A Sunflower from Eseltjiesrus is surviving winter in Cape Town

When we visited Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary during a whirlwind week in February this year, to introduce our respective moms to our adopted Donkey, we saw that all the sunflowers outside the cute little shop were in full bloom. We picked up a couple of seeds and, on our return home, planted them in a flower-pot.…

Autumn sky

I was hanging up the washing this morning, and struggling with the heavy water-logged towels, when I happened to look up. That’s when I noticed the sky. A brilliant . deep . breathtaking . blue. Look: These awe-inspiring, gasp-inducing autumn skies make up for all the cloudy, drizzly, wind-swept, cloud-blankets that always become more prevalent…

The heart of a flower

Until last week, there was a small plant in our back garden that looked like a bunch of weeds I’d forgotten to pull up…. I’m so glad I didn’t, because it suddenly sprouted forth the most amazingly radiant golden-yellow flowers, which have completely transformed that corner of our garden. Look here! And every evening, when…

Aaaak! Aaaaak! Aaaaaaarrrk!

Imagine the scene: It’s just after 5h00 in the morning. The world outside is wet, sodden, soaked through after a whole day of rain, rain, rain. It was still raining when you went to bed, and you were aware of it raining through the night. You’re snuggled deeply underneath the duvet, head buried under the…

A sun-loving cat

Tuffy loves warmth. Like a heat-seaking missile, she invariably homes in on anything that generates and/or stores warmth, whether that’s an oil heater against which she can press her nose, almost singeing her whiskers; an available lap, which she can knead and pump into submission; or the sunbeams slowly moving across the soft and fluffy…

Full moon

It was full moon last night. And although the day had started off cloudy, by evening, the sky had cleared, and the air was crystalline, with the stars like brilliant diamonds against the darkness. Close to 11pm at night, needing a break from working on the computer, I set up my tripod in the back…

A Cape White-eye takes a bath

After Flandrum Hill posted a cute little story of Canadian chickadees, I remembered that I had recently taken some photos of a little Cape White-eye taking a bath in the little birdbath in our front garden. As you can see, they are small green-yellow birds with a startling white circle around their eyes. They are…