Flower Friday

_MG_0429

 

This week I am not near my Postaday wish. I am experiencing some connectivity issues. My wifi router is terminally ill. It gets extremely hot, and then just flashes four green lights. I have ordered a new wifi router on our country’s version of Amazon, but it will take at least 12 days to source, they say. Life without internet, like life without decent coffee, has little meaning left…

Sorry I am not even able to read all my favorite blogs at the moment!

Advertisements

New Photo- 100 yards or less- Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge

http://ceenphotography.com/2014/01/28/cees-fun-foto-challenge-walk-100-steps-or-less-and-take-new-photos/

Cee asked us to walk 100 yards or less, and take a new photo. Maybe my photo will gross you out. But it is very interesting to me!

I have also started the practice of saving the earth by recycling our kitchen scraps through a worm bin, and using the vermicompost and vermitea in my small vegetable garden. And the results are great- I am getting to be more and more organic in my farming methods.

10 Yards from my computer is my worm bin. And here is the star attraction: A red wriggler worm (Eisenia fetida– one of thousands, but this one will do…

I bought them from Brigit Jackson over at aristonorganic

IMG_0416

His name is Willempie, ain’t he cute?  And he is helping to save the earth… 

Bad Weather- Sunday Stills

http://sundaystills.wordpress.com/2014/01/26/sunday-stills-the-next-challenge-bad-weather/

We live in a region of South Africa that is really blessed with good weather. We don’t have any bad weather around here!

There is no snow EVER around here, and my wife has never seen snow in person! We don’t have tornados (only a little one some years ago…)  We don’t have huge floods. (Only a little one some years ago.) We had our first earthquake ever in December, a very small tremor.  A thunder storm don’t last long, and the worst thing that does happen around here is some hail every now and then.

So- this is the best I could do about bad weather- some stormy weather we experienced in the Cape province near Franschhoek last June…

IMG_0171

At a coffee shop in Franschhoek, the sun shining briefly through extremely dark clouds…

IMG_0190

The most beautiful farm workers house in the world for me- outside Franschhoek

The only bad weather photo of our own Bushveld region I have is this little flood on Good Friday in 2010:

IMG_0273So: We are extremely blessed- nearly no bad weather at all- more than 300 days sunshine a year, only about 6 nights a year under freezing point- it is a joy living in Limpopo Province in South Africa!

 

 

Wood- Ailsa’s Travel Theme

http://wheresmybackpack.com/2014/01/24/travel-theme-wood/

The previous two days I was tied up in a church teambuilding exercise, could not post, so sorry if I bombard you today with posts!

Here are some photos from the Franschhoek/ Stellenbosch wine region of South Africa, where there is a wonderful relationship between wood and grape!

IMG_0014

Barrels at the entance to Elandsvlei cellars

IMG_0103

Crate for packing some excellent port-like wine!

IMG_0099

Wood Carving on a barrel at Muratie Cellars

IMG_0176

Wine racks and barrels for sale at a road stall…

IMG_0135

The inside of the beautiful Franschhoek Dutch Reformed Church

 

 

Urban Farming is fun…

Today I had one of my best harvest days in my urban farm so far… I started out with the wish to lay fresh produce at my wife’s feet.

And today: we have more than enough for today’s needs- enough to start giving away, and that was what I dreamed about…

IMG_1898

Happiness is… producing your own food!

IMG_1896

Look at that baby marrow (zucchini/courgette!) We left it a little too long on the plant…

There were no poisons used on these veggies. The main fertilizer used was worm tea from my 4 worm bins. Not totally organic yet, but I am nearing that!

I am really looking forward to that sweetcorn tonight! Harvest day makes all the work from digging the soil, fertilizing, planting, watering and weeding for 3 months worthwhile.  And to give some friends something from my garden- priceless!

Meanwhile, in Sunny South Africa, we are having a little bit of a heat wave, with no rain. The heat and drought are really getting on my nerves. I would love a day of two of rain!  And my vegetable garden too, we are suffering!

And yes, I really love my South African Cricket Team Supporter Shirts, I do have quite a few!

 

 

Found in Nature- Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge

http://ceenphotography.com/2014/01/21/cees-fun-foto-challenge-found-in-nature/

I want to share my photo of an Impala ram with you. A lot of American readers might ask where a Chev Impala occurs in nature, but then… it was named after this small antelope in Southern Africa…  There are quite a lot of them in our region, which is renowned for it’s game farms.

_MG_0510

“F”- Sunday Stills

http://sundaystills.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/sunday-stills-the-next-challenge-the-letter-f-2/

Ed asked us this week to Focus on the Fantastic letter F…

IMG_0027

Flying Machine- an old Harvard from our Air Force Museum…

Fish- the largest one we caught in years! He was released...

Fish- the largest one we caught in years! He was released…

IMG_0840

Fishing boats at Hout Bay Harbour near Cape Town

IMG_0651

Flower- the Cosmos variety

IMG_0552

Fly on the Flying Machine’s tail…