Archive for August, 2012

This picture in the newspaper was very confusing. The Police came under fire from strikers today and retaliated by throwing stones. It is believed that the government has withdrawn all firearms from the police. There are reports that due to the unrest they will be issued with the new modified revolvers to control riots.

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I left this one out on the last blog

I think Nell was on the school board at the time. However the next one is for the clever crooks.

.                            Do they think there is no crime before this point.

.                               It seems like its not only criminals that can`t spell.

.                    Sometimes it`s not what you write, but where on the board.

.                                This sign was put up too late.

.                        Lady with the blue writing on her placard, it`s 2012

.                              Fitted to all toilets doors in Parliament.

.                           Smile Please !  just  one for the holiday albumn.

.                                  Don`t worry about me…………

                                                              Enjoy every day as it comes.

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A while ago KFC had a puppet of Julius to bring their product to the notice of SA. I thought it was hilarious because I thought he was a puppet. Now we have a cat food producer using ” Julius Meeowlema” as  a cat eating their product.

On searching the Web it seems there are a lot of  jokes about Jellytotse.

This seemed unusual considering  the investigation going on.

We seem to have another player in the mix.

This is a variation on the KFC advert.

This was obviously before he ate KFC.

Then there was the stamp that would not stick and was withdrawn.

Then we had the power outages.

Then “thenack ” on iblog started a column on suicides after it was reported that ” I would rather kill myself rather than commit suicide”

Then there was a headline in the Sunday Times ” Let them eat cake” . But no mention of the Wine and Whisky though.

This joke was also found on ” Wonky.com”

President Zuma meets with the Queen of England He asks her,
“Your Majesty, how do you run such an efficient government? Are there any tips you can give to me?”

“Well,” says the Queen, “the most important thing is to surround yourself with intelligent people.”

Zuma frowns. “But how do I know the people around me are really intelligent?”

The Queen takes a sip of tea. “Oh, that’s easy. You just ask them to answer an intelligence riddle.”

The Queen pushes a button on her intercom. “Please send Tony Blair in here, would you?”

Tony Blair walks into the room “Yes, my Queen?”

The Queen smiles. “Answer me this, please, Tony. Your mother and Father have a child. It is not your brother and it is not your sister. Who is it?”

Without pausing for a moment, Tony Blair answers, “That would be me.”

“Yes! Very good,” says the Queen.

Back in Cape town , President Zuma asks to speak with Julius Malema.

“Answer this for me. Your mother and your Father have a child. It’s not your brother and it’s not your sister. Who is it?”

“I’m not sure,” says Julius. “Let me get back to you on that one.”

Julius goes to his advisors and asks everyone, but none can give him an answer. Finally, he ends up at the V&A Waterfront and bumps into Mark Lottering.

Julius looks around to see if anyone can overhear them, and he whispers, “Mark! Can you answer this for me? Your mother and father have a child and it’s not your brother or your sister.
Who is it?”

Mark whispers back, “That’s easy. It’s me!”

Julius smiles and says “Thanks!”

Julius goes back to Parliament to speak with Pres Zuma.
“Say, I did some research and I have the answer to that riddle. It’s Mark Lottering.”

Zuma gets up, stomps over to Julius, and angrily yells into his face, “No, you idiot! It’s Tony Blair

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I was watching this bird from the stoop thinking maybe it was a Sparrow Hawk when it decided to land on one of the trees at the far side of the dam. Looking through the photo`s I had taken this one came up on the screen. I enlarged it as big as possible but still thought it was a monkey.

Only when seeing the next picture on the screen and checking the tree did I realise it was the Hawk from a different position.

Looking around the side of my car and found the cat had been hunting. well she is keeping the rodents down. If you have animal feed you will have rats, so we have 4 cats also. 🙂

Taking a walk round the dam that I see from my stoop I see the usual suspects, except the mother Duck now has some youngsters.

The other birds seem to be too busy searching for food. they seem to be a cross between a Hadida and the White Ibis.

Today we were treated to a display of old biplanes. But they still landed faster than I could focus my camera. 🙂

On walking back from the flight path I noticed this footprint, it is the size of the palm of my hand. I found some spoor that was too large for Alice so I was wondering if this print was from one of the big baboons that I see in the area, what do you think?

Alice is still looking for a Hog, but hopes you all have a great weekend.



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I thought I would try my cellphone camera out and was pleasantly surprised.  I was given a Samsung cellphone a few weeks ago and finally found that I could change the pixel rating.  I took this photo and then cropped the small part with the Ducks. It still has enough definition for a 500×330 pixel picture for blogging.

It is difficult to see the ducks in the first photo but it didn`t loose too much when cropped.

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I am very surprised to find that for two days on the run I am still connected to the Internet. Its good because I can read the blogs of all the people that have visited mine. I think that all bloggers should have an email address on their blog header then we could make a more personal comment. My blogs have changed over the years, I started off mostly with practical info but people seem to prefer a more personal blog with a bit of humour.

Since staying in the sticks my blogs are getting a bit polarized and when I run out of new things I resort to cut and past. I thank all my friends for the emails containing very good material.

I was reading a blog by Roly earlier where he wrote about keeping too many things, well this was a wall in my workshop six months ago.

I have now sent most of it tomy brother in the UK to put on the wall of his Dojo .                                             (senei@shingitaikarate.com )

Many cut and paste items are either computer or animal orientated. Alice the pig is not mine she belongs to my daughter, but it takes a lot of time to keep her happy. Every day she has food cooked and has now insisted on a good brushing  and de-ticking twice a day after meals. 🙂

Living on a farm has it`s problems , especially when I want to print. 🙂

I am the Worlds worst salesman as most of the things I have made have been given away. I made a lot of ashtrays like this and some walking sticks and my youngest daughter (info@oceansafaris.co.za ) sold them in her shop. I did write a article on how to cast and make these on,  my web page.

I still find Sunrise and sunset photo`s very interesting as there are no two the same. Also lightning is interesting but requires a lot of frames before you get a good one.

This blog is more like ” pictures file re-visited” or just ramblings of an old blogger. 🙂

Enjoy your weekend, all the best Leo

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Study this sign and see what you can make of the picture in the circle.

Is it:- (a) A Beetle from the back?  (b) Someone pictured from the back having a crap?

Although insects and snakes do not worry me to that extent, there are a lot who are.

Now this is a different story, how to keep all 3 heads out of the  way, the gladiators used a metal net against a Trident. 🙂

Now there is a cheap form of transport and you can take two friends for a drink. You are not likely to crash into anything, but it could be difficult staying on at speed.

To finish off with, a bit of toilet humour.

Well enjoy your week,  I just have to hope I get the internet tomorrow, if not its back to photography. Where I live it is very unpredictable and sometimes only connects twice a week.


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I was thinking the other day that since the first big rains I have had a pig for a neighbour. That may sound a bit harsh in these times , but it`s true.

She very often sits on her stoop, like a guard dog.

She treats my step as a food bowl if she gets an apple.

I might not see you  but I can smell food.

On the other side I get invaded by chickens, of which I am not impressed. They try to eat my seedlings and crap on my stoop and step. That`s why I have taken to the pig. They don`t crap on their own door step.

Then along comes the cat from my sons flat who treats me as a second home whenever he goes out.

Alice likes a brush every day, and a tick removal service. This usually starts after her breakfast, since the first day she has learned to change sides when the one side is finished. Pig being brushed by a friend.

Looking back towards the house you can see how close she likes to be. It was only because during the heavy rains she would not sleep in her old house but lay up against my stoop. It would rank as a shack but its waterproof and she has filled it with shade cloth and dry grass. Banana leaves have also been put in her bed and she seems to chew them from time to time.

I have my own car guard, she`s a real pig and sleeps on the job.  Sometimes she sleeps behind the car so there is no way to move until she does. Pigs can be very stubborn but I am stuck with her BPE credetials.

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As I have a problem with getting on to the internet this is a long blog.


This video shows how I battle with my little car on this new road. An update on the new road.

This link will show the road as is:-


This road has been made from the National Road down Peisang Valley Road, up Robberg road to the airport road. Chinese roads are build in one long stretch, this is an all Africa road with BEE status. 🙂    They build half the road but within a week it`s having to be repaired by filling the potholes with cement. The trouble with this is that cement doesn`t hold to tarmac and breaks away within days into bigger potholes. The new approach is to fill the holes with cement and then cover these stretches of the road with tarmac. We will see by next week what has happened to these stretches of road. How are the new road in your area ?


WiFi Dish.

As my DSTV dish is no longer needed I have decided to use it for WiFi experiments.I started moths ago with a sieve as a reflector to improve my WiFi signal, it has worked very well especially when mobile. Being some distance from the wireless router I am using , the signal keeps dropping.

Signal keeps dropping

Because I keep loosing the signal I now use this setup with a small sieve as a reflector. In the center of the sieve I fitted the dongle attached to a USB extension cable. When this was fed into the laptop I had a steady signal. I am now waiting for my local shop to get me a dongle with external antenna fitting then I will experiment with some small hi gain antennas.


This is an Animation made from photo`s taken at the Wolf Sanctuary.


To see more of the Wolf Sanctuary. CLICK HERE



The Mystery at Robberg Beach.

Robberg Beach is not a very interesting
beach normally but to the last two days I got some interesting pictures. The
events were rather unexpected as there was something floating in the sea above
the surf line. I got this info from my daughter at Ocean Safaris who had used
binoculars to try and find out what it was. A paddle ski went out from the
beach to investigate and said it was just a piece of fishing net. As the tide
was going out and the object was just not moving very much, I left the beach.


This morning I was up early so thinking whatever was there must have been washed up with the early high tide I took a walk down .I saw two black humps on the beach and
thought maybe a small baby whale was caught in the net.


When I got there I found that it was fishing net and a bamboo frame, which was probably used as lobster or crayfish pot.



This broken pot was however covered with what looked like a
lot of starfish with shells on the end of their legs. The long legs which were actually single, were toped with a shell that opened and a claw came out. On taking them back to the shop I showed then to the Marine Biologist who was there and he said they were young barnacles.





This is starting at the beginning of my association with Alice,I am trying to start at the beginning but a lot of little things keep coming up.

It seems a long time ago since Alice came to stay. this story started when my daughter decided that a pet Potbelly pig would make a good pet for the children.

As you can see the adults don`t have any grazing and live in mud. They only seem to get the food that is sold to visitors, which is a paper bag of pellets for R5. They have other pigs there but they are huge, I have never seen the white one when it hasn`t been sleeping under it`s shelter.

At this age we did not know that she was pregnant as she was quite slim for a pot belly pig. Alice was named before she came to the farm and was very good as far as laying down and having a good scratch.

At that time we only used to take her a plastic container of food and a 5 litre of tap water. She was not very happy with the water at the farm as it cam from a borehole and was a bit brown. I came to realize that she knew what she wanted as when I tried to give her the local water she picked the bowl up with her teeth an threw it.




Man who wants pretty nurse, must be patient.

Passionate kiss, like spider web, leads to undoing of fly.

Lady who goes camping must beware of evil intent.

Squirrel who runs up woman’s leg will not find nuts.

Man who leaps off cliff jumps to conclusion.

Man who runs in front of car gets tired, man who runs behind car gets exhausted.

Man who eats many prunes get good run for money.

War does not determine who is right, it determines who is left.

Man who fight with wife all day get no piece at night.

It takes many nails to build a crib, but only one screw to fill it.

Man who drives like hell is bound to get there.

Man who stands on toilet is high on pot.

Man who live in glass house should change clothes in basement.

Man who fish in other man’s well often catch crabs.


“A Lion will not cheat on his wife, but a Tiger Wood!”

African Innovations

There is still a shortage of petrol so we take standing room only.

Of coarse there are times when there is no petrol, then we bring out the  ” Toyota Cowrolla.”



Have you seen the price of radio batteries, and thats if they have any in stock.

Of coarse this puts a new meaning to the phrase ” Radio Head”

These were taken across our northern border, but the kit will be in your local Warimark or iSparza soon. :-))

Due to the Health department loosing 80% of their ambulances, these will be the replacements. Alas, due to administration problems they will still cost the government R1M each. This is because it is the latest SA technology, AA & BEE compliant.


My Latest Anti-Hijack Car

I have found this car very suitable for the South African road conditions. This car is very good when going through hijack areas, it is 4 wheel drive and goes over hijackes with the greatest of ease. All windows are bullet proof and has a built in flame thrower.

This was got in an Army sale in the UK as is for £100 and refurbished for use in re-enactments.


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This was taken while at the British Museum in London. It seems like they revered the cat even more than some readers.

It appears that they preserved fish,rats and Hamsters, so that took care of the youngsters also.



However if you slept on the job in the Pyramids you could be found like this in 4000 years time.


I found this while staying on a farm in Vrede, its many millions of years old and was originally a Carboniferous Tree. I ground a piece off the end with a soft green wheel, so that the rings can be seen. I tried drilling it with a masonry drill but the drill just burned out after a millimeter.


This Southern Right Whale got very nosy when did my last whale watching trip.

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