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I have done a lot of sorting on hard drives and boxes of photo`s lately as i`m trying to downsize. In doing so I found some old 35 mm colour slides of some of the trips I made around Southern Africa on my motor bikes.  These were interesting times and some of the places have changed since then, especially the names. When I have digitised them I think they will make another blog of the old times.

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Walking Sticks for all Occasions.           How to make them.

A small selection of home made walking sticks.

A small selection of home made walking sticks.

Because I have always spent a lot of my time outdoors and usually on the beach or in the bush, sticks have always been part of the equipment. I have made so many I can`t count them. Most have been given as gifts and are in daily use. This collection goes from sword-stick to knobkerry. The one that looks something like a hippo`s head was a branch that I found on Muizenberg mountain after the fire some 40 years ago.

jenny-stick-hdlong-skull1

The long skull is not finished yet as I want to work on it with my dremmel, to give it teeth.

redblue-eyescig-holder-skull

I used the same mould as I did for the other skull stick, except rotated it so the skull went down the stick,and easier to hold. the other skull I use mostly on the beach as its lighter and very good for moving kelp, to see what is washed up.

Update:– I have since found a set of small flashing lights amongst some Star wars Laser swords that my Grandkids threw out. They were just the job, the next skull has the LED`s in the sockets, the small electronic pack with batteries fits in the base of the skull. The lights do not flash until the two metal pins at the top are touched by my hand..These are connected to a very simple touch switch. A small micro-switch was used on the prototype, they are 5 mm square and 2.5 mm thick. They were taken off an old PC board.

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On my return to the Wolf Sanctuary I took a few photo`s of some of the animals in the Petting Zoo where Alice is now living. I have put them in an animation so as to save space on the blog.
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I spend quite a bit of time wandering on the beach and around the farm with either a camera or phone. Having become a compulsive picture taker since getting my first digital camera I like to put  some on my blog. I store what I think may come in handy on some spare hard drives for maybe using latter when I feel lazy. The first two are for seeing the short video of our local sea slugs that reside in the lagoon.

The first one is a candle , but this beach is very windy which has made most of the wax flow into the sand.

Looking on my computer station I still have an ashtray left from my disastrous time of making things with skulls. I made sword sticks, ornaments, ashtrays and general talking pieces, but the theme was wrong so most have been given away.

Whilst photographing the Seals at Robberg Beach I didn`t notice that there was a Caracul in the picture until I saw it on the computer screen. Below this rock the seals bathe and lay in the sun.

A bit of humour always goes down well, although mine is considered weird sometimes. I often wonder when out in the Whale Watching boats if these Southern Rights are curious or intimidating when they come up to the gunwales like this.

There is one thing that I am certain of and this is that Alice only does this for more food, usually treats.

It`s a good job pigs don`t fly or perform the shower song..

I suppose there must be a joke here somewhere……………………………….

Be very careful where you take your photo`s they may offend some people. 🙂

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I am very surprised to find that for two days on the run I am still connected to the Internet. Its good because I can read the blogs of all the people that have visited mine. I think that all bloggers should have an email address on their blog header then we could make a more personal comment. My blogs have changed over the years, I started off mostly with practical info but people seem to prefer a more personal blog with a bit of humour.

Since staying in the sticks my blogs are getting a bit polarized and when I run out of new things I resort to cut and past. I thank all my friends for the emails containing very good material.

I was reading a blog by Roly earlier where he wrote about keeping too many things, well this was a wall in my workshop six months ago.

I have now sent most of it tomy brother in the UK to put on the wall of his Dojo .                                             (senei@shingitaikarate.com )

Many cut and paste items are either computer or animal orientated. Alice the pig is not mine she belongs to my daughter, but it takes a lot of time to keep her happy. Every day she has food cooked and has now insisted on a good brushing  and de-ticking twice a day after meals. 🙂

Living on a farm has it`s problems , especially when I want to print. 🙂

I am the Worlds worst salesman as most of the things I have made have been given away. I made a lot of ashtrays like this and some walking sticks and my youngest daughter (info@oceansafaris.co.za ) sold them in her shop. I did write a article on how to cast and make these on,  my web page.

I still find Sunrise and sunset photo`s very interesting as there are no two the same. Also lightning is interesting but requires a lot of frames before you get a good one.

This blog is more like ” pictures file re-visited” or just ramblings of an old blogger. 🙂

Enjoy your weekend, all the best Leo

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A small selection of home made walking sticks.
A small selection of home made walking sticks.

Because I have always spent a lot of my time outdoors and usually on the beach or in the bush, sticks have always been part of the equiptment. I have made so many i cannot count them. Most have been given as gifts and are in daily use. This collection goes from swordstick to knobkerry. The one that looks somethning like a hippo`s head was a branch that I found on Muizenberg mountain after the fire some 40 years ago.

jenny-stick-hdlong-skull1

The long skull is not finished yet as I want to work on it with my dremmel, to give it teeth.

redblue-eyescig-holder-skull

I used the same mould as I did for the other skull stick, except rotated it so the skull went down the stick,and easier to hold. the other skull I use mostly on the beach as its lighter and very good for moving kelp, to see what is washed up.

Update:– I have since found a set of small flashing lights amongst some Star wars Laser swords that my Grandkids threw out. They were just the job, the next skull has the LED`s in the sockets, the small electronic pack with batteries fits in the base of the skull. The lights do not flsh until the two metal pins at the top are tuoched by my hand..These are connected to a very simple touch switch. A small microswitch was used on the prototype, they are 5 mm square and 2.5 mm thick. They were taken off an old PC board.

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A small selection of home made walking sticks.

A small selection of home made walking sticks.

Because I have always spent a lot of my time outdoors and usually on the beach or in the bush, sticks have always been part of the equiptment. I have made so many i cannot count them. Most have been given as gifts and are in daily use. This collection goes from swordstick to knobkerry. The one that looks somethning like a hippo`s head was a branch that I found on Muizenberg mountain after the fire some 40 years ago.

jenny-stick-hdlong-skull1

The long skull is not finished yet as I want to work on it with my dremmel, to give it teeth.

redblue-eyescig-holder-skull

I used the same mould as I did for the other skull stick, except rotated it so the skull went down the stick,and easier to hold. the other skull I use mostly on the beach as its lighter and very good for moving kelp, to see what is washed up.

Update:– I have since found a set of small flashing lights amongst some Star wars Laser swords that my Grandkids threw out. They were just the job, the next skull has the LED`s in the sockets, the small electronic pack with batteries fits in the base of the skull. The lights do not flash until the two metal pins at the top are touched by my hand..These are connected to a very simple touch switch. A small micro switch was used on the prototype, they are 5 mm square and 2.5 mm thick. They were taken off an old PC board.

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