Archive | November, 2010

Drugged or hypnotised?

Since I started training Rosie, I’ve become more aware of the doggie-related programmes on television. Lately, I’ve been following Cesar Millan’s The Dog Whisperer series on the National Geographic channel. I am amazed at how over and over again, Cesar Millan is able to calm down and “reprogram” a dog that has long-standing behavioural issues […]

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Who you gonna call?

No, not the ghostbusters! After I posted the photo of the dewy spider web this morning, I emailed it to the Spider Club of South Africa. Yes, such an organization exists. In less than an hour I had a response! These “bug people” are really keen. So Astri Leroy from the Spider Club wrote: They […]

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Photo day: Dewy Web

[Update: Read Who you gonna call? for a spider identification] On our morning walk, I came across an open field where there were dozens of these spider webs in the grass. I’m not sure what kind of spiders they are, but hopefully they’re the harmless, friendly kind! 🙂 Any South Africans who know what they […]

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Story: The Garden Thief

When the dog and I go walking in the mornings, I often take snapshots of interesting things we see on our walk. Lately, as we’re heading into summer, I’ve been photographing any beautiful plants which I see in the gardens in our neighbourhood. I try not to trespass, but if there’s a flowerbed close to […]

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Photo day: In Our Garden

After talking about the neighbourhood gardens the other day, I decided to take a look at what flowers were growing in our garden. The drought of the last couple of years has really given our garden a knock, as we haven’t been allowed to water our garden at all. The plants left standing are mostly […]

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Kalahari Series #8 (Little Creatures)

I have finally posted another installment of the Kalahari Series on the Notes from Africa photoblog. This one is Kalahari: Little Creatures. So now it is the turn of some of the smaller mammals. Although they’re often overlooked in the search for the bigger animals, they’re not only there, they’re abundant. The Kalahari has everything […]

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Photo Day: Beautiful Lilies

The people in our town are very proud of their gardens. Every year in Spring, there is a Garden Open Day. If you think your garden will make the grade, you can submit it to the committee for consideration to be included in the annual garden tour. On one Saturday (usually in September), you can […]

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What do they say about Karma?

The other day I was having a good chuckle at Renée’s (Life in the Boomer Lane) post about her distress at having a cricket in her bedroom. If you haven’t read her blog yet, it’s worth a visit. She’s always got a funny take on life’s events. One of her recent posts which I really […]

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“Insights” of being sick

This past week I’ve had a bad bout of  “stomach flu”, so I haven’t had the energy to write. I’ll spare you the details although I will share these thoughts about the experience: Staffies (or Staffordshire Bull Terriers) are excellent nurse dogs. Staffies are often referred to as “nanny dogs” because, despite their looks, they […]

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Photo day: Keeping safe?

The other day when the dog and I went for our early morning walk, I was looking at some of the measures folks in our neighbourhood are taking to “keep safe”. There are high walls (we have them too as they came with the house), security doors and gates, various types of medieval-looking spikes on […]

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