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Plettenberg Bay is not what I would call a bustling seaside resort and the beaches are not very interesting. But, we do have plenty of sand and sun though. We have a Whale watching company here on the Main Beach.

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I was lucky getting free trips on this boat and be able to take such photos close up. I have taken several hundred of these and it was exhilarating to be so close when the Whales breached. Most of the year you can see the Dolphins and Cape Fur Seals in a colony near Robberg.

Sunset at  Robberg

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This was also taken from the boat when approaching Robberg Peninsular.

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We have had a few fires around that area lately.

Both these Bats were photographed in the garden with flash.

We bow out to part one and a Sunrise over the Bay………………..

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I haven`t done much blogging for a few months so this one will be a bit long. Have you ever tried to revive an old blog that`s on another site, I have and it can be very disappointing when the forbidden notice comes up on the screen.

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This came up on iblog which is not a problem as it hasn`t been updated since 2012.

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This unfortunately was taken with a bad cell phone and is out of focus. The pictures at the bottom used to be changed every day to show who were the top favorites.

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Trying to grow my big Sea Bean didn`t work out very well as I over watered it in a heavy soil and it went black. I think I should have grown it like the Avacado Pear pips on the window ledge.

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I still enjoy watching the sunrise every morning with my first coffee and cigarette. then at night time there is always the Sunset, if I remember.

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Life is still amusing especially when you see things like this. Why are these men shoveling gravel into a front loader? Maybe someone didn`t read the instruction manual for the front loader.
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This Autogiro is quite strange as it was built from a kit. It has a pusher prop at the back and the rotor spins as it moves forward to give it lift. I see it quite often down near the beach but it landed one day at the Airport near the farm. I don`t think they travel very fast as the helicopters leave it well behind.
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These Pansy Shells used to be found in abundance on the Plettenberg Bay beaches many years ago but I haven`t seen one there in the last five years. When I first started detecting on the beaches people said maybe I would find some shells there but so far they have been allusive.
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If you think that it never snows in South African towns just look at this photo taken a few years ago. This is only about 200 meters from the sea. Even the beach had snow on it.

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This was my brothers back garden in the UK the same year, as you can see the snow was a lot deeper there even 6 months later.
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For people who like memorial foot paths, this was inlaid into the pavement near Buckingham Palace. Very similar to the sidewalk near Hollywood in the USA but smaller.
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I am  still sorting out my computers and found that this will be my 455th blog on this username. Sorting out the old  emails on this computer was a bigger job than I first thought. I found that I had saved every email for the last few years, I`ve cut it down now to personal and comments and has cut them down by 80%. I`m starting this one with a sun rising up from the sea in animation.

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This is not a very good example as it was done with a cell phone.

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I`m still waiting for the sea bean to sprout , I ground it down on the edges and put it in a pot with some good soil and have waited nearly a week.

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Whilst metal detecting on the local beach i came across a small seal that had a very peculiar mark on it, what do you think did this.

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the beach can be quite a good place to get unusual photos.

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1) Sea Slug

2) The usual flotsom

3) Paw print

4) Volcano, usually White Mussel

5) Odd shapes like sand roses in the desert

6) One shoe on back to front

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Birds make quite good subjects to photograph, it just takes time. Gannets are quite good to watch as they come down fast and then fold their wings before hitting the water. From the height that they start the fall it`s surprising how small the splash is, they go quite deep and are very good fishers. I wish my fishing was so successful 🙂

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I think it`s better to put a few photos onto an animation as I have done before. This saves the blog getting too long because it`s hard to find new words to explain them. This is some of the sunrises lately, some were lucky enough to have birds in them.

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It`s always strange to find signs like this when you are in the middle of the Karroo because there are no cell phone masts. also if you have a breakdown how are you going to get 175 kilometers up the road without a lift ? That`s if anyone will stop.

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Industry seems to be picking up as we now have a fully BEE company marketing the first all South African Bakki. It is more fuel efficient than the imported one and the workers can all sit up front.

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Some of the Sea Beans seem to be growing well but I don`t know if they will give edible fruits or grow to their full size.

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These are how they are found on the beach. I first got interested when I went metal detecting on the beach with my youngest daughter, as she had quite a collection of them .She had only polished them to make jewelery, so we decided to see if they would grow. In my earlier blog I ground the edges away on a large seed and am trying to grow it but it`s taking it`s time to sprout.

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These are some that have been found in the last few weeks of metal detecting on the local beach.

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Here are a few jokes, maybe you`ve seen them before…..

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I hope you at least had a smile today 🙂   Leo

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The first is the sunset today that is not very interesting due to the showers today.

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Since to cat is no longer prowling in the garden the wild birds have taken over.

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In my next blog i`ll discuss the taming of the Butcher birds in Hermanus. i did write it all out in this blog but it didn`t save the draft 🙂

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The sea bean got another grinding around the edge and soaked in water for a couple of days and looks like it`s going to sprout so I planted it in a pot. I`m hoping to be able to show it growing soon. they seem to grow quite well in the USA so keeping my fingers crossed.

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I won`t comment on these, but they do seem to hit the news very often.

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Have you seen anything like this in the sky lately. This was seen near the Southern Cross a few years ago when I still used a film camera and took time photos at night.as you can see it was traveling at right angles to the movement of the earth or stars, which ever way you look  at it.

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This was a shooting star and that traveled more or less in the same direction as the stars appear. This was taken on the same night in the same position.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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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