken from the cliffs in Hermanus. a whale washed up on the beach there and i was asked to film the whole of the Flensing operation because they just wanted the bones for a museum exhibition.


I think a few of the old jokes may liven the day. Have a great weekend.




I miss our little feral cat.


To all those who inquired about Alice.


Well after trying to get some of these Sea Beans to sprout I have taken a drastic method. On the large one that I soaked for a couple of weeks and then planted, but didn`t sprout, I filed it on the join until I found what looks like a joining of the two halves.

sea bean filed

Have you ever used Firefox by Mozilla, I found it much better than the IE that comes with Windows. I do however have a problem with Windows Explorer  shutting down now and then.


I`m up early again as it`s mushroom time, these mushrooms are Pine Rings and are very flavorsome. I like them as a snack, lightly cooked in a bit of butter and served on a piece of toast.

mushroom in morning

Unlike this little frog the only ones that I have seen in the flowers have been pure white. The reason I was unable to photograph it was that I had the wrong glasses on and thinking it was a bug I shook it off.


I was very surprised to see the size of prey that the Mantis will attack. It`s not only the size but weapons it can disable.


This Gecko was much heavier and bigger than the Mantis. The Mantis eat it while it was still alive as can be seen in the video I took. The nature programs were not interested as they say it`s a normal thing.


This was taken on a window ledge where the Mantis was hunting flies. It found this Wasp and clamped it`s sting in one arm while it eat the body, still while the wasp was alive.


We get the odd one at the side of the bed but i don`t think they will eat you in the night :-)

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This is called a peaceful march, what I can`t understand is that those throwing the rubbish around will have to clean it up when they go back to work.


Is this the way our money is going to end up ? We will have to see how the land reform goes. It would be a good thing if the land that is being claimed could be kept productive, it would help our balance of payments. Mugabe owns many of the repossessed white owned farms and none of them are productive. Will we become Zimzania ?

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