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They used to party a lot round here before the fire.

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I mentioned in an earlier blog that the baboons had been burned out of their natural habitat up on the airport road. even the veggie garden at the farm is half burned out so there are only sweet potatoes there. In my veggie garden the sweet potatoes did not yield much when I dug them up, there seemed very few big ones, but the baboons found them digging with their hands. On going round the side of the house after hearing several grunts I found a big Baboon sitting on the wall eating a very large sweet potato as if it was a Hotdog. they had eaten most of the Turnips and pulled all the tomato plants out. This was after the last fire so I`m just waiting now to see what will happen.

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When they came last time it seemed like a family affair.

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When big daddy appeared in the bushes , things changed.

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On showing his teeth it was best to go inside 🙂

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I think he`s outmaneuvered me, but he looks a lot smaller and did not like being on the same stoop.

I am busy pulling as many turnips and sweet potatoes up as can be used and just hope they don`t rubbish my bean plants like last time. It`s time now to plant the winter veg in the front where an eye can be kept on them. So most of the things used in the kitchen are mostly in pots or troughs.
The ground around the farm areas will be quite fertile for the next crop as there is a lot of burned foliage and ash to dig in, before it`s blown away with the wind. There are a lot of places that I saw in that area that have already got vynbos coming through after a week or so. I think most of the problems were caused by the pine trees as the vynbos needs a fire to get regrowth and are not so difficult to contain, as I saw on one of the farms nearby. Our municipality decided many months ago not to collect garden refuge which is causing fly tipping. I think if they collected it still and made it into compost for sale, it would produce employment for those who cannot do technical jobs and improve the local situation.

I think it`s time to dress up and scare them away.

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Well we have had some good rain lately so that must be good, and the wind has dropped.

 

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Things have been a bit hectic around Plett since the big fire.Taking a drive round the back roads there are still a lot of places that need to be cleared of half burned shrubs and trees. There are still hot spots around which were caused mainly by sparks blown in the wind.
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We are having a good rain at the moment so the little fires should get dampened. We went to the farm at the weaken and there were still a few swirls of smoke coming from the bush. They were mostly the pine needles and dead leaves but still flare up when the berg wind blew. It`s been a cold wind for a few days so that does help.
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One of the other problems is the water restrictions. I don`t worry so much with the flowers anymore but having a water butt enables me to keep my veggies growing. It`s amassing how little water is needed on some veggies to keep them in good health.It`s very strange how a house that is only meters away from the fire front can escape completely.
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This farm only had vynbos around it so was not difficult to save.
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It is easy to see a local car now in the car park as they are coated with ash. I left my car windows just cracked open but the next day it looked like a snow globe inside. Not only is it like living in an ashtray when traveling round but the inside of the car had to have a body spray. There has been a few cases of youngsters letting off crackers and signal flares in the bush beneath the lookout, some have been arrested. I think they are trying to get some time off school because the one I saw was a local teenager .
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Today the sunrise was like a black and white film, so it will be a few days before there is some colour. There was at least a little green still surviving amongst the ashes.
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Today the weather seems very bad towards Cape Town. We have had a Berg wind for the last few days and my climbing beans are looking very wind blown. I had put a shield round them and give them a good watering. The sky is quite overcast today and we have a Velt fire towards Knysna which can be seen on the right hand side of the photo.smoke

Another view from the same site above Plettenberg Bay.

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As you can see, it`s also a bit dark here too. Not a good sunrise today.

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As you can see, the problems in my last blog have only got worse. 🙂 We even had a power outage to add to this, but at least today we have water. 🙂

 

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I haven`t blogged for a while and am suffering from withdrawal as I used to be a bloggerholic. The sky in the morning always seems more interesting in the winter months so  will start off with yesterday.

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As we have a problem with water in the Cape its quite surprising that there are so many veggies still growing.I`ve been using rain water for a while now and it`s getting low so may have to use grey water.

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There are quite a few insects and other creepy crawlies around. i find the Prey Mantis very resourceful.When they catch a bee or wasp they keep the sting out of the way while they eat it.i was very surprise to see the even eat Gecko`s, but they do it while it is alive.

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The Butcher Bird also likes a live breakfast.breakfastbird

There is always a place for a joke and laughter is the best medicine.

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Do you remember when this coin would buy a box of matches ?cows head

And I thought that only wild animals got mounted. Surely this didn`t need tracking ?

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This little camera makes a good carcam and can also be viewed on my smartphone while shopping, so is better than an alarm. It`s used for divers under water and divers from planes.It came with a host of mounting attachments.

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My veggie garden is looking like an advert for the Spear.

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There are still some old friends that come to visit so all is not lost.

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It seems that spelling in school is still a problem even though we have so many departments.

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During the Whale season here we don`t get photos like this very often as there seems to be quite a radicle change in the whale population.you have to go quite far out in the bay now and most of the Whales are not Southern Right Whales like they were a few years ago.

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It`s quite funny how a few years ago I was building fairy houses like this for my grand children and now all they want to see is a smart phone or computer. where do the years go to as you get older ? These photos have been on earlier blogs which seems to be a form of rambling but they are from ones that never went anywhere 🙂

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year , just in case I don`t blog for a while 🙂

 

 

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When I came to SA in 1963 you could buy something with this coin. now it`s worth more as scrap.
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Even though the cat is fed twice a day it just seems to like finding it`s own, and using a lot more energy 🙂
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The pig seems to be protecting it`s food quite well even against a pitbull.
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I think I will be moving again soon and hope things go a bit smoother. Maybe a removal company would be better 🙂
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When you have Grand daughters you sometimes have to change your garden ornaments.
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I`m just hoping that they learn to spell before they get a job 🙂
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Why didn`t they just make the door open outwards ?
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I went out on my daughters boat and got some close ups of some Whales ans Dolphins in the bay.
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To end with I found these on my hard drive, they may cause a smile.

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This may just be a cultural thing, but at least it`s advertising 🙂

I would just like to know how it was put under my windscreen wiper blade 1000 km away.

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I was just thinking that since cell phones are now standard with a camera of reasonable quality, my camera which was much more expensive now stays next to my computer. I also take a lot more photos, most of which get deleted. It has become a ritual to take pictures just to put on a blog, sad. Anyway here are a few taken lately of the creatures around the garden.

I caught this frog climbing out of the pool at the farm, it is much better marked than the ones in my garden.

The only thing with this one is it`s red feet with suckers on, I think it is to climb trees.

I think that my friend the local pigeon wants to smoke like the monkey in the jo`berg zoo.

There are still a lot of creepy crawlies around, but this one just ran up my arm with no problems.

This one I found in my wastepaper basket, but I don`t think I will let this one run up my arm J

This one was taken in Woolies, at first I thought with it being in the woman section it read `I have nothing to wear` J

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