Morning Sun from the West!?

I suddenly realised yesterday that the Yellow-bellied Greenbul was in bright light, as was the Purple-crested Turaco that was the next lady for a shave. It was 8am and the trouble with my birdbath is that it’s in deep shade and the morning light from behind makes photography difficult. Took me a while to workContinue reading “Morning Sun from the West!?”

Lawn Butterfly

I always have little ‘blues’ on my lawn; small butterflies, some tiny that flit about too small, too fast and too pale for my camera to get a decent shot. They usually look little pale grey beauties. But yesterday one was different, bigger; so I out with the camera and managed to get two fuzzyContinue reading “Lawn Butterfly”

Palmiet Lockdown Portfolio

Lockdown has given us the opportunity to share pictures of birds and mammals and insects and other creatures seen. And plants, which I’ll show in another post. Thanks to the lovely gang of Palmiet Rangers for sharing these! I’m afraid I don’t know all their full names, but the top pic was by Roy Smith,Continue reading “Palmiet Lockdown Portfolio”

Lockdown Loaded – 2

~~~oo0oo~~~ Then it rained and I remembered a bit late about my duvet! I had put it out to dry in the sun! So I brought it inside – wet – and stayed inside. Mistake! I shouldn’t have! ALL the neighbours showed me what I missed – a rainbow in a sunset! ~~~oo0oo~~~

Of Cherry Trees and Kleinhuisies

I spotted this in my garden and verily I kneweth it was not good. But what was it? I asked the Palmiet Rangers, elite volunteer conservation defence force ably led by Field Marshall Geoffrey Poncenby-Carruthers GCMG. The answer came swiftly: CHERRY TREE! That immediately brought an important history lesson – or myth? – to mind.Continue reading “Of Cherry Trees and Kleinhuisies”

Sanity Break

Kids – six of them! – driving me crazy so I pack a flask of coffee, some buttermilk rusks, grab my binocs and waai. Three minutes away to the Palmiet Nature Reserve on my doorstep. Just me. Two hours later off to Pigeon Valley in town for another two hours. Palmiet is only 90ha inContinue reading “Sanity Break”

Ignorance is Bliss

Found this tiny snake in my pool weir. Immediately set off to find my net – I have a dark little net they often just crawl into for refuge, making catching them easy. I very seldom handle a snake. Besides caution I really don’t want to injure them. Also I suspected this one may haveContinue reading “Ignorance is Bliss”

Palmiet Rangers

Field Marshal Geoffrey Carruthers OBE VC ESO with bar, decided we needed to jack up the patrolling of the Palmiet Nature Reserve. So he issued a decree and press-ganged a bunch of people into becoming rangers – Palmiet Rangers! and promised us suitable uniforms for the job. We thought YAY! something like this: but allContinue reading “Palmiet Rangers”

New Lease On (wild) Life

Geoffrey Caruth is a doer. He gets going. He has run an indigenous nursery in an industrial area for decades, he ran an Olde Heritage Shoppe for years, he built a pond in a park – as a donation to the people of Westville; he has a lovely young (much younger!) wife and two uglyContinue reading “New Lease On (wild) Life”