Archive for April, 2015


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.

sea bean filed

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.


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.

mushroom in morning

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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I was very surprised to see the size of prey that the Mantis will attack. It`s not only the size but weapons it can disable.


This Gecko was much heavier and bigger than the Mantis. The Mantis eat it while it was still alive as can be seen in the video I took. The nature programs were not interested as they say it`s a normal thing.


This was taken on a window ledge where the Mantis was hunting flies. It found this Wasp and clamped it`s sting in one arm while it eat the body, still while the wasp was alive.


We get the odd one at the side of the bed but i don`t think they will eat you in the night 🙂

service delivery

This is called a peaceful march, what I can`t understand is that those throwing the rubbish around will have to clean it up when they go back to work.


Is this the way our money is going to end up ? We will have to see how the land reform goes. It would be a good thing if the land that is being claimed could be kept productive, it would help our balance of payments. Mugabe owns many of the repossessed white owned farms and none of them are productive. Will we become Zimzania ?

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This was published many years ago but I just found it on my old computer disc.

………………………………. tone    Do you remember this. When TV`s used to switch off to a dot that usually burned a hole in the screen coating,and you would look carefully at the screen to see if it was switched on because this pattern was usually also burned in, especially if it was 2nd hand.


Someone asked the other day, ‘What was your favorite fast food when you
were growing up?’

‘We didn’t have fast food when I was growing up,’ I informed him. ’All the food was slow.’
‘C’mon, seriously. Where did you eat?’
‘It was a place called ‘at home’, I explained!
‘Mum cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down
together at the dining room table, and if I didn’t like what she put on my
plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.’

By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious
internal damage, so I didn’t tell him the part about how I had to have
permission to leave the table. But here are some other things I would
have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have
handled it : Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore Levis, set
foot on a golf course, traveled out of the country or had a credit card.
My parents never drove me to school. I had a bicycle that weighed probably
50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow).

We didn’t have a television in our house until I was 19.
It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at
midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God; it came
back on the air at about 6 a.m. and there was usually a locally produced
news and farm show on, featuring local people. I never had a telephone in
my room.The only phone was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had
to listen and make sure some people you didn’t know weren’t already using
the line.

Pizzas were not delivered to our home… But milk was.
All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers
–my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. He had to get up at
6AM every morning. Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least,
they did in the movies. There were no movie ratings because all movies
were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity
or violence or most anything offensive. If you grew up in a generation
before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories
with your children or grandchildren. Just don’t blame me if they bust a
gut laughing. Growing up isn’t what it used to be, is it?

MEMORIES from a friend :

My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother’s house (she died in December) and
he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a
stopper with a bunch of holes in it. I knew immediately what it was, but
my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt
shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the
ironing board to ’sprinkle’ clothes with because we didn’t have steam
irons. Man, I am old. How many do you remember?

Head lights dimmer switches on the floor..
Ignition switches on the dashboard..
Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.
Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.
Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.

Older Than Dirt Quiz :
Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about
Ratings at the bottom.
1. Candy cigarettes
2. Coffee shops with tableside juke boxes
3. Home milk delivery in glass bottles
4. Party lines on the telephone
5. Newsreels before the movie
6. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were
there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there were only 3
channels [if you were fortunate])

7. Peashooters
8. Howdy Doody
9. 45 RPM records
10. Hi-fi’s
11. Metal ice trays with lever
12. Blue flashbulb
13. Cork popguns
14. Studebakers
15. Wash tub wringers

If you remembered 0-3 = You’re still young
If you remembered 3-6 = You are getting older
If you remembered 7-10 = Don’t tell your age,
If you remembered 11-15 =You’re older than dirt!
I might be older than dirt but those memories are some of the best parts
of my life.
Don’t forget to pass this along!!
Especially to all your really OLD friends….

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Today maybe slow but this is the second time I`ve got round to blogging today, I think I got up too early. I am very surprised how many birds have started visiting the garden since the cat has not been in residence.

Digital Image

There is now a breading pair of Coucal`s, they seem to find the biggest spiders and snails that I have ever seen. They dissapear into the bushes sometimes as I think they eat baby chicks from the many robins.They don`t come every day but when they do you hear them first calling to each other.


The Weaver birds must have finished nesting as these seem to be dropping from the trees. There is a kind of Weaver that likes to peck at my tomatoes when they are green so I have had to cover them in a net. I`m still trying to find out what they are called, they have black markings above the eyes very much like a robin but their body is like a weaver. If anyone has this problem please let me know.


Zapiro still tops my list of things to look at on a Sunday to liven up the morning, this is an old one.


I see the local pigeon has started smoking or is it trying to stop us, I supose we will never know as it doesn`t speak `Pigeon English` 🙂


Do you ever feel that you spend too much time in the kitchen ? I`m lucky to have a dedicated area for blogging and make sure I move away every now and then to do some gardening. I have quite a lot on today, I have to visit my kids and sort out some slow punctures and a DC/AC converter. The converter runs from a deep cycle battery and runs the TV when we have outages.

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With all that`s gone on in the last two blogs it`s made me think of the good times. We went to the farm today where we stayed with one of our daughters some time ago. I used to collect a lot of mushrooms in my spare time, I even wrote blogs on how to make nice tasting snacks. I used to take a pet pig called Alice with me as most of the places were in the bush. Most of the mushrooms I got were Pine Rings as they are very easy to identify.


She used to love the brush and her coat was very shiny because I would do twice a day.


She would rattle the stoop gate every morning for breakfast and then we would go for a long walk to get the mushrooms. She never eat them but she would find them under the pine needles. She was so protective, very much like a dog. The one time when we were out walking a trial biker came too close and she chased him, and even barked like a dog. I don`t know if she was imitating the dogs on the farm or not.Although she was a heavy pig she could run alongside of my car when I came down the driveway at 25km 🙂

car guard

She was also the most alert car guard I have ever had 🙂


One thing she did love was hard boiled eggs and eat them great finesse. That was OK because there were plenty of chickens on the farm 🙂

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I wrote about Trevor Noah this morning because his shows were still going round in my head. Anyway reality strikes back sometimes and I realize what a crap month this is. I wrote last week about 2 cats and a dog leaving this world but now I find that the groundsman at the Hermanus golf coarse died last week from cancer. Now I find out that my brother in law also from Hermanus was diagnosed at the local hospital also with cancer. The problem when you get over 80 the don`t seem to be so willing to spend money on scans and tests.As usual they claim lack of funds and staff ;-(


How long will this take to get to the Cape town ?

500gram sweet potato

I`ve just started clearing part of the veg garden ready for the winter crop and found that the Sweet Potatoes are finally ready. These are weighing in at 470 grams and make enough for the two of us to have with a meal. We have become used to them this week and find them better than ordinary potatoes as they are not so filling.


Today has been another strange one as far as the weather goes. My weather clock indicated rain last night but after 9 o`clock the sun came out for a few hours, but later on it clouded over again. Maybe the rain will come during the night and tomorrow will be fine 🙂


Well at least we were blessed with a decent sunset.

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After watching a few of Trevor Noah`s shows i think he has a good grasp of the political situation in South Africa. I like the way he takes all the things that we fret about every day and sees the funny side of them. He also delves into every race in the country and has obviously studied them in detail.If I was to make comments on politicians, I think they would be too practical but he can call someone a thief and make it comical. For an in depth description on his life use the hyperlink


spear trevtrev

Although most of the shows I saw he was wearing jeans and leather jacket he did say that he was looking forward to taking over as host for his show in the USA. I saw that interview on DSTV and pointed out that a lot of things are worse in that country than SA, although this was supported mainly by an America announcer 🙂


He also has facebook, twitter and many others for followers.

I was just trying a different format, back to normal latter today.

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At least the sunrises are different every day which makes them very photographic.


Although Queeny was a feral cat she gave us two years of company. At first she was called `Beryl the Feral `. She was a very scrawny cat and would not let you get within half a length of the garden near her. Through putting food and milk down every day she became close and filled out to be like a full size house cat. When it came to food time she would come close and rub aggainst your legs and twine around them, but if you tried to touch her she would rush away. This suited us as she slept outside on a cane chair, but as soon as the window opened in the morning she would jump up an meow for breakfast. Last week she came back from searching the neighborhood and began coughing, because she couldn`t eat her pellets we had to get so Tuna and mash it , he kept that down for a couple of days . On the following Monday we got Paws to come and look at her, they decided to try and get her into a cage. that proved quite a problem with her being feral, but we managed it. She was taken away but they informed us a few hours latter that the damage to her throat was too bad so they had to put her down. the whole family seems to be have pet problems, my son cat  `Tabatha` was run over and killed last Tuesday and my youngest daughter had their dog Gipsy die of old age.


This was `gipsy` three years ago when she still swam in the dam on a farm where she was staying.


After soaking this Sea Bean for over a week I decided to grind a bit off the edge to assist it to start sprouting. The closest name I can get is that this bean is some type of hamburger bean but when it grows we will find out where it comes from. Most of the Sea Bean info on the net comes from the USA so is difficult to apply.


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At the Airshow which was at our local airport they had quite a large crowd. Parking was a nightmare so we went to the farm and walked about a kilometer.

photo helecopters5

These Helicopters were fitted with both still and video cameras and very quiet. The only off putting thing was the price. It`s nice to get a big toy but you must have a big wallet 🙂


Even the Fire Service was there giving a demonstration of putting out a fire.

anotherveiw formation

It was finished off as usual with a fly past in formation. A lot of the small planes did acrobatics and I counted over 40 small planes in the aeropark. Other points of interest was a collection of flying scale models and a hovercraft.


Last week whilst walking along the beach I came across some more Sea Beans. These ones are called Hamburger Beans and have a very hard shell. I have soaked one for a week in water and it made no difference at all. I am going to grow it in a pot and see just how big it gets.


I`m just wondering if my one will grow like this. I found this on a webpage that deals in Sea Beans and growing them. At first I just thought they made nice jewelery when polished. A few years ago I wrote a blog about a bean plant that one of my Grand Sons grew and thinking back maybe that was a sea bean. he found it in a packet of artificial soil that came from China. this grew bean pods over a foot long with 8 seeds in a row and the vine grew up to the roof. I searched the web and asked on my blog but at the time no one could identify it. I think now I must find the blog and download the photos to check on the sea bean page 🙂


Now I know why they say  `Let sleeping dogs lay`. These Wild Dogs look so cuddly  when they sleep but I`ve seen them hunting their food and that`s not a pretty sight.


I had vines going up my outside wall but when the landlord found out snakes were climbing up to his balcony, the vines were cut down. I was glad really because the vines made a terrible mess with their leaves and fruit. The fruit was too bitter to eat but the birds thew them everywhere whilst they eat.


This was found in the Southern Africa at an archaeological dig dating back thousands of years, things haven`t changed much since then.

govt tender

I think they would get a `Gold Medal` for this event.


Apart from the usual problems we have  potholes and a declining health system. I think this idea for an ambulance is quite good but only for the walking wounded. but thinking about it maybe it`s no worse equipt than any other.

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Going with some of the most recent problems in South Africa there seems to be quite a few comedians on the net.

The first was an email that was sent to ESKOM.
I am sorry that I cannot pay my bill due to your load shedding as my bank account has gone into Stage 3 load shedding.

book cover
The other was from someone in Jo`berg to JZ.
Why must I keep paying my E-TOLLS ? as I also never asked for the road upgrades.

The old one was about the commemorative stamp that won`t stick, it was found that the people were spitting on the wrong side.


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