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Whats in your Garden ?

Another mysterious thing found while metal detecting. While searching at the side of a dirt road we came across this skull, does anyone know what animal it belongs to ?

It may be a domestic dog as the training school was less than a kilometer away. As the teeth are in good condition it could not be a very old animal or only eat soft food.

Meen while in the house there is a conflict between a fly and a daddy longlegs. The fly is bound with silk now but today the fly has disappeared, probably in the vacuum cleaner.

In the garden the birds are still feeding well on the open flowers. The feral cat is now taken over exploring everything in the house but is still wary when approached quickly and will run outside. It`s very strange as she will eat at the side of the chair and rub against your legs but will not be touched with your hand. We prefer it this way as she gives us a lot of fun around the garden. Although she comes in the house in the day time and sleeps on the couch, at night time she sleeps on my chair out side.

I think with all the bad news lately I think so humour is needed. I love putting jokes on my blog as it is quite uplifting reading through them.

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Just a bit of toilet humour.

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I must start to look for some more jokes as some of these have been used before😉 I haven`t written much today due to unforeseeable circumstances which I hinted about earlier.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Looking Local 506.

I haven`t written a blog for some time so this is a bit long.

At least the sunrises are still the same and are reliable. I do wonder about the old Sheepherders rhyme of `Red in the morning shepherds warning` as most mornings they appear red at some stage as do the sunsets:-)

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Sunrise 26/04/2016

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Due to the bad state of the veggies in the supermarkets, plus their prices, have made me enlarge the veggy garden. I decided that if you can`t eat it don`t waste time watering it. fresh veg from even a small garden like mine supplies us with most of our needs. With the amount of sunshine we get some veggies even grow in the winter. I found some purple climbing beans which so far have been grown in pots on bamboo frames and seem to grow all year round. While they are cooking they change from purple to green, so they look like bush beans. I usually grow Bush beans as they are very prolific with their yield. Along with Swiss Chard,Carrots, Leeks, Turnips and Sweet Potatoes, all of which grow very well in my garden we just have to get potatoes or pasta. We have all the herbs growing together so there is no shortage of fresh herbs. Basil and many of the leafy herbs grow nicely in small pots in the kitchen window box, so they are easy to get when cooking.

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I have a bread maker and found that home made bread is much tastier than shop bought. For us I just make a small loaf but sometimes it goes in a day. Everyone seems to prefer the French bread because it uses less sugar. After the second rise I take the paddles out so when it`s baked there are just two 6mmholes in the bottom. If the paddle are left in they either ruin the loaf when you try to remove it or they stay in the loaf and have to be taken out when you cut it. An experiment to make Rye bread that was lighter, I mixed Rye flour with white bread flower.

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We still have frogs on the dahlias and veggies, maybe it`s because we don`t use any pesticides. It`s not that we tried to grow everything organic but all our compost we get from my daughters farm, even the pine needles for mulch.

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At the farm I noticed that even the frogs were competing against the cats for fresh food. the noise from the Dams is very loud at night, at first I thought it was Wild Ducks:-)

 

On the Beach and Beyond.

When walking on the beach it is very common to see old trees and other driftwood. if you are going by growth rings this one has been around for some time.

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When I went out in a boat there were quite a few birds around and they were fishing a lot better than we were.

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As we came towards the beach there were a lot of Dolphins playing in the surf, some jumped like this one but a lot just broke the waves and carried on feeding.

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In the garden as the sun goes down I get quite a lot of Bats flying over but I haven`t found where the come from yet.

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Have a great week :-)

 

 

Up and Around in Plett.

Most of the early morning is spent looking up or out to sea. There are some great sunrises and very strange cloud formations.

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The garden is also looking OK but there is always room for improvement:-)

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We used to have a ` Fire Pool ` in town near the council chambers but that has now been filled with rocks and plants that need very little water.

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If you are still worrying about the infrastructure falling apart , look at what happened in Germany yesterday.

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It could be Paradise.

Today looked like rain as the dark clouds started to move across the sky`s. It is difficult to have faith in the justice system when certain people get charges dropped so they can become president. Luckily this photo bellow is transparent.

This wasn`t taken until 07.15 as the Sun doesn`t come over the mountains as early as it does in Summer, when it comes up over the sea.

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After eating breakfast our feral cat now graces us by sitting next to the birdbath and watching us have our first coffee of the day.

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This was the sunrise yesterday when the were no rain clouds around.

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We drove up to the farm later and only left as the sun went down. This was not so colorful as at the flat, but I was probably a bit late for a good show. Maybe the view would be much better at Nkandla.:-)

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