Bits n’ Bobs. – Boing! Spring has Sprung.

Spotted Joker. Byblia ilithyia, 

An infrequent visitor to the Ark’s. Photographed bright and early this morning as I was ambling up the garden path.

Hottentot Skipper Gegenes niso, visits the Lavender.

Baxter and Ella.

Species of Twig Wilter.

Japanese themed Anniversary Cake.  The feathers on the Crane’s wings were individually made from fondant and assembled.

Probably one of the most detailed models Ems has done. Took an age.

On Ridge Road.

Obviously the owner is not superstitious!

The things you see ….. Ridge Road this morning.


I utterly loathe wanton vandalism so when this … this obscenity greeted Cindy and I this morning on our walk I was spitting feathers … and not the kind Ems makes!

I may have to leave the suburb. My godson, who is an ardent Bayern fan is now considering moving up here. Well, blow that for a bunch of soldiers and damned if I’ll sell him my house.

And talking of awful football teams! 🙂

Christian Renaldo’s much hailed return to Manchester United was greeted with high expectation that almost reached fever pitch. Judging by the number of CR7 shirts that were pre-ordered to the tune of a couple of million Pounds sterling it was an excellent investment for the club.

I couldn’t resist ….

His first goal on his return to the premier league.

The cheque’s in the mail? ( one of the Great Lies!)

Waiting for post.

The new letter ‘box’


And finally for this post ….

Would we all be so fortunate to live long enough for  a cake like this!

This one weighed a ton!

Everything you see is modelled and edible.

Went out yesterday.

Emily’s Cakes



The (not quite as old as the cake) Ark

17 thoughts on “Bits n’ Bobs. – Boing! Spring has Sprung.

    1. I have seen the white one before but this was my first encounter with the other, one.
      The appear to stay at the corner house n Ridge Road. (I mentioned on an old post we once sold this property)
      Other than them walking like reg’lar hens, I can provide no more details.

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      1. Vaguely. What was his problem?

        We woke up 2 Thursdays ago and Coon (who’s only about 8 or 9) was blind. Almost blind, to be precise, but today he’s completely blind. Our vet brought in an eye specialist and Coon has glaucoma in one eye (irreparable), and a cataract in the other… which we simply never saw. Even today I can’t see it, but apparently it’s there. We can operate on that, but only after we bring the pressure in the dead eye way, way down. Alas, the poor boy is stomping around, whacking into things.

        Got any tips how to make him more comfortable?


        1. Django had damage to his left eye caused by a mauling and it had to be removed.
          He also lost one of his back legs. Bull Terriers.

          He later went blind in the in the remaining eye which may have been damaged, we don’t know for sure.
          It slowed him down – obviously. He too bumped into everything! But he got used to it and sorted out his area by sense of smell. He would wander out to the garden and find a sunny spot and chill, coming in to eat when it got cool.

          Forgot to add:
          Make sure there are no holes he may fall into, or steep drops he might not be able to navigate, and that he cannot get out the property. At least until he is familiar with his condition.

          Perhaps make him a play-pen type of affair until he finds his feet?


          1. We’re hole free! He’s safe — No cats are allowed out into the front garden (Bela’s there, and she refuses to get over her ‘kill all cats’ mode), so he’s inside, and out the in the back garden. Outwardly he seems OK with it, still plays on the bed, but it’s horrible to see him when he’s a little lost.

            Seeing the eye specialist (who’ll also be the surgeon) on Monday to check the pressure. It was 75 when it should be 20. Hopefully it has come down, although we were warned it could be weeks or even months. If, however, it is down, we can move onto the surgery… which is going to be over $R5,000! Yay.


          2. 5K Wow! But what can you do?
            I spoke to Emily regarding the medicine for Django and his eyes.
            Vets usually use a human medication called (over here) Truceop apparently.
            It made Django ill and caused vomiting.
            As you have probably been informed, Glaucoma causes inflexibility in the eye and once it ‘stretches’ it doesn’t usually return to normal, so I’m informed b y the cat lady here!
            Surgery is often the best option. sadly.
            Also, I forgot to mention.
            Don’t move stuff around thinking it will help the cat. It probably won’t. He will likely have a mental image of his surroundings and navigate via smell.

            Ems was flabbergasted at the cost of the op.
            She asked why so expensive?


          3. 5,000 was the ‘ballpark’ the specialist gave me when I asked. It might be more. Hopefully less. Why? I have no idea. He’s obviously expensive, and anaesthetists are godawfully costly, but my cataract ops were super-fast, so I really have no idea where the thousands are coming from. Cataracts are apparently really rare in cats, so maybe that’s the premium. Sam (dog No.1) has had a few cancer removal ops, and each one of those has been in the few thousands. Hell, we forked out a few thousand for two ops on Jungles trying to give him a smoother, less painful last few months… still paying that off, too… not to mention the cremation costs for him and Boris.

            Beer budget, champagne bills.

            Coon is on three eye drops right now, three times a day… trying to bring the pressure down. Not sure of the names, but one does cause him to dribble near instantly. I’m hoping Monday brings good news and we can jump into organizing the op, and get him back to having at least one functioning eye… provided it all goes to plan.

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          4. “Stretches”??

            My eye doctor has me on medication (eye drops) to prevent glaucoma … and she indicated it’s the result of damage to a nerve in the back of the eye — and it’s detected via the amount of “pressure buildup” in the eye. Perhaps with animals it’s different? Also, was the medication by mouth rather than in the eye?

            Of course, cataracts are a whole different thing. For people, surgery and lens replacement is a godsend (excuse the terminology) — not sure how it’s handled in animals.


          5. With glaucoma apparently the eye swells as a result of the fluid build up and once it ‘stretches’ because of pressure it’s unable to return to it’s original shape, or something along those lines, so Ems told me.
            I Can’t remember how the medication was administered.

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  1. Those cakes look very beautiful indeed! My postbox IS a hole-in-the-wall as I tired of replacing boxes. We have no gate bell for the same reason.

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    1. I plan to make a brick box that sits on a raised ledge on the inside of the wall then put a wooden lid to keep the mail dry.
      But as we only get a few bills – those perishing ‘fines’ that we incur on some of those failed gantry cameras on the local highways up here, I may simply leave the lid off and let the darn things get ruined!

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