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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