I am smiling from ear to ear
and can’t stop !
I BOUGHT MYSELF A NEW LAPTOP
Also a new cell phone!
It feels like a birthday or
like Christmas in April to me!
Here is my newbie!
Die kastaiings uit die vuur haal vir iemand
(be made a cat’s paw of)
I found the following seed pod while photographing in Cambridge.
At first I could not think of what it was!
They were under this big tree.
Then on Saturday we were at the duck pond in Upper Hutt
I found the following!
It seems that the first one are eatable chestnuts and the last two
are photos of wild horse chestnut!
The following information from
The sweet nut from a deciduous Tree growing to 30 m by 15 m at a medium rate. It is hardy and is not frost tender. Take care to differentiate the sweet chestnut from the poisonous horse chestnut which has a smoother less fluffy shell (although the poisonous component saponins are poorly absorbed by the human body and so most pass through without harm. Saponins are quite bitter and can be found in many common foods such as some beans. They can be removed by carefully leaching the seed or flour in running water. Thorough cooking, and perhaps changing the cooking water once, will also normally remove most of them. However, it is not advisable to eat large quantities of food that contain saponins).
The past week and a half we had lots of wind gusts and
heavy down pours.
Tuesday afternoon while walking Trompie it was dry.
Then this morning
It looked like this from my front door.
Then a bit later on looking back and up at my place.
Lovely blue sky! A cloud here and there but still a
to you all!
The native Red Admiral that is only found in New Zealand. Despite the obvious similarity, it is a different species from the ‘Red Admiral’ (Vanessa atalanta) and ‘Indian Red Admiral’ (Vanessa indica) found in Europe, Asia and North America. The Maori name means Red Cloak. This is a long-lived butterfly that can have a lifespan of about 9 months for the over-wintering generation. It is expected that the lifespan is between 4 to 6 months for the summer generations. Between September and April, it can be seen in most of its life stages.