Archive for August, 2013

I went to the sanctuary for Birds of Prey and had a great time. The handler sent many birds towards us for them to eat off of the gloves provided. The big one decided to land on a tree stump beside me and just make a noise first.

The smaller one I managed to get a photo of with my left hand, you get quite ambidextrous spending time with these birds.
Back in the garden there is a good way to put seed out for the garden birds. Get a fir cone and put some Peanut Butter on it and then roll it in the seed. They eat the seed and peanut butter and don`t throw the seed all over the garden.


Have you ever thought of people being two faced. I took a photo of my grand Daughter and cut it in half, then made reverse pictures and put them together. I now have a three faced person, one original and two made up from the half faces.

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And one more Sunset to end the blog.


Have a great weekend. Leo



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I found that it is the White Ibis that passes through the Sunset every night. At least they are a lot quieter than the Hadida`s. I`m told they make that screaming noise because they are scared of flying, thats because they are so quiet on the nest or sitting in a tree. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The Sunrise was not so colourful this morning.



And looked unimpresive as it got brighter.


the sun and birds came out for a while but now it`s raining. As the sun shining through the clouds we still have no rainbow, typical, must be the political climate. ๐Ÿ™‚


Going Fishing for a change, maybe a wetsuit is better than a rod. ๐Ÿ™‚ I don`t know how the seal found such a big fish in this bay, maybe because it`s their environment.

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It is hard to believe that these little Rock Rabbits are a member of the Elephant species. They are called Dassies in South Africa and frequent the rocks around the beach area.

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Sometimes you have to have a friend watch your back when you eat. ๐Ÿ™‚

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They peep out at you from their hiding places sometimes.


This one had the sun on it`s back and was surprised to see me.

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The first thing is probably the sunrise which is always taken while having the first coffee and cigarette of the day, unless we have been star gazing since the early hours. The sky has been quite interesting this month as can be seen in earlier blogs.
As the day progressed I took this from the balcony upstairs looking out to sea.
This is one of the Orchids that come into bloom in the last week, they last about 3 weeks .
Looking out of the side widow upstairs gives me a view of the tempory Police Station made of Portacabins. The side light on one of them is nearly full of water so I don`t think they use it. At the very back you can see a pile of tires which were collected at the last protest, I thought they were from old police vehicles at first.
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I was just looking at some of my old blogs as I wanted to save them. Then I noticed that I had done a similar blog to my last one a few weeks ago. I think either I`m getting old and forgetful or I just blog what I`m thinking about at the time. The problem is that after a certain age we tend to think of the past more than the future, probably because the past has more to offer than the future. Since starting the new theme of blogging the topics have been usually things that have happened around me, ranging from pets, pigs, sunrises, sunsets, birds and the farm. I do get down to the beach most days which does give a different interest. I used to do a lot of blogs on my hobbies but now they are mainly photographic. I started a webpage to put all the old ones on but sadly I don`t spend much time downloading to it as I am using a mobile WiFi and it is expensive and rather unreliable. I must save to a flash disk and go to the library and hope I look suitably disadvantaged to get one of their computers.


This was a cake made for my brother last week for his 60th birthday, it was made by one of his students that train at his Dojo.

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luckyThis was my dog ` Lucky`he was with us for twelve years. He was a great friend and companion during his lifetime, but was an Alpha dog and did rule our lives when I look back on things. He was a great one for sleeping like a human as he always used his soft toy as a pillow. One morning I woke up thinking my wife had come home early from night shift, on stoking her head i found it was the dog with his head on the pillow. ๐Ÿ™‚ He came with us to the UK but had to go into quarantine for six months. Although he was given his Rabbies injections regularly he still had to endure the stupidity of the quarantine laws in the UK. He got a brain tumour which affected his eyesight and had to be carried up and down the stairs for quite a while.


Maybe it`s because I don`t have a dog but I got very attached to Alice over the years of looking after her needs. She was so sweet as a youngster but as she grew her owner left her to forage for herself. so I took over. We used to go for long walks through the bush at the farm and she was great fun to be with as she had a great curiosity. Whether she was statled or just protective i don`t know but when a youngster on a dirt bike came too close she chased him off the property, never to be seen again. After a few minutes she found me again and found my pocket that had the acorns in.:-)ย  I have leaned a lot about pigs over the last few years and do not regret a minute of it. Before I was like most people and thought they were just slow uninteresting animals. She has given a lot of pleasure to us and one day tried to race my car down the driveway , she got to 25 km/hr and kept it up for a hundred meters.


Benji was another one that went through my life when I worked at the sanctuary for a while to build a house for Alice. He used to follow me and share my sandwiches during break time. He was very old and his tusks were brown and broken but he had a sweet nature and would always find me wherever I was. Sadly he passed away one night after I left,

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Then there was ` Silver`she was a White Wolf or more accurately a Wolf Dog, she was part Wolf and part dog. She was very good when I went to the sanctuary and would walk around with me. She howled like a Wolf when the Timber Wolves gave their call. Sadly she got spooked and ran out of the tearoom into the main road and was run over, the driver never stopped. I have used Whitewolf as an Avatar from the first day we met, she is also sadly missed.


Although this frog wasn`t a friend it did stay in the garden for a few days and let me photograph it.



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this morning was first to see what the Sunrise was like. before the sun came over the mountains it was quite unimpressive, just a band of pale pink. after waiting for a while I took a few shots. I then thought the sun was a bit bright so hid it behind one of the palms that are used to frame most of my sunrise photo`s.

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Yesterday the Skydive guy`s were landing on the beach. It`s very strange but their voices can be heard loud and clear in the garden. I can tell when they jump as the parachutes make a loud flapping noise when they open after the free fall.


These are usually tandem jumps, they are landing on the main beach today. I think it costs more because they must pay the municipality and drive them back to the airport.


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That sounds like I`m taking the pig to market but that will never happen.

Digital ImageShe alway lifts her leg up so it can be brushed all over. They seem very sensual animals and love attention although they are basically driven by food. As I would always keep some Acorns in my pocket when she came for a walk around the bush at the farm. She was my car guard and would sleep up against the drivers door.

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She was so tired after her walk that she never made it to the car door.:-) After seeing Alice we went to the farmers Market which is about one kilometer from the sanctuary. While there we got some more shrubs for the garden which were half the price of the local nursery. They sell everything from plants to ready made food. There are art stalls and a lot of health food stalls.It has grown quite a bit over the last two years and is well worth a visit.

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If I go looking for the black cat at night time it`s best to take a torch.


Be very careful when investigating things on the beach, this is not what you think.

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My Wife is trying some drastic measures to try to stop me smoking. I think I am too old to stop now, and if I did I couldn`t sit down and ponder over my hobbies. ๐Ÿ™‚


I still remember waking to this every morning, Alice wanting her breakfast.

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Alice has now been at the sanctuary since the beginning of the year. it was quite heat breaking as she had been close for the previous 2 years. She was never my pig but circumstances were such that i had to take over the responsibility. we became good friends as far as she would walk with me through the bush at the farm and was very protective. Pigs are very much food orientated but there also seems to be a trust that builds up over the years, and it works both ways. Many people have seen me brushing her and been very skeptical, saying it`s dangerous to be so close. I see her every week as it is not very far to travel to her and it`s amazing the amount of food and treats you can find around the house and garden. I am waiting for Acorn season now as all pigs love them, it`s like being a pied piper when I walk around there with acorns in my pocket.

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Not only does she remember the twice a day brushing but she still loves her tummy rubbed. this was very welcome when she was pregnant as i think it moved the piglets down to the birthing position.

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when i left she was tucking into all the Pok Choi with her little friendย  who is up at the top left of the picture watching the brushing. More photo`s to come. ๐Ÿ™‚

And my usual sunrise of the day……

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Digital ImageThis was the start of my day.ย  A little after the official sunrise,ย  as the sun has to come up over the mountains. some mornings this view is like it was taken with a black and white film.

robberg beachAfter breakfast I took a walk along the beach, but it was very deserted as it isn`t season yet.

sophia mariaThere was a boat anchored out in the bay but I couldn`t see if it was a fisheries Vessel.

boatatnightBy the early morning it had made it`s way into the main bay and i could see it from my garden.

sunset17Anyway that evening the sunset was also quite spectacular, the cloud formations got even better latter on when the sun got lower in the sky.


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This blog is a little different from previous ones, it`s just things in the garden.ย  We moved into the new flat with an enclosed garden in March.ย  Apart from all the other pastimes, gardening is also important. We love fresh veggies and there is nothing better than cooking a meal from the garden.ย  Veggies especially are of very poor quality in most shops because it takes so long to delliver them and also the time they spend on the shelf.ย  We have quite a small garden and also like to have colour around us.ย  I made some large troughs that were filled with Petunias and Pansies in March and they are still going strong.ย  In this time we managed to plant or grow seedlings of most winter veg and flowers.ย  We are now making seedlings for the summer and sowing seeds for green Peppers, Chili`s,Bush Beans and various flowers.ย  We started by getting the hardware in place like shrubs and trellises.ย  Luckily there were some trees already there so a shade garden was quite easy to plant.

flowers turnipNice flowers and something for the pot.

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A lot of people don`t like Broad beans because they have to be double shelled. The celery is great in soups, but i just love to chew a stick when gardening.

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As seadling are so expensive we have decided to grow our own and have Perennial Basil instead of Sweet Basil which is an annual, they taste the same.


From youngster to matriarch she always loves a tummy rub.



I forgot to put this in an email, so here it is for my American friend.



christmas labelI`ve made quite a few of these and stuck them on bottles of water and left them on the bar, it always causes a laugh. unless the person is so drunk it tasted OK. ๐Ÿ™‚


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