Incy Wincy

Pink Flower Crab Spider. (Thomisus ) They have been very thin on the ground the past couple of seasons but I found  three this week so maybe there will be more before summer is over?   The family Thomisidae is a large family with 160 genera and about 2000 known species. In Southern Africa they … More Incy Wincy

2021 photos

Looking at Nan’s New Years Eve post of the 50 best photos of 2021 I thought I’d  do a small gallery on my own personal favs from the previous year. None are a patch on what’s on the 50 best on Nan’s blog, but these are a few I liked and a reminder of the … More 2021 photos

Bits n Bobs

Acraea Encedana ”Some like it hot” Sweet Potato. Not sure which type but I bought two at Food Lovers (the fruit and veg store) to see if I could get them to shoot -the tooth pick and suspended over a jar of water method. The other one rotted and produced nothing. It’s been several months … More Bits n Bobs

Up the Garden Path

Long Tailed Blue (I think) snacks on some lavender. Lilies by the pond. Grassveld Sylph Home-grown gemsquash and some zucchini. Harvested this morning. Number 7 looks on. Two Striped Skimmer. This was rescued from one of the cats. We think it was newly emerged as it’s wings didn’t appear properly dry. Bougainvillea Wet Dove on … More Up the Garden Path

Watch the birdy!

Rock Pigeons. Giving me ‘The Look.’ ”Someone’s leftovers? No thanks!” Glossy Starling. Popped down to investigate some fruit from the wild plum tree discarded a few moments earlier by an Olive Thrush. He flew off without touching it. Fiscal Flycatcher on the back wall during a break in the rain. Feeding the nipper. Grey Louries … More Watch the birdy!

Bits n’ bobs

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

Watch the Birdy

Red-Throated Wryneck. Told you we’d get a front view! Photographed early this morning by Ems. I was still in bed! Cape Wagtail. Photographed Friday Streaky Headed Seedeater. Not the best shot but the first time I’ve seen this species the whole year. Greater Double-Collared Sunbird. Not sure of the ‘thing’ on its beak. Doesn’t feature … More Watch the Birdy

Bits n’ Bobs

  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