Monday, November 20, 2017

Me and my dog

We're still on the estate "squatting" in Steve and Estelle's one accommodation unit. I'll post about the building progress soon. 

Meanwhile, when I get home, it's kick off my smart sandals, don my walking shoes and (by this time Skabenga, is panting and whining next to me in the small space next to my bed),  we walk outside and onto the driveway. 

Oh, this is all after work. It happens again and again and again during the night. I can't think or remember who started this habit of walking at midnight, 2am, 3.30am and finally an official early morning walk at 5am! 

The driveway which leads through two other properties and to the veld beyond 
Yesterday I snapped a Reedbuck grazing in the distance 

Yip; I do this same walk about three time (minimum) during the night. I enjoy it. Skabenga loves it! 


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Cute kitties post

Hi Bozo and Mum's blog readers; this is Ambrose with an update on the cute Hedges kitties.

Last week Dad Ginger was asleep on his chair and cushion and I decided to horn in on his space. 
 Dad Ginger on the left, was pushed up by me! 
 Oi Dad, you're cramping my style! 
Aaah, that's always nice when Dad Ginger grooms me! 

Then this morning, Unca Shadow was resting under the blanket; when he tried to come out, he was afraid because Dad Ginger gave him the "eye".

 Can you see Unca Shadow peeping out under the blanket? 
Aunty Chappie watched us from the top of the wood stove 

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Cave Critter

Some of you may know that I've started with vacation accommodation. The unit for rent as self-catering is a cave made out of rock. Steve, our good friend and the artist whose work I sell in the shop, built the cave for a Johannesburg businessman, Ian. He, in turn approached me to manage the hire for him.

It's a whole new ball game. Fortunately I have Estelle, Steve's wife who is helping me with bookings and ensuing guests. 

I've spent most of this week during quiet moments at the shop, setting up a website on AirBnB. At the moment we're living right next door to the accommodation. When we move into our little cottage on the hill, we'll be a few kilometers away but still available to check guests in when they arrive.

Meanwhile I was in the cave earlier this week and of course, Sir Skabenga the Lab had to accompany his mama. 

When we emerged, I checked around the top of the cave at the state of the garden and pool (which will be Grant's responsibility). Skabenga decided to test a couple of the shallow ponds at the same time.
 Part of the front of the cave 
 The top of the cave 
 The cave is adjacent to Ian's family home

 Head first into the water 
 This is so exciting! 

 I love lapping water while I plodge! 
The top of the cave with a deep rock pool for cooling down in

For anyone interested do click on my website link here - my unit is called Cave Inn 

I'm linking to Saturday Critters with Eileen here


Friday, November 17, 2017

Snow in mid-summer

After excrutiatingly hot weather earlier this week, we awoke on Thursday morning to rain (so welcome) and snow! 
When the clouds lifted mid-morning on Thursday, we all dashed out of our shops to photograph the snowy peaks 
The snowy peaks this morning at 4.32 while I walked the dog 

I'm linking to Skywatch Friday here


Thursday, November 16, 2017

What a surprise!

Over the weeks I've posted about the art shop and any new and different items on Facebook. I have many likes and comments from local people. However, blogger friend, Penny, Eileen, Sandra, Kay, Betsy and Gaelyn also follow my posts and comment on them, while "old" friends from our mining days like and comment on my posts as well.

Great was my surprise when I received a Whatsapp last evening. It was from an unknown number) and the message asked "where in the mountains is this cute little shop you advertise on Facebook?" I enlarged the profile photo and saw it was a  friend, Linda from Marquard. I've since changed my phone and didn't have her on my new contact list. 

I replied to her Whatsapp asking where they were staying in the Drakensberg. She said they were at Champagne Sports Resort which is opposite the shopping center and that they would be popping in this morning.

Linda's daughter, Mandie lived opposite us in Marquard Mandie's immediate neighbor was Trudie another good friend of mine. 

I was thrilled to see Mandie. Linda and Trudie at my shop earlier today. Mandie's little boy, Luke, dashed up to me, arms wide open and hugged me. I was touched that this little six-year-old remembered the old 'aunt' who lived near him until last year. 

Of course, we all had a wonderful chat and the ladies shopped for gifts in my shop as well. Even Luke; he bought a magnet with a lion on it for his granddad whose birthday it is tomorrow. He told me "My oupa will be 65 tomorrow" 

The weather has turned unbelievably cold and at last we've had good rains. When the mountain
s opened up (while my friends were visiting), they were covered with snow . Luke insisted I walk outside with him and see the big mountains full of snow! 

So precious. 
A few of the items which I advertised on Facebook this week 
A natural cream and a vitamin booster (and my resultant nails) which I advertised this week on Facebook 
Linda, moi and Trudi, happy to see each other after so long


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Southern Bou-bou

The southern boubou (Laniarius ferrugineus) ('ferrugineus' - rust-coloured) is a  bushrike. 
This species is found in southeastern Africa, in southeastern  Zimbabwe, eastern Botswana,   Mozambique and southern and eastern South Africa.  It frequents dense thickets in forests, mangroves, scrub and gardens. In drier regions, it is found in riverside woodland.
 Southern bou-bou 
 Note the thick bush it's sitting in 

The male southern boubou is a fairly distinctive 20–22 cm long bird with black upperparts extending from the top of the head down to the tail, a striking white wing stripe, and a relatively long black tail with white outer feathers. The underparts are white shading to rufous on the lower belly, undertail and flanks. The bill, eyes and legs are black.
The female is similar to the male, but dark grey above and with a rufous wash to the breast. Young birds are like the female, but mottled buff-brown above, have a buff wash to the wing bar, and are barred below.

I'm not sure whether this is male or female. My photos are too indistinct. Just happy I was able capture this elusive bird in Caroline's garden. 

I'm linking to Wild Bird Wednesday here


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A quick ride

This Saturday past had been very busy on the veranda and I did good business. Sundays can sometimes be lucrative (as I've proved while running the art shop) but this particular day, I noticed the cars were streaming up the road past the centre and going home. Not bothering to stop.
After being opened for two hours, and greeting about 15 people who walked straight past the shop, Grant and I decided to close up. 

We were going on a bike ride.

We did, we had a lovely ride and ended up at an eatery where we had a light meal and iced cold drinks. 

As we walked out, Grant pointe to a painting on the wall: it was the Muthi/meerkat painting which draws the most attention to the shop. 

I told the youmg man who'd served us, we knew the artist and had known the dog, who'd crossed the Rainbow Bridges two months ago. He said he'd take a photo of us posing next to the painting.
Posing in front of the famous Muthi / Meerkats painting 

I'm linking to Our World Tuesday here


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Dad Ginger and the litter tray

Hi Bozo and Mum's blog readers; this is Ambrose and as usual I've found cool photos on Mum's laptop to post here.

We had a kitty laugh earlier this week. While Mum watched Dad Ginger walked towards the toilet; a place none of us kitties visits! She followed him and was surprised to see him pull himself up onto the closed toilet seat. 

"Aha," she said to our yoomen dad, "I've left the litter tray outside" and promptly brought inside. 
Of course, Mum took a photo! 

Dad Ginger immediately used the sandbox (and this time Mum didn't take a photo!)

Skabenga the dog still sleeps indoors and Mum takes him for many walks during the night. He has a special toy mouse which he keeps between his paws while he sleeps. 

 Skabenga and his toy mouse 
 The toy mouse which Skabenga loves 
 Aunty Chappie is at the cookie bowl 
I am tired after posting these photos 

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Whispering Critters

Lately I've not been outside to snap critters. However, walking past the retaining wall at the shack door, I noticed the two garden ornaments (meerkats) were having a whispered conference.

Take a look and let me know what you think. 

I'm linking to Saturday Critters with Eileen here


Friday, November 10, 2017

Sunset over Cathkin Peak

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Life on the Veranda!

Collette, here below owns the shop two doors from me. She sells cattle hides, leather goods (purses, wallets, belts and handbags); antique porcelain and glassware, handcrafted furniture and all manner of other items such as the hammock on which she's hanging ! 

As the centre was very quiet yesterday, we were standing on the sunny veranda chewing the fat. Collette decided to liven the place up and of course, I couldn't resist taking photos! 

She also has a refuge for stray cats and dogs. Earlier this week she brought a kitten to work - it's asleep in a basket in her shop today - and Charmaine (the lady in pink above) who manages the bottle store /off sales next door to me, is taking the little mite for her mum. 

Of course, I had to take photos! 


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Red-collared Widowbird

Red-collared Widowbird (male) 

The red-collared widowbird (Euplectes ardens) is a species of bird in the family Ploceidae. Red-collared widowbirds are found in grasslands and bush clearings in Eastern and Southern Africa.They are known for their long tails and brilliant red badges, both which act as sexual ornaments. They are often associated with other widowbird and bishop species. They are polygynous, where males acquisition of territory is an important determinant in their access to mates. Red-collared widowbirds have a wide range and there is little concern in terms of conservation status.

I was sitting on the roof of the shack on Saturday when this small flock of Red-collared Widowbirds landed in a connifer quite a distance away. These are all males in full breeding plumage. The females are pretty LBJ's (little brown jobs) with speckled plumage. 
Red-collared Widowbird (female) Image Google 

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