Early morning walks

Early morning walk starts just after 7am every morning. The sun has not risen by that time and it is quite chilly  early in the morning.

Here is my best mate Trompie with whom I walk at least 3 times a day. He tells me most of the time when we have to start our walks. You can set your watch to his timing.

While on my walks I see the following interesting things, this is early mornings.

Two Kereru or New Zealand Pigeons will pass in flight to the tall trees up the hill.They live mostly in native forests

but in winter will sometimes feed in gardens. They are endemic to N Z. Also known as wood pigeons.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_Pigeon

Then there is also the Tui. They sit up in the trees and sing their own familiar song each morning. As if they are having a conversation with passers by.They are endemic to N Z. They are the first bird to sing in the mornings and last ones at night.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tui_(bird)

Black birds and starlings are also very busy early mornings.

Then the next we meet on the way is a big friend of Trompie. They meet each other every morning with “hello’s and how are you’s”. This is best cat friend Buddy!

Very interesting these early morning walks.

During evening walks (just before bedtime) we also encounter interesting things here. There is a hedgehog roaming about that late at night and Trompie always must have a look at it. Then at night I hear the Morepork/Ruru hooting. This is a native bird of N Z. Its hoot sounds like” more pork, more pork”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Boobook

That is it for now. A little bit of my life in New Zealand.

Sunday Post: Blossoms

This is a photo I have taken of the Flambouyant tree that grew in front of my town house in South Africa. Every Spring it had these masses of red blossoms.

wikipedia.org/wiki/Delonix_regia

Delonix regia is a species of flowering plant in the family Fabaceae, subfamily Caesalpinioideae. It is noted for its fern-like leaves and flamboyant display of flowers. In many tropical parts of the world it is grown as an ornamental tree and in English it is given the name Royal Poinciana or Flamboyant. It is also one of several trees known as Flame tree.

In India it is known as Gulmohar (Hindi and Urdu -‘Gul’ means ‘Flower’ and ‘Mohr’ is ‘Peacock’, thus the name suggests a spectacular show of color, like the extraordinary colors of a peacock’s tail[1]). It is also known there as Krishnachura (Bengali: ‘crown of the Lord Krishna). In Vietnamese it is known as Phượng vĩ (means “Phoenix’s Tail) (Vietnamese), Malinche, and Tabachine.[2] In Guatemala, Antigua Guatemala, it is known as “Llama del Bosque”.

The following photos I have taken in New Zealand during my  first spring – 2009

Rhodododendrons – all colors, from white, light to dark pink, purple and red, also yellow and up to orange. The trees grow in gardens and on pavements.

Cherry trees are also growing along the road sides in towns here. Springtime these old cherry trees are full in bloom.

The Kowhai tree is a native of New Zealand .They also bloom in spring.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kowhai

Kowhai are small, woody legume trees in the genus Sophora native to New Zealand. There are eight species, S. microphylla being the most common. Kowhai trees grow throughout the country and are a common feature in New Zealand gardens. Outside of New Zealand, Kowhai tend to be restricted to mild temperate maritime climates. Species in this group include S. chathamicaS. fulvidaS. godleyiS. longicarinataS. microphyllaS. molloyiS. prostrata, and S. tetraptera.[1][2]

Despite having no official status as such,[3] the blooms of the kowhai are widely regarded as being New Zealand’s national flower.[4]

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Two subjects

Photo courtesy of Sara Rosso

Two Subjects. This “theme” is more of a composition challenge. In the picture above, there are actually two subjects – one in the foreground (the cup), and one in the background (the dog) – both are essential parts of the picture and they each contribute something differently to the photo.

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This is my two subjects in one photo:  TABLE WITH VASE AND MEGAN PEEPING OVER THE TABLE

This is one of my favourite photos of Megan .

Megan was a shy and “don’t hurt me” dog. Her owner abandoned her. He also really did not like her and she always had to hide away when he arrived home. One day her owner told me that he wanted to give her away. I said if you don’t get someone to give her to I would take her. That’s how it happened that Megan came to live with Nancy(my Schnauzer) and me. Megan was already 4 years old. It was very hard for her to trust me and anyone else.

I really had a hard time to let her feel at  home and to trust me. She was always running away and hiding. When you get closer to her she would creep down and cringe away from  you. Also, when my son came to visit during holidays,as soon as he started talking and Megan heard a male voice she will hide away as far as she can.(My son sometimes liked to tease her by talking to her in an angry voice! I hated it because that just put her back in her old ways)

She is no more! She passed away on my birthday in 2007. She just blew out her last breath and was gone(Think she had heart failure). I know she is happy in dog heaven!

Sunday Post: Culture (update)

I am updating my CULTURE page because I have difficulty in down loading my photos

Here is a scrapbook page with people doing some traditional dances in Zimbabwe

Photo on the left hand side top: We all got some traditional brewed beer. This lady gave each of us one of these tin mugs and she poured some beer in it . She at first washed our hands after we were dressed up with these “dresses” before she started tending us.

Here you can see the tin mug top photo. Bottom: some delecacies we had to try! At the right is my certificate for eating a Mopani worm!

Toad stool update

This morning I came across this one. It was hiding since the weekend. Only the top was out. This morning it was fully exposed. My son told me a while ago that this is the flowery part that opens up in a mushroom. The spores are underneath the round top that opens and curls around to inside of mushroom top.

I only have a small piece of garden. I still enjoying it to see wild things growing in here.

A -Z Archive : O! Tuesday challenge

A-Z Archive

Today is the letter O

O is for ORCHIDS

Oncidium    Starwars x Monymare

Grown in South Africa In Naboomspruit   Photographed by Scrapydo

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Craft Market

On April 8, 2012 I attended a craft market which was held at our Cossie Club. Every first Sunday in the month they have this market. This is the 5 th time I attended it.

This one was a big market because they organised some Easter activities also.

I had some knitted scarfs, bags and cot quilts on sale

(I still have problems down loading my photos, here are two that I could get)

These are some of  the scarfs:

 

This is a photo of one of the quilts I have sold. (The other one I sold had pirates on it – for boys!)

 

Sunday Post: Culture

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 My CULTURE photos kept on crunching when I wanted to down load them.
This is all I could get.
During 2010 South Africa Had the opportunity to host the soccer world cup. There is a strong soccer culture in South Africa. Here are some of my friends showing off their soccer shirts
(My other soccer photos are still crunching! Sorry)
The next photo was taken in Zimbabwe. It shows some colorful painting on the walls. This is at reception where we stayed for 3 nights.
The next photo shows some of the tour members with some traditional robes. We all had to drape these robes around our shoulders before we could sit on at the table for the evening meal. We had lots of fun with all the traditional foods they gave us. Each “thing” we ate was traditional and they explained everything before eating it. You even got a certficate if you have eaten a mopani worm!
This was a bit of African culture.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Journey

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The JOURNEY of flax leaves to become rope or string.

Leaves going  into the machine

Part of the machine. It hits and shakes and combs it.

Here we are! All neat an intertwined into string.

With this spool they weave the string/ rope into material(hessian)  which they use for bags to put cattle food in or any other dry food.