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It is another baking hot day here in Johannesburg. My phone app says 33 Real Feel 35. Supposed to go to the department of home affairs for updated id documents and whatnot. Booked off the day and then we get a message informing us that their computer systems are down. Oh really? Quelle surprise! If … More Bits n’ bobs

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Out and About – riding shotgun on a delivery. Old Mining Headgear. Johannesburg in the background with Hillbrow Tower on the far right. On the way to the flower market. Joe Slovo Drive- formerly Harrow Road (pre-democracy) bordering Hillbrow to the right with the round Ponte Building (residential flats) in the background. Hillbrow, once  a … More Bits n’ Bobs

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  Continuing with my toilet roll seedling experiment. The roots of this butternut seedling have pushed through the damp cardboard and it’s now ready for planting out. Tomato seedlings coming along nicely. Butternut in seed modules. Sunbird visits a  Strelizia. One of the chickens may be suffering from what could be Merek’s disease ( a … More Bits n’ Bobs

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Garden Commodore photographed this afternoon. Nice to see them back again. My garden experiment. In an attempt to do away with seed trays I am having a go at planting in old toilet rolls. Add a little potting mix, sow the seed, gently pressing it into potting mix and cover lightly. Bio-degradable so there’s no … More Bits n’ Bobs

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After a cold snap a couple of days ago. Ice from the dog’s water bowl. …and from the water bucket outside the shed! Another raised bed made last week. This one is quite small but I didn’t have more wood on hand for anything larger.  I’ve fertilised it with waste from the koi pond and … More Bits and Bobs

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Every year around this time we are subject to scenes like this. We believe it is the burning of scrub on the koppie. Not pleasant! A few Sweet Potatoes I grew in an old dog biscuit bucket. Turned out better than I hoped. Adorabelle having a nap in the afternoon winter sun. In Silhouette. Hadeda … More Bits n’ Bobs

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Building work is still occupying a fair amount of time and I must be honest, I haven’t been as keen as usual to post stuff. That said …. Brian asked about the Painted Lady and whether it was a migrant or year round visitor. I know I have shots of it through the winter months … More Bits n’ Bobs

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I had wanted to allow this marrow the opportunity to grow even more but sadly I found that an insect had bored a small hole through to the flesh and didn’t want to run the risk of  the marrow rotting. Still … 3.06 kgs – Not bad! Small River Frog  discovered when I lifted the … More Bits n’ Bobs

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Weaver   Nest of the Bagworm. The Wattle bagworm (Kotochalia junodi) is a caterpillar that lives out its life in a mobile casing covered with thorns and twigs. The insect begins spinning its cocoon during the larval stage. As the caterpillar grows, it extends the front end of the case by adding more material. Due … More Bits ‘n Bobs