Kastaiings – Chestnut


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).

Last nights meal

My international student cooks on  Saturday evenings our dinner.

Last night we had

Diced beef,

prawns eggs dish


red rice.


Mine was on a plate(western way)

It was well-flavored and delicious.

Hers was in a bowl(eastern way)


Skywatch Friday: Better weather today!

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

Good Friday

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

beautiful day.


to you all!

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Butterfly : Information: NZ red Admiral




Red Admiral upperside

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.