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
So, I’m at my computer when I hear this never-heard-before bird call, and anyone who like birds will guess my reaction. Out the chair grab the camera and run to the garden with the words ”What the hell is that!!!!!” on my lips. After identifying where the call was coming from – the large acacia … More Watch the birdy. New Species!
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
A few years ago I began growing lavender at our spot and now we have an abundance. Aside from the plant’s fragrance and its looks, it is water-wise, grows easily, and requires almost zero maintenance once established. It attracts all sorts of insects, is a favourite of the bees, and the lavender planted at the … More Leading you up the garden path. Lavender and …
”Saturation.” White Bellied Sunbird at Strelizia. Photographed yesterday afternoon.
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
Say what? Rock Pigeon pops by for a visit this afternoon. Ark.
Olive thrush. Female White Bellied Sunbird. Photographed this afternoon. Ark.
The temperature has plummeted over the past two days and along with the seasonal high winds we are all back to thick jerseys. But life goes on irrespective of the weather … Building work continues … one of a few drainage holes put in place during the partial rebuild of a section of the retaining … More Leading you up the garden path
Three birds, on a cold winter’s day. Speckled Mousebird Glossy Starling Cape Wagtail. The Wagtail is an infrequent visitor to our spot and I initially heard her rather than saw her. Being quite a small bird it took me a few moments to locate her. Ark
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
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