Thursday, September 1, 2016

                                                      Today's my day for being an angel.....

Advertising takes many forms but this angel, outside a 
lingerie shop,  attracted attention especially from 
the young (male) passers-by.

Monday, August 29, 2016


                                          Speedy Gonzales ?

                                        This baby mountain tortoise crossed our garden,at a
                                       smart clip to avoid being eaten by crows - a real threat

Saturday, January 30, 2016

...that wouldn't float

The "boat" swings lazily in the wind, its single oar
just hinting at a possibility...?

My son Etienne is a sculptor of note and this is one of 
his light-hearted creations at his exhibition of Dec 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016

The boat

The boat that wouldn't float...

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Echoes of the past

One of the houses in a development near the 
Southernmost tip of Africa - based on typical details
of the fishermens' cottages built earlier in this area'

For any of those who still remember this blog, I am now 85 and
going strong. And I think it's time I tried to update daily Is there
anyone out there?. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


Hello there- I'm back after a long absence punctuated by doctors, hospitals and other impediments. I'm not in Aurora at the moment but in Pretoria, and the most noteworthy thing to happen since I got here was snow - for the first time ever, here! All of 3mm thick at the height of the 'storm.'  Fortunately we have a huge supply of wood, from a couple of fallen trees, and a fireplace which that evening, warmed the house.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fisheries Museum

In Velddrif an old and historically interesting building, near the fishing harbour, has been converted into a museum filled with fascinating bits and pieces, from the fossilised bill of a swordfish to the most up-to-date equipment, aimed to make the most of the rich seas off our West Coast. Sadly these are rapidly being depleted by illicit overfishing by Far Eastern countries.
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Monday, September 12, 2011


Growing in a small crack in the edge of the tarred road, this albuca junctifolia has survived against all odds. The wild flowers of this area have to be tough in the face of climatic and human challenges.
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Saturday, September 10, 2011

While we're talking houses...

Take a look at this one. It is in the Kruger National Park and each unit is simply a timber platform with a canvas-tented superstructure. It overlooks a river bed with a seasonal stream of water where animals come to drink or to wander up the river. And it's my idea of heaven.

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