Bits n’ Bobs

The sunbirds are back…

Amethyst Sunbird. Male.

White Bellied Sunbird – Female.

Green Woodhoopoe in the Nectarine tree.

Bubble on the pond floating sedately past.

Crab Spider with Hoverfly, or band-eyed drone fly   ( Eristalinus Taienops)

Had a go at growing some Horseradish …

Finished Product. Certainly cleared the sinuses! Very tasty if I say so myself.

Modelled from fondant.

Great White. Will be ‘bursting’ out of a cake for collection tomorrow.

Autumn Hues.

Ella on Ridge.

The Bitter Orange tree is fruiting. Marmalade in a month?

Gerard Street on a very quiet Sunday morning.,

Back Garden. Still green but  winter is approaching!

41 thoughts on “Bits n’ Bobs

    1. I shall post pics of the finished cake in due course.
      It was a mermaid theme for a small child, but the mum asked if a shark could be included as the kid was a fan of Shark’s tale!
      We always aim to please. πŸ™‚

      I also have a ‘proper’ orange growing in a pot from last year but it is a very slow grower it seems.
      Maybe I need to upgrade the pot to something a bit larger?

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  1. There is much to enjoy in this post. Our aloes are coming into bloom now too, so sunbirds are seen more often; this is a glorious photographs of a green woodhoopoes; the horseradish reminds me how long it is since I had any; and the great white is VERY impressive …


    1. Howzit, Anne,
      As you and I say in this part of the world.
      Yes,the Woodhoopoes are glorious, aren’t they? We are so fortunate they are regular visitors to our spot.

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  2. Missed your pics! (Except perhaps the one with the spider.) We are having April and May and June (!) spring showers. The flowers and plants are going nuts!


    1. Still plenty of blue skies and sunshine down here but it is getting a bit nippy in the evenings and mornings.
      Had to put on a pair of gloves when I took one of the dogs for a walk today.

      We’ll probably have some sharp frost in a few weeks.
      I am NOT a “cold” person!

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  3. That horseradish, root and sauce, is pretty damned impressive, Ark. And deifinitely nothing like it for clearing the sinuses. The leaves are good in compost. High in potassium, i think I read; much like comfrey. Also you can eat the very tiny, young leaves in salad. It grows like a weed at the allotment, but for some reason I’ve not thought of cropping iits roots.


    1. The leaves went on the compost.Didn’t know about the potassium. Learn something new! Thanks.
      I replanted the Horshradish crowns in buckets with fresh soil and compost.
      They sit on concrete in the back garden. Last year I first placed the buckets on bare earth and soon after I had roots creeping out the bottom. Before long I noticed horseradish leaves popping up here and there.
      They were dealt with pretty sharpish as I’d read once horseradish takes hold it is the devil to get rid of and will overrun the place if you’re not careful.

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  4. One tends to forget that one is now northern hemisphere, whilst thee and thine are thouthern (pleathe forgive lithp, I tend to get carried away with thpethial effekth).

    Dammit, I really should post something … like when I go for my walks, or into Norwich, I always take a camera; and England in springtime is gorgeous greens.
    I’ve also made friends with an old horse, mustn’t forget his apple next time I hoof camera out for snaps. I’ve noticed that hedgerow and other wildflowers aren’t anything like they used to be but still better here than in Southland (NZ).

    Now, back to that horseradish of yours … it looks lethal! When you chomp into a sandwich containing adequate, does said sarnie bite you back, with relish? (I know … not everyone likes puns …)

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    1. It does have a ” bite”, that’s no maybe.
      I have toned it down with some home made mayo. Just the job!

      Yes, you should start posting a few photos of your whereabouts.
      I get the impression you have settled in nicely. No prolbems with the local tongue?

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      1. None at all here in Norfolk. But folks from other regions may as well be speaking Swahili … and from some regions unknown come across a lot like dogs barking.
        Photos? Now there’s a thought …

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    1. I need new feeders as well.The tree the last feeder was in contracted a disease thanks to a bracket fungus and had to be removed and burned

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      1. Had to look up bracket fungus. Seen a lot of those, but in woods or forest… Weird. (do you have a chimney? I remember we had in Nairobi. But I don’t what altitude you guys are…)


        1. We do have a chimney but we never use it… not attached to a stove or fireplace for one thing!
          I made a fire-pit outdoors then dispersed the ash afterwards.
          Jhb sits at around 1800 metres above sea level. Our property is probably a little higher than that.

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          1. We have a chimney in the new house. Doesn’t work.
            1800 meters? Oh, so you are at about our altitude. Much better, so it doesn’t get too hot. Though it might be chilly in the winter… Here I’ve had heaters installed. the house is cold from November to February.

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  5. Just wanted to share a bit of exciting news … We have three birdhouses in our backyard. Over the past couple of months, we noticed the sparrows were checking all of them out. Apparently, they finally decided on the “house-shaped” one because we’ve been watching the “parents” zipping in and out for the past several days. Day before yesterday, my other-half took a quick peek and sure enough! There were some little bitty critters with mouths wide open waiting to be fed. 😍

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    1. That’s marvelous, Nan.
      I expect photographic evidence, I hope you know?
      You don’t expect me to believe the word of a heathen,surely?

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      1. Well, at this point, all you would get is a picture of the bird house. Have no idea if the little ones have “flown the coup” or not. Although it’s visible from our kitchen window, obviously we aren’t always in the kitchen so unable to see if any little ones have wiggled their way out into the world. Still want a picture?


          1. You’re kidding, right? The hole is the size of a sparrow with its wings tucked! If I could sit in a place where I could point the camera at the hole and was REALLY (!) fast, I MIGHT get a picture of a sparrow exiting the hole. C’mon Ark … !!!


          2. It’s pretty weather-worn. We have an actual bird “house” hanging closeby and it’s “weathered” much better, but it’s smaller in size. When we first noticed them “apartment hunting,” they checked out both places, but settled on the dog. Besides, who are we to judge a bird’s mindset … ??? 😁

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  6. Hey Ark. Obviously I’m way behind on consistently following & commenting on all my blogs I follow. It’s been a pretty rough go of it for me these last several weeks and going back into April. But I see that you haven’t been able to post as much either. πŸ˜„ These are (as usual) delightful pics. You sure do have some voracious crab spiders around there! Do you and your better-half ever get exhausted providing them grabby-crabbies so much to choose from? Hah!

    Hey, I am very much looking forward to our WC Qatar Group B games, especially on Nov. 25th! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ 😁

    I fully expect some good humored banter with you and Brian over at Butterflies to Dragsters! πŸ˜‰


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