Archive for August, 2014

The thing is that we must eat, but are all the things that are advertised are not what they seem. These Oat-bix were supposed to be better for you than Wheatbix. Well I have had Wheatbix for many years and never had a problem with them as they soften very quickly with milk, especially if the milk is warm. As for the ready to eat message, I couldn`t get a spoon through even when they had been soaked for twenty minutes.J

These however are tasteless and the most difficult cereal to soften. I left mine in hot water for 15 minutes and then tried with milk but when I tried to eat them they were still harder than cream crackers. IThese were taken in different seasons to show how the sun does not always rise in the East. As you can see it appears to be moving from North to South moving. Which is true East ? The answer will be in the next blog.

Alice is getting her Winter coat again and she needs it at the sanctuary as the wind is very cold there with not much cover. I went there and worked for a week making a house for her to have the last litter in but the put a male pig in with her and she had to give birth outside because he lay across the doorway most of the time. Although he was nurtured he still fought with Alice and did not like the piglets.

These are her last piglets and this is where she gave birth to them. When I went to see her the next day the piglets were all dead. She seemed to get over this quite quickly as she allowed me to feed and brush her with no problems. I still feel very sad about the situation but there was nothing I could do to change the outcome as the owner put her in the sanctuary.

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Over the last year most photo`s have been of Sunrises and Sunsets. These are some of the animals that have found the garden a safe place to settle.

Unfortunately the feral cat caught this one and had a meal, although she only eat the head and tail.

Whilst checking the Dahlias I found the frog prince but he left after a few days.

This feral is now at the farm so I had to make a humane rat trap. There is now another resident feral who likes snakes and rats and field mice if she can catch them.

We even get these big ants around sometimes and they bite.

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Well the pigeons have finally got it right. They have now made a nest and have two young chicks which the female spends a lot of time sitting on them.

The parents still come for a meal several times a day. That is when I took the photo`s above.

If you look at earlier blogs the plans for this humane rat catcher was explained. This was made because last time I was bitten by the rat, rat mole or field mouse.

It was later released into a nearby field that had plenty of brush and shrubs. It looks like the mole rat that has been into my veggies and disturbing the seedlings.

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Yesterday morning I started on some old boxes to see what I have been hanging on to for all these years. I found a lot of photo`s that I have since scanned. It is difficult sometimes to remember what happened to some of the equipment that was so necessary at the time.

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In the 60`s I was very interested in short wave radio and wanted to get my amateur radio license. In those days most powerful radio equipment was powered by valves with huge capacitors made with wax and silver paper. They were however easier to fix so long as you didn`t get zapped by the high tension power or a charged capacitor.

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Another of my pastimes was touring around southern Africa on my many motorbikes. This was taken with a time delay when I was in the middle of the Karroo. After a few trips from Jo`berg to Cape Town I found out that the clothing needed to be changed as did the bike. In the early 60`s there were not many cars even doing these trips, as for motorbikes, I never saw them outside of the cities.

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This bike was a shaft drive BMW and was excellent on dirt roads as it didn`t have a chain to stretch and come off . This did happen in the middle of the Karroo when I was using my BSA lightning and I spent the night there trying to keep warm. As you can see in a previous photo there is not much to burn there , also it`s so dry that it burns like flash paper. I finally filled a pot with sand and used some petrol from the bike. It made a great fire and made good coffee. It was lunch time the next day when a farmer came past and went back to his farm and brought me a new chain link. Luckily he was also into motor bikes and I stopped off many times in my travels to visit him and the family.


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Just a bit further along the road I came across one of the old forts built during the Boer War to protect the railway line through the Karroo.

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This was sent as a Christmas card when I was working in the UK. I found some good pics for a blog that I took there.

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This is specially for ` Bacon `, I found some pics of Alice`s nose when she was on the farm and used to rattle my gate for breakfast every morning. Since she has been at the sanctuary and got older she now has hairs on the front. She does quite a lot of digging there in rather hard ground so I thought it would be smooth.

After a year at the sanctuary and six piglets later.

It`s amazing how soft a pigs nose is considering that they dig so much.

This was taken last week after I had given her a good brush. She is still very affectionate and rubs her nose on the back of your hand in greetings, I think it`s probably to get your scent as her eyes are not as open as they were when she was younger.

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I always start with a sunrise because it`s the first thing in the day that brings up a discussion and usually forecasts the days weather. The winter sunrise is not very interesting because it rises up from the sea and there are not usually many clouds around.


This will be my last SA sunrise for a while as I will be traveling for the next month, so have to pack all this equipment.


I still remember Alice when she was a small piglet.


She later on had piglets of her own and treated them very well considering she had very little help.

julius stamp


Are these the new stamps and currency ??????????




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