Sunday Mix. Dog Walk and…

Cindy scared a Hadeda Ibis who took flight.


Eckstein Street.

Looking East along Gerard Street.

Ridge Road

Pedal Power. Bicycle owned by one of the Ridge Road security guards. 

”Still raining – still dreaming”


Death’s Head Hawkmoth. Emerged earlier this week. The second I have managed to ”raise”-

Green-banded Swallowtail –  nireus lyaeus

Cosmos – back garden.

Variety of Home Grown Marrow curing in the shed. Not sure what ails them but they will soon be cured.

Robber Fly who decided to stop for a breather.

Home grown! First fruit.


Small Blue

Shield Bug (I think)

”Sweet Sixteen”. Birthday cake for the next door neighbour’s daughter.


Common Bulbul

Wood Bark Mantis

23 thoughts on “Sunday Mix. Dog Walk and…

  1. Thanks for sharing Ark. Looks like a nice neighbourhood for a morning walk. Europeans will balk at the security guard, but I understand perfectly. We have those here too. Better safe than sorry.
    Stay safe.

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    1. ‘Tis a South African reality, I’m sorry to say.
      Their presence seems to thwart the baddies somewhat. How much I do not know, but the visibility of security is reassuring.,

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        1. The Gated Community is somewhat different to having certain streets in a suburb fenced off to through traffic.
          We have both here in SA
          The former are usually restricted to (relatively) new Townhouse style developments, some of which are self-contained; amenities would include shops and what have you. Some are golf estates.

          The latter – which is what we have here in our suburb are – with the exception of the small portion of Ridge Road where I walk Cindy – merely 2m high palisade fences erected to restrict motorised traffic. A move put in place specifically to try to prevent car-jacking. Some of the busier streets do have a boom.
          However, all fences have a built-in pedestrian gate..

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          1. Same thing here. In some neighbourhoods, residents actually close off the street. We did, in the previous house, after half the houses on the street were burgrlarized in 18 months, we closed off the street on both ends. Illegal. But who cares?

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          2. When car jacking was at its peak, I know there were stories of some residents closing off streets first then applying for the correct permit from local authorities.
            Some fences were taken down by the local council, but most were left standing as it seemed too much bother to bring an entire road gang!
            Oddly enough of the complaints about ”infringement of rights” , and whines along the lines of …. ”We pay our taxes so we should be allowed to drive down whatever street we want!” and other complaints of a more overtly racist nature came from what today are being labelled as ”Leftist liberals or whatever the term is, and all the letters I read were from ”whites”( or at least the names suggested they were white.)
            Odd when you consider that me with my lack of pigment am now considered part a minority group even where I live – an old established suburb.
            Funny old world!

            All of the streets that have been closed off (that I am aware of) are in the heart of the particular suburbs they were erected and not a single main thoroughfare was effected.
            It is doubtful that said complainants ever actually drove down these particular streets and every street has an alternate entrance/exit, often manned with a boom.

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          3. There are whiners everywhere. In our case, the wife of a general outside the street filed a formal complaint, because she had to “drive around the block. Poor chauffeur was exhausted I guess. We gave her a remote control to open the gate. Voilà…
            Funny old world yes. Minorities… Hmmm. I was brought up a white little boy in Africa… A mzungu, as “we” say in Swahili. I’m used to different perspectives. 😉
            Stay safe Mate.

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  2. I clicked the “like” button … but only for certain pics. 😖

    Having said that, I REALLY liked the one of your pond and the surrounding area.

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    1. We’ve known our neighbours since the kids were small. They went to the same school.

      We lost touch for a while after they moved from their previous house in the last suburb where we were neighbours there also.
      It was such a surprise to discover that after we had made an offer on this house that Walter and Dolly lived right next door!
      The cake is for the young daughter, Lindiwe, who was born in the current house.


    1. The guards are more for the look of the thing – eyes and ears – rather than an active threat response. Little more than gate keepers, and only a few areas/streets have a human guard presence. They are all funded by the residents of the specific street they operate and in most cases they sit in a small wooden hut and watch the comings and goings of cars and pedestrians.
      There are no gates or guards on the street where I live.

      Certainly none that I am aware of are armed and most wouldn’t last a second against anyone with serious criminal intent.

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      1. Ah, okay. I’ve read about the crime rate in SA and my brotherinlaw was mugged in Johansberg in a busy street. The police weren’t interested and told him he was lucky they never knifed him.


          1. Okay, no biggie.
            Does you b.i.l live here or was he visiting?
            Things weren’t very kosher in the city in ”those days” just prior to and certainly not post democratic elections. It’s was sad, but the place went down hill rapidly and has taken two decades and an awful lot of money – much of it wasted – to take on a vague resemblance of what it was once like.
            Aside from perhaps two or three brief forays I haven’t been into the city proper myself for a long time. I used to work bang in the middle of Johannesburg at a salon in the Carlton Centre then later in Main Street.

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          2. No, he was just visiting.

            Regardless of country, I NEVER feel ssafe in big cities. I am a country bumpkin. My hate of big cities was a result of being sexually groped by a man on an excalator in London when I was 16. He then followed me as I panicked and got lost in the warren of platforms on the London underground. Fortunately, I grabbed another commuter and told them I was being followed. He then called the police. I’d been to an interview at the London college of fashion and was returning home. I’ve never travelled alone since.


          3. I understand and can sympathise.
            I prefer a bit of space between me and thee and any time over and above shopping trips for stock or groceries and I start to get the heebie-jeebies.

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