Tuesday’s A-Z challenge: “M” = Mud pools


This was an experience to remember!

Seeing hot MUD bubbling up in the water hole.


There are troughs with hot healing water where you can sit and relax your tired feet!


The following are mud pools that are very “dry” at the moment.

They still have lots of bubble deep down the holes.

They are usually filled up to the brim  with bubbling mud.



The next is a very lively pool.

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Rotorua – the place of fascinating Māori culture, hot springs and boiling mud pools. No visit to New Zealand would be complete without stopping here.

Rotorua is one place where the turbulent forces that formed New Zealand are most evident. This city, on the Volcanic Plateau, has one of the world’s most lively fields of geothermal activity and sits squarely on the Pacific Rim of Fire.




Blue :Tuesday’s A to Z challenge: “B”

Tuesday’s A to Z challenge: “B”



B is for



Jan F.E. Cilliers

Dis  Al

Dis die BLOND
dis die BLOU
dis die veld,
dis die lug;
en ‘n voël draai bowe in eensame vlug –
dis al

Dis n BALLING  gekom
oor die oseaan,
dis n graf in die gras,
dis n vallende traan –
dis al

Three words staring with 

Tuesday’s A to Z challenge : A =

A new year

A new start



Tuesdays is  ALPHABET day .

 frizztext goes to the next letter of the alphabet on a Tuesday

We are staring with

this week.


Mt Bruce Reserve


Kaka looking you in the eye waiting to take a peck at you


Tuatara staring at you through glass enclosure


Tui drinking nectar from flax flowers.



Story Telling: Letter A

My Story Telling : Letter A





Pocket Oxford Dictionary says:

ADORE –Regard with deep respect and affection;

like greatly

ADORABLE – charming,delightful

These three photos are from Trompie at two months.

(Taken 2010-11-12)

Today he is still





Glad I started the first day of the year 2013 with


Come and join in the fun! Visit   http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2013/01/01/tagged-a/

And get the LETTER A rolling

November 13 and post no 400! Big thank you to all the people and their challenges.

Today November 13, 2012 I am posting post no 400.

I started blogging February 18, 2012 and I am still working on it. At first I thought I’ll never get into it. It feels sometimes a waste of time to sit and do all this sorting and writing and answering, at the end I am happy that I kept on going.

If it had not been for all the challenges I would have ended my blogging long ago.

I want to thank the following people and posts for their challenges that helped me completing 400 posts in about 9 months time.









I am giving all these beautiful people a rose today.

You all inspired me every time to go on with my posts.

Thank you again.

Story Challenge: Letter M = mandible

Story Challenge: Letter “M”

by frizztext

Hi Bloggers! Do you have to share a story or a short reflection tagged with the letter “M”? For example I’ve written about MANHATTAN (read below), about Madrid or Munich, modern times and mouths, Mexico and Montenegro, mothers and motorcycles, memories and musicians, milk or moon, military or mankind, minaretts and metronoms, Metropolis or Mursi people, mosques or the Mekong river etc. – I’m sure you’ll find an own story or a short reflection tagged with “M”!


My letter M stands for MANDIBLE

Mandible (insect mouthpart)

Insect mandibles are a pair of appendages near the insect’s mouth, and the most anterior of the three pairs of oral appendages (thelabrum is more anterior, but is a single fused structure). Their function is typically to grasp, crush, or cut the insect’s food, or to defend against predators or rivals. Insect mandibles, which appear to be evolutionarily derived from legs, move in the horizontal plane unlike those of vertebrates, which appear to be derived from gill arches and move vertically.

My story goes like this:

One late afternoon Trompie(my dog) was barking at something outside on the deck. I went outside to investigate.

To my surprise, against the wall, was a Weta( Tree Weta: live in trees, common in forests,gardens and firewood). I have never seen one alive, neither has Trompie. Both of us watched for a while. It just sat there.

I decided to pick up Trompie and put him on the table so he could sniff at it. Trompie did not like that, not the idea of standing on the table and also near this insect or thing that is moving its feelers. I took some photos  which were not that good. Then I just touched the weta’s feeler and guess what?

Up came his hind legs ready to attack. Thrompie did not like this movement. He jumped away.

The interesting part of this whole thing was that when I touched a feeler, his hind legs shot out and up and it was also in the meantime making a noise by opening and closing its


It gave a warning signal every time I touched him. It sounded like somebody flicking their nails. This noise would frighten  anyone.

The first two photos it was sitting against the wall.

The next two it is on the table kicking up his hind legs with hackles.

Looks very dangerous.

(Weta = Orthoptera.Anostostomatidae)

They are found in other countries too where they are known as KING CRICKET.

Story Challenge : Letter E – Emu


IUCN: Least concern

• A large, flightless bird, the emu is the second largest bird after the ostrich. Emus can grow up to 1.9m tall.

• Emus ingest large stones to help them break down their food.

• Female emus will lay up to 15 dark green eggs into a nest built by their mate.


The Emu (play /ˈmjuː/ or /ˈm/;[5] Dromaius novaehollandiae) is the largest bird native to Australia and the only extant member of the genus Dromaius. It is the second-largest extant bird in the world by height, after its ratite relative, the ostrich. There are three subspecies of Emus in Australia. The Emu is common over most of mainland Australia, although it avoids heavily populated areas, dense forest, and arid areas.[6]


The following photos were taken in the Wellington Zoo, New Zealand.

I am watching you! I love the glitter of your camera!

I specially did my hair for the photo session.

I have to give it a last go. How much are you going to pay me for the session?

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Story Challenge letter A – for Amaryllis


The end of A-Z Archive photos  beginning of  Story Challenge Using the alphabet. The first  letter in the alphabet is




Amaryllis (pronounced /ˌæməˈrɪlɨs/[1]) is a small genus of flowering bulbs, with two species. The better known of the two, Amaryllis belladonna, is a native of South Africa, particularly the rocky southwest region near the Cape. For many years there was confusion amongst botanists over the generic names Amaryllis and Hippeastrum, one result of which is that the common name “amaryllis” is mainly used for cultivars of the genus Hippeastrum, widely sold in the winter months for their ability to bloom indoors. Plants of the genusAmaryllis belladonna are known as belladonna lilynaked ladyamarillo or, in South Africa, March lily.


Here is a photo taken  in 2007 of a Amaryllis or the South African Belladonna Lily.

They are so beautiful it takes your breath away.

They grew in my next door neighbors garden.

They start out with only the flowers.

We also have the well-known Amaryllis Lilly that you can put indoors in a pot.

In South Africa they grow and bloom outside.

They need protection against frost but that is all.

Here are some flowers in my sisters garden in Naboomspruit SA.

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