Vegetable garden firsts…

I started my vegetable garden, to feel like a successful caveman.  I wanted to lay the bounty before my lady’s feet, and provide…

This morning is a very special morning. I harvested my very first cucumber ever. Not very big. But very tasty! Not to be confused with the zucchini/courgette in front…

I also harvested my very first butternuts, and somewhere a squash also popped up… the green beans and the aubergines also continue to provide fresh goodness to my family.

When I harvest, I am so grateful for all the time I took to read about it, weeding, digging, fertilizing, weeding, watering…

No poisons was used in the production of these veggies, and it tastes great!

This is something some people in my country still don’t get: First you work, then you reap the benefits.

I actually learn a lot in my vegetable garden, that I also try to utilize in my work…

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My earthworm farm is growing along nicely, with all the scraps from the kitchen (except meat and dairy, citrus, pineapple and onions) going into my bins. The earthworm tea provides very good nutrition for my vegetables, and I look forward to the worms making love, laying eggs, growing to a huge population, making lots of compost and tea…  This gardening game gives me a lot of joy!

 

PS- I passed the 500 km mark in my cycling training program for this years Pick ‘n Pay Argus Cycle Tour this morning…

 

2013- Thank you India…

It is the last day of 2013… so you better start working on all the new years resolutions that you planned this time last year… time is running out to make a success of this year!

I have this bad habit of thinking too much on days like this… leads to nights like this, leads to love like this… Get out of my head, David Blunt! You too, Alanis Morrisette, for the title of this blog post!

  • In any case- I am really grateful to the great nation of India. Why? Except for their wonderful food and beautiful girls, they have an AWESOME cricket team… It was so sad to see the Indian team without Sachin Tendulkar!  And then our great hero also decided to step down from test cricket.  What is really, really special, is that the Indian team stood a guard of honor for Jacques Kallis when he stepped onto the pitch for his last test match ever…

Well, MS Dhoni and the team- THAT was AWESOME! Sportsmanship at it’s very best. Thank you for that!  It is also so good to see India versus South Africa on the cricket field. It is so good to see power against power, and it provides 30 hours of great fun! The Americans would not get it… sorry about that. But the Aussies would!  Another great nation!

So, on this last day of 2013- Thank you India!

  •  Thank you Australia! My wife and I have only 1 television program that we do not miss. It is Australian Masterchef. We are a year behind on the schedule, tonight we will see the finals of your 2012 season. We love the way the Aussies do cooking competitions! We got to love the competitors, and me and the boys really hoped for the two physiotherapists to be at the top, but then Kylie and Mindy made it to the top 6. We could not help ourselves, we sneaked a peak on the internet who won, and we like the winner a lot. But the positive, uplifting style of competition we love a lot. Not like the Americans in Chopped…  Now the Aussies need to get that positive competition spirit going in the Rugby!  (Just joking, you are worthy advisaries!)
  • Thank you New Zealand!  What would world Rugby be without the All Blacks!  They always set the benchmark in Rugby, and it is always a great battle when Springbok and All Black meet…
  • Up till now the Americans don’t have a clue what I am rambling on about. Only the British Commonwealth took notice. So: Thank you USA! For giving Charlize Theron a job! Thank you for Barack Obama’s great speech at Nelson Mandela‘s Memorial Service. I know a lot of Americans don’t like the guy, but we would love a president like that… the one we got- maybe you heard the crowd boo-ing our beloved president Zuma.
  • Thank you Germany for my lovely BMW R 850 R!  What a bike!
  •  Thank you to the heaven’s agricultural department for the sun and the rain, which makes my vegetables grow so lovely this year. What inspired this post was when I went to my garden to harvest today’s crop. The first tomatoes of the season is now ripe- only two today, but hundreds nearing the goalpost!
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Today’s crop…

  •  My daughter left her scanner here for a few days, so I misused it to scan hundreds of old photos from my past. I also scanned our wedding photos. And one  of the biggest thank yous go to my wife- I really got to marry the girl of my dreams! And we are nearing our 24th anniversary…
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  • Thank you for 4 beautiful kids, even if they are teenagers and don’t like me…
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    This IS the happy face!

    Thank you to my church, where I spent nearly half my life already- next year on the 10th of May I will have been in town for 20 years

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  • Thank you Daniel Silva, I discovered your books this past few weeks and can’t put them down.  George R.R. Martin of Game of Thrones fame can really learn a lot from this guy about a story having an end…
  • Thank you to the New College  Oxford’s Choir, for Agnus Dei- the soundtrack to the excellent Stephen Ambrose series Band of Brothers (thanks for that one Steven Spielburg and Tom Hanks!)
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    Thanks to the Babel Sosaties for Word Riders… it was a highlight of my year with you guys!
  •  Thanks to all my friends- I really do have some excellent people in my life!
  •  And thanks to you all, reading my blog. The Rider was born this year, and I am amazed by the 1200 followers and   39 244 hits on my blog since February. Thanks so much!
  •  I had a very good year in 2013!  Of all the tears and the bad times- there were a lot, but I am going to flush those memories down the toilet today…

May 2014 be the best year ever so far in all our lives…

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Landscape… (Daily Prompt)

Daily Prompt: Landscape

by michelle w. on May 9, 2013

When you gaze out your window — real or figurative — do you see the forest first, or the trees?

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As I rise each morning, I open the curtains to a brand new day…  This is the view from my bedroom window:Image

In the rural areas of South Africa, we have lots of space, as you can see.  When talking about real trees- we have a lot!  I have had to take some exotic trees out, and plant indigenous trees in their place. The Syringa trees had to go- they cause hayfever in me and some of my children when in bloom. The stumps of the syringas were left in the ground, they make handy cricket wickets for my boys. They are a handy perch for my birdfeeder- the one that gave me such a hard time to make…  you know- grinding and welding without proper eyewear…

In their place I planted 5 Celtis Africana (White Stinkwood) trees, and 5  Combretum Erythophyllum  (River Bushwillow or Vaderlandswilg Trees) So yes- individual trees does matter…

I still have quite a lot of exotic trees standing in my backyard. It is just too hot in the Bushveld not to have shady trees… There are  still about 5 huge mulberry trees, which feeds the whole congregation’s children’s silkworm plague. There are quite a few Jacaranda trees- famous in Pretoria, but a foreign species to South Africa- another Aussie invasion, just like the bluegum trees…

Living in the Bushveld- I see the individual trees. We have a thousand different species in our region.  Outside of town I see the “forest”- the bigger picture of all the dendrological life together as one magnificent habitat for our thousands of bird species, and the wildlife for which Africa is famous for…

My view as I wake up tells the story of what is important to me. You can see that it is very child-friendly- a boy’s dream place to grow up. There is one of my sons in this picture, with two friends- there are about 10 boys on any given day somewhere in the yard- only 3 of them are mine… There is enough space to hit a cricket ball or to swing. There are a few trees that are worthy of a climb. Out of view is a small swimming pool, which really helps to cool us down in summer when it reaches 40 degrees Celcius in our world.

It is now autumn in the Bushveld. It is a dry season, and municipal water is very expensive, so not much watering is going on this time of year. My vegetable garden is not planted at the moment- but I love fresh vegetables out of the garden.

 And so you have a glimpse out of my bedroom window into my world as I rise each morning.