Category Archives: Animals

Charming Cheetah

Living in South Africa, I am blessed to be able to come up close and personal with so many wonderful wildlife- my favourite thing!

This was my blessed experience with cheetah, they are much bigger than I expected, and have such an amazing presence about them!

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Daily Prompt: a GLAM fright

This is one of my favourite frightening stories that happened to my dad when I was younger. When I was 12, we had an English Pointer, named Sable. These dogs are known for hunting and every time they discern prey, they stop dead still with their one paw up and their tail straight as a stick. I hated it when my dad would go hunting, I would always cry when he brought back the poor dead buck. But Sable was so loving with us children, super intelligent, loved to hunt and was a real loss to the family when he passed away.

He went everywhere with my dad and they often went to the farm on weekends together for their latest adventure!
One particular day, my dad was canoeing down the river and Sable was swimming right next to the canoe, as was his favourite thing.
They reached their destination and left the canoe on the side of the river and proceeded to walk through the bushveld.

After a few minutes, Sable stopped dead in his tracks and assumed his hunting position. My dad looked around and saw nothing. He urged Sable to continue walking. 
After a few more seconds Sable stopped again, whimpering, and his tail was pointing very stiffly alerting my dad to danger. Again my father looked around and in the long grass but could not see anything. Thinking Sable was overreacting to a large rat or lizard somewhere in the grass, he urged him to carry on walking.

When Sable stopped for a third time, my dad grew worried and asked him what was bothering him and tried assuring him it was okay.

Sable was looking up.

My dad followed his persistent stare.

His eyes led him up to the large tree in front of him.

From the top of the tree, looking down on both my dad and Sable was a large leopard.

Sable stood dead still, waiting for instruction from his master to pursue the kitty cat in the tree, while the colour drained from my dad’s face. They backed off very slowly and got back into the canoe as fast and silently as they could!
Most glam way of getting frightened for sure! 🙂

Macro Monday: Butterflies and a Royal Caterpillar

I adore butterflies. There aren’t so many of them around like when I was little, and I blame the eighties. I remember when I was small, the uneducated trend of catching butterflies, killing them and placing them in frames disturbed me.
I visited Butterflies for Africa in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa and I fell in love with this little guy. He looks like royalty in those splendid green and gold colours!

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It was a pleasure to get to see so many butterflies up close. I also saw a gorgeous glass winged butterfly but battled to capture him 😦

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And to end it off, their coffee shop rocks! How is this awesome sandwich, I just had to show you – cheese, tomato, avocado and pepperdews (a South African sweet piquanté pepper) with a sweet chilli sauce on a French loaf. Ahh, pepperdews. My reason for being! I had no shame in devouring the entire thing. By myself.

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Sunday Stills: Birds

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Taken from Marina Beach, South Africa

 

So, a donkey walks into a bar and orders a Coke…

Literally.

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There is this cute to-die-for family bar in Ramsgate, called Pistols Saloon – which is in the South Coast of South Africa. It is a Western Cowboy themed bar, with its own Wild West Museum.
But the best part is their resident donkey, Huckleberry!  I don’t drink but I had to go to see him. Animals always attract me. He just roams on in whenever he feels the need to drink Coca Cola out of the can, munch on carrots and receive adoring pats and rubs from the patrons. Isn’t he adorable? 

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What I really like is that the owners are animal-friendly conscious:

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View from the outside area

View from the outside area

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Resident Kitty

 

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Share Your World – 2013| Week 33

I decided to participate in Cee’s fun Share your World series. So here goes!

If you could live in any OTHER time, when would it be and why?
Back in the garden of Eden, before the stupid apple was eaten. There I could live my life the way it was supposed to be – among animals, in perfect bliss where no children or animals are abused like they are today

If you were given a yacht today, what would you name it?
Dela-Ca-Seas

Tell how you are feeling today in the form of a weather report. (For example, partly cloudy, sunny with a chance for showers, etc.)
Cloudy with a chance of a Johannesburg thunderstorm! This is my first day back at work after an awesome week’s break at the sea! Boring! This is what I left behind, do you blame me?

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List at least two things in nature do you find most beautiful?
Easy – animals and the ocean! I’m at the most peace and joy when I’m around either of the two, and you can never catch me in a foul mood then!

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Daily Prompt: Naked

Uhhh hello… I would be comfortably naked if you learned how to KNOCK!

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Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge 2

For Michelles Second Weekly Pet Challenge I have decided to introduce you to my morning academic coffee buddy. Academic, because I work at a University and my buddy has quite an expressive vocabulary.

I work on the top floor of my building, and almost every day I have an Egyptian goose fly up to my window. I have taken it upon myself to name him Jake. He looks like a Jake.
Jake is blady cheeky. He knocks on my window loudly with his beak demanding to be let in. And when I don’t, he shouts at me! I don’t know any goose swearwords but I know he swears! Typical South African. But I look forward to this cheeky banter every morning 🙂

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A great way to wake up!

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My favourite way to wake up! My cat, Nebraska, runs up to me when my alarm goes off, pulls away the blankets, climbs in and snuggles up. And often uses my arm as a pillow 😀