Category Archives: Typically South African

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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An Open Letter to Melissa Bachman

BEN TROVATO – Durban Poison

Dearest Melissa,

I just wanted to say how much I love that photo of you posing next to the lion you killed in South Africa.

The picture has gone around the world and everyone thinks you are absolutely wonderful. Well, apart from those who think you are a coldhearted filthpig who uses a gun to deal with issues of low self-esteem and other unresolved childhood pathologies.

I think you are great. I wish you were my wife. My dream would be to travel the world, just you and I, with matching His and Hers .357 Benjamin Rogues, shooting animals in the face just for the hell of it.

I can’t believe the size of your telescopic sights. This is not a euphemism. That thing mounted on your gun is huge. I’m surprised you even had to leave America. It would have been cheaper to just get on a stepladder out…

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Nature’s Glass Pearls

We are getting our summer rains in South Africa at the moment. Besides cooling down the earth, I love how the rain leaves behind little glass pearls on all the plants!

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Summer Colours

Summer in South Africa has brought forth bright and splendid colours. One of my favourite trees are the Jacarandas! I eagerly await every summer for them to bloom their purple blossoms, that also leave a lilac blanket on the floor.

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Thursday Lingering Look at Windows: the fish tank wall

I always stare at this guy’s house every time I drive past it. It is a house in Johannesburg and the reflection on the windows are beautiful. I love glass!

I digress a little because the reason for my staring is that he has one of the coolest walls ever! A fish tank is embedded inside the wall, on the bottom right hand corner in the photo. The wall of the fish tank is a window to the fish isn’t it? 😀

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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! 🙂

Mongolian Braai

South Africans are addicted to braais. Braai is our Afrikaans word for BBQ/grill. The difference is we don’t use gas, but either wood, charcoal or briquettes, unless it’s a…

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Mongolian braai! Have you ever had one? We joined in on the fun at my husband’s colleague’s 50th birthday over the weekend.

Basically, you cook your own food. As if you want to go to a party and cook your own food! But it’s loads of fun! The host will tell you beforehand what to bring, like the chicken, beef etc. Everything is laid out on the table and you fill your bowl with what you like and head off to the skottel braai and cook your food!
We had a range of beef, chicken, pork, calamari and a load of sides like chopped pineapple, mushrooms, spring onions, leeks, rice, noodles, bean sprouts, shredded cabbage and lettuce etc, with a range of sauces. Forgive the bad quality photos, I took them with my phone

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Try one for yourself – you’ll have a blast!

The little tornado that couldn’t

We don’t get tornadoes here in South Africa, but yesterday there was a suspicious looking cloud hovering above my house when it rained. It looked like one tried to form. I could see it from the highway and it had a much stronger funnel, but it had pretty much dissipated by the time I got to my house 15 minutes later. Haha, shame, I call it the little tornado that couldn’t. 😀

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Buzz Word Bingo!

Ugh! I detest meetings! They are the bane of my existence. There is just something about academia that has this insatiable need to have meetings. All. The. Time. Oh, and not only are they at least 3 hours long, nothing ever comes of them! And I don’t think it’s just South Africa, because someone who works at a University in the States complained to me about the exact same thing! I am so relieved it’s Friday. Meetings, voetsek!

I really was NOT in the mood for meetings this week. One of the Managers suggested I try make as many words with the word hippopotamus. Here is my handiwork. Maybe I could have made more words, but I had to pretend that I was listening now and then:

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Another Manager gave me a sheet called “Buzz Word Bingo” where you get to tick off as many words on the sheet as you can. I shall be using it for the next meeting. Feel free to use it if you hate meetings as much as I do:

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Candid Shots

Cee has another fun challenge – candid shots!
I’ve always found my best candid shots come from taking photos of my daughter, who does some cute, but also odd things at times.

Here is one of her playing on the beach. I anticipated her jumping off the rock so caught it just in time:

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This guy was selling sunglasses on the beach and I was so impressed with the cool way he carried them in an old surfboard, I just had to capture it:

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Contrary to what you may believe, this guy was not posing for the camera. I caught a snap while hearing him explain to his buddy how he’s full-time pineapple, part-time beach bum:

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