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My favourite Arsenal supporter, the taciturn Prof. T, posted a picture of what looked like a species of crab spider. However, even with the best eyes in the world positive ID is proving well nigh impossible, even with the help of Google. It also meant trawling my spider files to find a match up. During … More Incy Wincy

Bits ‘n Bobs

Another Shrew I managed to rescue from the attentions of the cats. For some reason these little things have been popping up for the first time since we have lived here. Odd. Bucket of Spuds … Probably one of the final mini-harvests of the season. Autumn is upon us and frost will be here in … More Bits ‘n Bobs

Adventures in Ratland!

Wake up! Feeding time. Yum! Guzzle, guzzle, slurp! Eyes still tightly closed but ears forming and her little feet have nails! She is taking between 1 to 2 mls of milk per session. Lunch over, all washed and clean so it’s back to snoozing!   Ark.  

”Nee deep!”

Adult River Frog, contemplating freedom? Rescued from the attentions of one of the cats this afternoon, and none the worse for wear. After checking for any injuries it was placed by the edge of the pond and under the watchful eye of Ems and I after a few moments it hopped and went ‘plop’ into … More ”Nee deep!”

Bits ‘n bobs

Max is our last surviving hen. She doesn’t lay eggs any more and now roams the garden as and how she pleases. Here Benji keeps a watchful eye. Another large home-grown tomato. I over seeded (if that’s really possible) and we continue to have a bumper crop. Our autumn is on its way so that … More Bits ‘n bobs

Bits ‘n Bobs

Attractive Crab Spider discovered this morning on a Cosmos. Cat Nip Number7 dozing on the kitchen wall. Pumpkins drying in the shed. Growing Oyster Mushrooms in buckets. Harvested these for breakfast yesterday. Very tasty. Garden Commodore. Looking a bit worse for wear in her Summer Garb. End of the season so most of her colour … More Bits ‘n Bobs

Bits n’ Bobs

Male African Migrant on Pineapple Sage   Rescued and relocated young River Frog. We’ve had a few serious downpours these past few days. This one which included hail brimmed the pond in an hour! Pansy. Not much detail as I was obliged to use a telephoto from almost across the garden. First Homegrown Pepper this … More Bits n’ Bobs

Bits n’ Bobs

Monarch on Pumpkin Leaf. Robber Fly alights on the stoep table. Gemsquash. Homegrown. Weighed in at a whopping 683g! Frozen cake on a hot summer day! Another Ems beauty¬† Mantis On Lily. A selection of some of the veggies and fruit harvested from the garden this month. This particular pumpkin is called a Marina di … More Bits n’ Bobs

I’m Still here …. if not all there, apparently!

Let’s begin with one for Nan! Bless her cotton socks. Hope you all remembered her birthday? ūüôā Pink Crab Spider on Cosmos. The spiders ‘stitch’ two petals¬† together as a prelude to making a nest, and it makes excellent cover when an unsuspecting bee or fly happens along. Citrus Swallowtail caught on the Wing. Robber … More I’m Still here …. if not all there, apparently!

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