Sunday Musings #153

Adulthood is like looking both ways before you cross the street and then getting hit by an airplane.

– Unknown


Yes, it certainly seems like this when you first head out on your own!



Territorial Dispute

Guinea Fowl 4

Haiku 78

Guinea Fowl battle

Staccato machine gun fire

It is 2 a. m.



It is almost summer here in Cape Town and every animal is twitterpated. We are used to hearing the sounds of Egyptian Geese, Hadedah and Guinea Fowl squabbling loudly over territory all day long; but not usually in the middle of the night!

This is the third morning in a row I’ve had a very early wake up call. Add to this my crippling allergies and I am walking around during the day like a Zombie!


post script: For Scooj – I know you’re counting! Strictly speaking ‘fire’ is one syllable, but regional accents may break it into two; ‘fi-yur’. So if you pronounce it that way here is an alternate second line: ‘Rapid machine gun fire’.

I went with ‘staccato’ because it conveys the sound better. 


Guess Who’s Coming to Tea

Chocolate Brownies


I rarely bake these days, because there is usually only me to eat it! However I had friends over for afternoon tea the other day so took the opportunity to bake chocolate brownies. I have a tried and trusted recipe that I found in a newspaper many years ago.

After tea, I sent my friends off with some brownies as Padkos (literally road food in Afrikaans). As everyone seems to be on a diet these days they didn’t take many, so I guess it will be up to me to finish off the rest.

It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it!


post script: Since someone will no doubt ask, yes I did offer a few brownies to my husband, but he is not much of a cake eater.


Lucky Lavender

Lucky Lavender 1

Haiku 77

Lucky Lavender

Cast your spell as I walk by

Lingering perfume



I bought a new lavender bush, since my old one suddenly died. This one seems to be a different variety; chunky and not as refined. Hopefully its ruggedness will help it do better.

Lucky Lavender 2


post script: I have written a few posts on lavender and hesitated to do another, but I liked the photo I’d managed to capture in the sunlight, so thought, “Why not?” The little haiku came after, but I’m quite chuffed with it. I doubt anyone will notice, except perhaps Scooj, who counts the syllables! 

Also, I’d chosen the title Lucky Lavender and then realised this is my 77th haiku. 7 is my lucky number. Serendipitous or what?


Sunlit Composition

Loquat 1

I noticed a squirrel scrambling around behind the apple tree and then running off along the fence. I guessed he had been to check if the loquats were ripe yet.

When I went to look I was surprised to see that several of the fruit were already a lovely yellow-gold.

I grabbed my camera and took a few shots. When I take a photo I am very aware of the background, which can add to the effect. Afterwards I look through my photos to see if I’ve got any that I like, or that have the effect I was trying to achieve.

This photo was taken with the camera held above my head and into the sun, so it was a bit of a hit-or-miss.

What I like about it is the glint of the sun on the fruit, showing up the fuzzy skin; the one clear leaf, with a browning edge, hanging down in the middle of the frame; and also the ‘bokeh’ in the top right hand corner that is little dots of light.

I don’t think of myself as a photographer; my camera does most of the work! But I know what I like and often spend a long time editing photos to my preferences.

Below is what the photo was like before I cropped it.

Loquat 2

Of course, there will be some of you who prefer the un-cropped version and some who would have cropped it differently.

That’s fine. It is our differences that make life more interesting.