Archive for August, 2012

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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Where I am staying now the Pine Rings are still growing, there must be a mini climate here.

As I mentioned in my earlier blog about the piggy-back Pine Ring, below is one of the twin ones. Also I found a patch of large ones that were 190 mm in diameter, I cooked one latter and it was very tasty.

This is how I cooked them, using a little butter on top and putting them under the grill. After 5 minutes I layered some Chedder cheese over them using a potato peeler to make the cheese pliable. After covering them I put them back under the grill until brown. This time I didn`t even have bread with them.

The next morning I set out and collected some more. These I cut into quarters and cooked in butter using a frying pan. When the mushrooms were cooked I poured in the egg. Before doing so I mixed it with a bit of salt and pepper and a little milk. This I put on top of a couple of slices of buttered toast. It was a real camping breakfast and reminded me of the past. When I lived near Tokia Forrest the season used to be finished by the end of May most years. Maybe there is a mimi- climate in the bush where I go mushroom hunting, because there are about half a dozen edible mushrooms there and they are still growing.


Bake until brown.


Sometimes I just make an omelet by cutting the Pine Rings in quarters.

Video Drive Link.         http://youtu.be/K7JQUjQqPAg/

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I have been off line for many days and don`t know whether its the setup or just the power that keeps failing.  Every time the power goes down the WiFi has to be reset and we very often loose the internet as that comes via radio from Whispernet.  It is very worrying as it seems to go down when I want to view some other blogs or answer an email.  Does anyone else have this problem or is it just me living in the sticks.
On a lighter note, I was down the beach the other day and found a part of the Rainbow Nation . 🙂
beachbum-rainbow1The Rainbow Nation beach bum?

One thing that seemed out of place in this protest was the banner “Give us our Freedom back” . This was only a few months ago, I may be wrong but shouldn`t this banner been shown 20 years ago.

This video is on youtube . It will be under “Plett Freedom.”

http://youtu.be/K7JQUjQqPAg/                     For Video

(1)   A Sea Slug which I thought was quite rare until I searched the Lagoon. I found about 30 of them, I haven`t found them anywhere else on this coast.

(2)  People used to be born with a Silver spoon in their mouth, whats with the purple plastic. Which reminds me I havent seen a blog by  “Purple Puppy” for a long time.

(3)   We have a sign now on the beach “No Dogs allowed” , a lot of people can`t read. 🙂

(4)  Volcano`s are all in the news, but this won`t stop planes.

(5)   Looks like Julius had a beach party with the opposition.

(6)   Which way do we go from here?

The Weather doesn`t look so good today, I think we are in for rain again.

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I was looking at an old blog and found another strange thing about the wall mountings.

The date on these horns is 1928, so there were some small game in Europe. So why the Cow. 🙂

Jockies are getting smaller now, but I thought they rode on the back, not inside.

If you haven`t seen this, I recommend it. Click on picture to see clip on Youtube.

That sounds painful.

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To save space on this blog I have put Alice on a fresh blog, if anyone is interested in the life of a pig, click on the photo below. 🙂

Yesterday I tried our new road, and it`s falling apart. As I said in an earlier blog the old road was made many years before the transition. I found a way to make a video on the state of this new road. I fitted my phone to the rear view mirror with Press Stick once I had switched it on. I wanted to make this video before the road dissapears altogether .

The video`s are on youtube   http;//youtu.be/u2ZKRbFYJf4     click on the link and see part of the hell drive.

The return trip all the cement washed out with the rain.   http://youtu.be.com/X3bf_MHUIj8&w

as I love to make bread in my bread maker it was quite funny to find this bread slicer for home made bread, it works like a mortice block used in my wood working efforts.

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