Virile male with healthy genes (non-GM),
willing to provide seed material for breeding purposes.
Look at these perfect blossoms, just bursting with vitality!
“I am a young, strong and fertile female from a good home, with well-established roots, a good support structure behind me and with a (more or less) regular irrigation supply.
I survived the worst hailstorm that Cape Town has ever seen, even though the hard hailstones stripped off most of my leaves.
I grew back, stronger than ever, and am yearning to bear fruit.
Please, if you live in the Pinelands area, and if you happen to have a male pawpaw tree in your garden, contact me!
Quick – send me a bee-mail!”
(Click on any of the photos below to access the image caroussel with captions)
The worst hailstorm Cape Town has ever seen
It shredded and scarred many of my leaves
But I survived, and grew back, stronger than ever before
Look at the beautiful colour of my leaves!
And these perfect blossoms, bursting with vitality
I am longing to bear fruit!
Chocolate and beetroot brownies – straight from the oven to my tummy!
Encouraged by my recent successes in the kitchen (experimenting with kale chips and veggie chips after receiving my first order of organic produce from the Ethical Co-op) I felt inspired to try another experiment, this time, by making something delicious with the lovely bunch of beetroots I had received: Chocolate and Beetroot Brownies.
This year, my friend L and I decided to attend some crafting classes.
When you spend much of every day sitting at the computer, and editing and proofreading other people’s writings, you tend to live in your head quite a lot and to over-exercise the mental muscles, particularly on the logical left side of the brain. Giving my creativity – and the right side of my brain – some space and time, and learning some new skills that didn’t involve tippity-tappiting away at the computer keyboard and staring at small letters moving across a computer screen, sounded extremely appealing.
My first mosaic was our house number
I was very keen to learn how to make mosaics. So one of my first projects with Amelia from the Crafter’s Den, who runs small classes from home, was to mosaic the numbers of our house. (She has a shop inside Wynica Stationers at the Bothasig Mall in Vryburger Avenue, Bothasig, where you can get all the bits and bobs you need for your craft projects.)
What took the longest time was choosing the colours that I wanted to use, as this was also influenced by the colour of the wall against which we wanted to mount the number. In the end, I settled on shimmering red and blue tiles, with white grouting inbetween.
A couple of years ago, I attended an interspecies communication workshop with Anna Breytenbach (her website).
Anna is a professional animal communicator with more than 12 years experience, having worked with both domestic and wild animals around the world.
She has an almost uncanny ability to tune into the unique spirit of each animal, and to establish a connection with it, emotionally, mentally, spiritually. Her aim is to enhance the relationship between human beings, animals and the natural world.
A movie – “The Animal Communicator” – has recently been made about Anna and the work she does. It is absolutely beautiful. It will bring tears to your eyes and a lump to your throat.
Do go and watch it as soon as possible, as it may not be available online and for free very much longer:
When I received a packet of very large kale leaves in my delivery of fresh produce from the Ethical Co-op, I hadn’t a clue what to do with them.
The advice from knowledgeable friends led me online. My inquiry to Google, “What on earth can I do with kale?” elicited the almost unanimous answer “Make kale chips!”
Really? Seriously? Turn big green leaves into chips?
Right. Well. Okay.
The recipes for kale chips looked fairly straightforward, even for someone not too well-versed in the culinary arts, and so, at lunchtime today, when I was feeling rather peckish, I gave it a bash.
These were the steps I followed, should you be so inclined to give them a try too.
The end result: Toss into a bowl – and munch away at this super healthy snack
“What on earth are these?” I asked Tuffy-Cat, holding up a bunch of vegetables that looked like gigantic radishes. Tuffy-Cat was watching me closely, as I was unpacking a big cardboard box, and laying each of the items out on the kitchen counter. “These can’t be radishes. They’re massive.”
“Mreow?” responded Tuffy-Cat, with a questioning intonation.
“Oh, okay, you want a sniff?” I lowered the bunch of whatsits to her head-height, and she gave them an inquisitive sniff, before turning up her nose and stalking off to her foodbowl, where she’d deliberately left a few korreltjies for a post-lunch snack.
“Well, you’re a lot of help today,” I said, turning my attention to the print-out I’d made of the order. “You know what, I think they must be turnips. But what do you use them for? Soup, perhaps?”
Those must be turnips – not giant radishes
On 22 October 2013, I had a thoroughly inspiring tea with the Premier of the Western Cape Province, Helen Zille, at the elegant Southern Sun Cullinan Hotel on the Foreshore.
Well, sort of. The tea with the Premier bit, I mean.
To be honest, I sat at another table at the far end of the room, and never had a chance to engage her in a probing analysis of how to foster peace and prosperity in South Africa, nor even to exchange some light-hearted social chit-chat. But – we still had tea… and assorted sandwiches, scones and confectionary. I was attending the function with Glynnis and Max Schutte, the multi-talented duo who produce the marvelous Pinelands Muse community magazine every month.
Delicious sweet and savoury snacks
The Castle of Good Hope opened its doors to several energetic youth groups, who performed together with the military bands – SA Army Band Cape Town, SA Air Force Band, SA Navy Band and SAMHS Band – and two of the pipe bands that have been performing during the Cape Town Military Tattoo – the Cape Field Artillery P&D and the SAMHS P&D.
By mid-morning, already, eager spectators were arriving to take their seats on the stands and watch the rehearsals – despite the absolutely baking sun. After lunch, the matinee began! The spectators showed their appreciation by vigorously applauding and cheering each of the youth groups.
Here are a couple of photos for you.
The drummers of Dennegeur Primary School of Strandfontein
Dennegeur Primary rehearsing their routine
Elsies River High School
The High Brass Field Band of Elsies River
As always, the Egyptian geese are imperturbable!
Rehearsing the final muster
Captain Trunell Morom is the announcer today
The Matinee Begins with the Massed Military Bands
Goodbye pipe bands – until tonight!
Dancing display by the Federation of Dance Sport South Africa
Excellent, very supple and energetic dancers
High Brass Field Band
Elsies River High School
The Cape Town Entertainers do their minstrel display
Alas, I had spoken too early, when I published the previous blogpost – The Cape Town Military Tattoo 2013 must go on – despite the rain!
I believe it is for the first time ever in the history of the Cape Town Military Tattoo that a show had to be cancelled because of the rain. Last year, we had a bit of rain too, and some terrifically strong winds, but the show went on nonetheless because the rain cleared up in time.
But today must have been one of the wettest days in Cape Town since the official end of winter. From early morning, it rained and drizzled, and rained and drizzled some more, almost the entire day. When I drove through to the Castle in the mid-afternoon, it was still drizzling, the streets were wet, drivers had sensibly switched on their headlights, and the traffic outbound was already clogged up with people deciding to head home early.
The arena is totally waterlogged after the hours of relentless rain
The spectators who arrived for the dress rehearsal of the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2013 at the Castle of Good Hope were treated to an absolutely brilliant show. Any problems that had manifested in the run-throughs of the previous two evenings seemed to have been ironed out, and I was blown away by the quality of the performances. This was echoed by all the people I spoke to on the sidelines, both during and after the event.
And this was despite the fact that it – thankfully intermittently – drizzled and spat, poured and bucketed with rain, throughout the evening. Hopefully, the Cape Town weather gods will have mercy on us for the remaining three nights, and reward us for our perseverance and fortitude with a series of those glorious blue skies we often have during springtime!
City Hall in the distance, Chrysalis Students in black in the foreground
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