Friday, July 21, 2017

Sunrise with a difference

This week I walked outside and saw the sun was rising through a neat opening between two bath towels on my washing line. I grabbed my camera and as I took the photo,  a bird l landed on the fence behind the line...

I'm linking to Skywatch Friday here

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Long-crested Eagle

The long-crested eagle is a distinctive eagle when perched due to the long, shaggy crest and all dark plumage. The adults are blackish-brown with long, thin feathers growing from the rear of the crown which are held erect to forma crest. The secondary feathers are black barred with light grey and with broad black tips, the primary feathers and median underwing coverts are white, forming a noticeable white patch on the upper and lower surfaces of the wing which is visible in flight. The tail is black, barred with pale grey.[2] The eyes of adults are bright yellow but can be darker in females, and the cere and feet are yellow, paling to white in males.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Mum's home!

Hi Bozo and Mum's blog readers; this is Ambrose and I'm happy because Mum's home. She and our yoomen dad went to a F A A R place to fetch stuff. We were well cared for here while she was away: Aunty Debbie and cousin Eryn looked after us and even let us stay outdoors exploring until L A T E at night! 

I'm making sure Mum has to take me along next time she goes to a F A A R place!

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Horsey critters

While traveling home from the Free State earlier this week, we stopped so that I could take photos of the beautiful scenery (and of course, any birds we saw). While snapping a small flock of cormorants on a scenic dam, I heard a clip-clop of horse's hooves behind me on the tar. I swung around and snapped...

While hiking in the mountains two weeks ago (before I bruised my foot! 😢) we passed through the grounds of a well-known hotel. Several horses were grazing on the lawn but one specifically caught my eye. As I took its photo, my dear friend, Meredith told me it was called an Appaloosa also known as a painted horse. She also mentioned that they weren't known as being easy-natured horses.

Back home I remembered to photograph the new horse, Archie and surviving miniature horse, Angus. When I downloaded the photos, I realized that Archie's coat was slipping over his left side! 
Archie and Angus (who looks smaller than our Lab, Skabenga) 

When we returned from our trip to the Free State, we met the latest addition to the farm, a rescue horse called Sally whom Debbie had adopted. 

Debbie with lovely Sally, the newest member of the farm family 

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Winter sunset

On Wednesday evening we set out from the farm to attend our Probus committee meeting. As I opened the first gate, my eye caught the beautiful sunset over the fields. 

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Quick trip to Marquard

For those who remembered how I lost all my cards, ID documents, driver's licences and my Smartphone on a bike trip in March, I had a wonderful surprise last week. I received a text message saying that my one data contract is due for upgrade.When I phoned the lady who always deals with my phone upgrades in Bloemfontein, she said I could upgrade the router to a new Smartphone. I have a bigger router so I'd not used this one since December. 

Long story short, I popped into the Vodacom shop and within an hour I walked out with a brand new Samsung S3 Smartphone. Exactly like the one I lost off the back of the motorbike except this one is gold. 

My upgrade new Samsung Smartphone

While I was busy in the cellphone shop, Grant bumped into a fellow biker who we'd met at the AGM in mid-June. Later we met for a coffee in the mall. 
 Grant and Gerrie enjoying a coffee

Later we met up with the president of the motorcycle association and of course, I took photos. 
Neels and Grant 

On Tuesday Grant had arranged for John and Jacob (who worked for him in Marquard) to help him load the heavy equipment from the storage. 
Brothers John and Jacob sitting on the bike trailer ready to help Grant load 

I looked for a few things in storage but actually don't need much more at this stage. However, I clambered up onto a pile of boxes to see if I could find my Harley Davidson boots. After opening three boxes, not finding what I wanted and trying to push the stuff back into the boxes, I closed them and turned around. I stepped down gingerly onto the second box and then onto my linen chest. My foot slipped and I tumbled to the floor with my left leg under my butt. Errrggghh. I could actually hear the crunch as I hurt my foot. 

By this time Grant and his helpers were finished loading and he suggested I pop into the doctor's surgery to check up on the damage. I saw the doctor's assistant, Tracy who examined my foot and fortunately diagnosed that nothing was broken or fractured. I'd just suffered a nasty bruise. 
My bruised foot which is going down with ice-packs 
and keeping it elevated

We duly said goodbye to MIL Pam, packed our cases into the car and bid Rina farewell. It's always such a pleasure to stay with her and it's always with heavy hearts that we greet each other. 

Entering the Golden Gate National Park I cannot resist taking dozens of photos as we drive down. The views are awesome. 
The Free State at its best! 
Once again, Grant stopped at the scenic dam where I'd photographed the cormorants on the way up on Sunday. 

The vehicle and trailer were loaded to the hilt

We arrived home in the mountains at 4.30 and unloaded our suitcases and personal effects. Yesterday morning Grant drove all down to the workshop and with the help of two men there, he's unloaded it and set it up to his satisfaction. 


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

One way of seeing it

I'm linking to Wordless Wednesday here

Birding along the way

Hello everyone. I've been away from Blogger again due to traveling. This time in a vehicle, not on a motorcycle. Grant wanted to collect the last of his tools from storage in Marquard. We hooked a trailer to the vehicle and off we went on Sunday morning. 

As usual we stayed over with our friend Rina who lives in the retirement village just in front of Grant's mum's unit. So we were able to visit with MIL Pam on several occasions in between enjoying a delicious Sunday lunch that Rina cooked; spent a day in the city doing business and then back to Marquard to collect the equipment and tools. 

On the way up and back home, Grant stopped at a beautiful dam in the Golden Gate National Highlands Park for me to take photos. 

 A beautiful dam along the road when we travel between the Berg and  Marquard 
 Reed Cormorant drying its wings
  I was challenged by the glare off the water and Grant kept up a running commentary about how many cormorants were on the branches

 Eventually there were four birds on the branch with two ducks sailing into the picture as well! 

 Back on the farm road at the first gate I have to open,
 Grant stopped for me to photograph a Swainson's Spurfowl

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Kitties new laundry

Hi Bozo and Mum's blog readers; this is Ambrose with this week's post.

Mum's done a lot of laundry this week, washing all our toys, the toy basket and the green slip for our pillow. 

Here Dad Ginger and I sleep on the newly washed pillow slip 
 Unca Shadow resting on Mum's bed
Aunty Chappie also resting on Mum's bed 

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Various Critters

This week I have a small but "weird" selection of critters. On Thursday night we attended our monthly Probus meeting in the Valley. Grant and I had gone earlier than normal as I was helping the treasurer to do the registrations at the door. As we walked to the venue, we stopped to admire the resident cat who was having a fun time on the golf course. 

 Am I a handsome lad or what? 

The talk at Probus was about Egypt. One of the facts the speaker mentioned, was that the Scarab Beetle was sacred to the Egyptians. (this was one of the many creatures critters that the Egyptians worshiped) 
A curio in the form of a Scarab Beetle which the speaker passed around the audience

Back home on our bathroom wall, a Daddy-long-legs spider (Pholcidae)  female had caught a meal. The male, a tiny specimen,  sat a short distance from her. Taking photos of the female was quite a challenge due to the stark white wall behind her, but eventually I managed to get a few decent ones.  The next morning Grant discovered what the spider had caught: an earwig ! 

Daddy-long-legs female spider overpowering her prey with the tiny male spider in the top right-hand corner 

My sweet Skabenga hasn't featured to often in my posts lately. Yesterday Grant dressed him in a biker's buff and even though Skabenga immediately started to clown around, I managed to photograph the rascal! 

Skabenga looking sheepish and quite small wearing his dad's buff! 

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