Category Archives: Behaviour

Wake Up Call!

Who Me? – Olive Thrush 4

Haiku 130

What is wrong with you?

There’s not a light in the sky

My Arch Nemesis!



It is pitch black here in Cape Town at 05.30.

Not a creature is stirring; not even a mouse.

But my Arch Nemesis, the cheeky Olive Thrush, has decided it is morning and is singing his little heart out.

Very Loudly!

A Wake Up Call indeed!



Sunday Musings #183

Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are good is like expecting the bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian.

– Dennis Wholey


Yep, life isn’t fair!

But I do believe that what goes around comes around and ‘being good’ wins out in the end: even if the bull doesn’t know it!


This one’s for DD.


Monkey Nuts!

Sparky the Squirrel with Monkey Nut 1

Haiku 129

Hunting for treasure

Monkey nuts for a monkey!

Sparky on my stoep



Sparky the squirrel regularly stops by our stoep and looks for us. When we see him, we throw a few nuts out. He grabs one and immediately runs off to bury it, then comes back for more.

Why do we not leave some nuts out for him? Because a large rat has also been stopping by! 

Sparky the Squirrel with Monkey Nut 2

In the second photo you can see that Sparky hunts for the nut by scent. It is right there in front of him, but he still sniffs it out.


My long-time followers will notice one very important thing in the photos.

Yes! The stoep is wet!

We have had a little rain lately and even if it only drizzles, it may do so for a few hours, which all adds up. The lawn particularly is very happy!


Sunday Musings #182

I turned my phone on Airplane Mode and threw it in the air. Worst transformer ever!

– Bill Murray


Sometimes technology is out to get you. Sometimes you help it along!


post script: My Router is trying to recover after I spilt my coffee over it. Thank you for all your kind words. 

I don’t particularly miss the internet, though I do miss contact with my family overseas and my Blog friends. 

As to the rest, I admit to buying a little data for my phone, so I could continue my 790 day Duolingo streak. After all, it would be nice to get to 1000 days! 

And I hope to be re-connected sometime next week. See you then!


Ducks cannot read!

Ducks swimming

Haiku 127

Swimming unaware

Can’t you read the danger sign?

Effluent waters!


Ducks swimming 2 – No Swimming Sign

Since these ducks cannot read, they swim regardless. I guess it goes hand in hand with their quack having no echo!

Ducks swimming 3

Still, they looked perfectly healthy – and happy!


post script: We met a man while walking round the wine estate and he told us that this little pond had filled up 18 inches with the recent rain. However, you can see that it is still seriously empty, as are all our proper dams.


Have You Hugged A Tree Today?

Sparky Hugging a Tree 1

Haiku 124

In tune with Nature

Have you hugged a tree today?

Sparky Tree Hugger



Sparky the squirrel is getting braver and braver pottering around my stoep. He digs and delves in all my plant pots, stashing treasure and then retrieving it again.

Sparky Hugging a Tree 2

Here I disturbed him as he was scampering up the grape vine and caught him mid-hug.

Honestly, you’d think he owned the place!