Last January I lamented the hot dry summer we’d had. Little did I know that this summer would be worse. And then it rained. Proper rain. … More After the rain – I
When I dreamed up this title, “Giving it Beans”, I knew it was “punny”, but I had no idea that it would end up having such resonance in the days that followed. … More Giving it Beans – I
The end of winter stirs all sorts of things, including Monster Cat. Why he is nosing around The Sandbag House and Magic Melon and Princess Pearli, only he knows. … More Pearli’s Pickles VIII
Last week I was delighted to see a post from a blog pal who had gone silent for a while. I had missed her posts: usually of teeny weeny creatures – magnificent shots. I had promised her, a long time ago, when we’d had a chat (on her blog or mine, I don’t remember) about one of her spiders, that I’d share my discovery that rain spiders have a “headlamp”. … More Spiders for Sofia
Last Friday, April 22nd, was Earth Day. In celebration, here is a series of pictures of bees doing their thing in the autumn roses that spill on to our veranda. Why, you might ask, is my attention on such an apparently insignificant little creature? … More Little Creatures – III
Those of you who follow my blog know that at the height of summer and into autumn, we are blessed with a surfeit of produce, not just by our own garden, but also by the local farmers who are happy to share produce that they cannot send to market or to the local cannery. here are only so many fresh plums one can eat, variations of plum salad that one can do, so the obvious solution was to bottle or some how preserve them. … More Sugar and spice
The colours of the dripping Acacia gum are beautiful. It forms the most magnificent stalactites that deposit resin onto mounds of wannabe stalagmites on the ground below. Unless you are looking for them, though, gummy the piles are well camouflaged and easy to miss. … More Tremendous Trees – II
I love trees, and trees are central to so many things in our lives, from paper to picnics. They bring people together and drive them apart. … More Tremendous Trees – I
Words fascinate me. With my recent foray into making chutney, where did the Afrikaans word, “blatjang” come from?
Before I had satisfied my curiosity, Jan Boer presented us with a huge quantity of, yellow cling peaches.
Windfalls. They really were. In every sense. … More Windfalls and Wondrous Words
No, I’m not referring to either my youth or the best days of my life, but rather logical eating choices during the hottest summer in many, many years. Certainly since we arrived in McGregor and when the top temperature was 41ºC (106ºF). … More Salad Days I