Photos I Found On My Phone…

I haven’t done a post like this since last May, so there are quite a few pictures in this post.

This picture I simply had to stop along the road to take. The late afternoon sun was making the veld grasses all glowy and pink and gold…

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I was astounded by the rice crispy ingredients!

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a peahen and her chick – I’ve never seen peacock chicks

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flabbergasted by the price of Easter eggs!

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miles and miles of electric fence wiring from our garden

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I bought my sweetheart a coffee mug

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I want a mug like this!!

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I thought this was funny!

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there’s a brand new Asterix story!

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Yes. I am a grammar Nazi.

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sitting in reception at my new gynae’s office

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My sweetheart Glugster cuts my toast into all kinds of funny shapes!

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discovered this one Tuesday morning… And we had no spanner!

SPIDERS IN OUR HOUSE AND GARDEN!!!
I always marvel at the colours and patterns on spiders when you get to look at them closely. Its quite spectacular.

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Red Spot Hairy Field Spider

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a Daddy Longlegs with her egg sac

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Spitting Spider

You Want To Freak Me The Fork Out?!?

Put a maggot anywhere near me!

The heat we’ve been experiencing and delays in rubbish collection with all the holidays and all the extra food and stuff that gets thrown out after get togethers means I am having a problem with flies. And flies mean maggots.

I know a maggot can’t hurt me, that they only feed on rotting produce, but knowledge and creep-factor are two very different things.

Those little fuckers move unbelievably fast and just when you think you’ve gotten rid of all of them another one will appear! They try to get out of the light because too much sun will kill them, so they squirm into all the nooks and crannies and underneath things, and if you aren’t already grossed out by them, you will be when I tell you they are covered – COVERED – with EYES!
Okay so they’re not regular eyes as such, they’re more like photo-receptors, but that doesn’t make it any less yuck to me.

So now I am going ASAP to buy those vapour dispensers for insects that seem to be working like a bomb in my sister’s house… But I am a little leery of them because my asthma has never reacted well to Doom or Target or any of those things… and it means I am going to lose my spiders, and I am not happy about that at all!

Annie Oakley Rides Again!

Yes- I know its not everybody’s cup of tea, and no- I still have no intention of buying a gun.

It is a company team building thing, and its a personal confidence building thing. Its immensely challenging and hitting the targets is really very satisfying!

Never mind being better at something than your boss is when he/ she is more clued up in the office than you are, LOL.

Back To Normal…

February is over and done with… today is the last day- leap year day. And yesterday was hectic- I am working my cute li’l backside (not) off at work and enjoying it too… and then all of a sudden at lunch time I felt like I was getting a cold- stiff neck, sore ears, scratchy throat. Damn! I have too much to do this weekend to get sick now…

And yesterday was my Granny Darling’s 83rd birthday! I so badly wanted to go and have coffee with her after work, but I was afraid to go near her with my newly acquired cold! She’s doing REALLY well bunnies- she is now home with a “nurse” from 7 to 7 who helps her dress and get in and out of bed and such. She also cooks lunch and such so my granny can take it easy.

Then last night, The Glugster took me out to dinner. Yes bunnies- we had a date- and we went to Cape Town Fish Market for sushi!
WOW!!!
We sat at the conveyor-belt table thingy where the chefs are in the middle and you can watch as they prepare the dishes. This time I tried a little more of everything- except the tuna- and I just love the salmon! I took pictures of course, and I watched intently as the chef prepared each dish. Its unbelievable what they manage to achieve with one mother trucker size knife!!!

And on the arachnid front (I think most of you know how I love spiders), on the weekend I found a brown widow in the guest loo* at Glugs’ place. She was living behind the maid’s clothing that is hung up behind the door, and she’d been there long enough to shed at least once. She was just gawjiss– but I asked Damien to take her outside into the garden so she wouldn’t get squished should the maid spot her. And of course I didn’t want her to get bitten either. So Damien duly took her out into the garden and hung the clothing back up in the loo. In the week Glugs said he thought he’d seen her again- the widow that is- outside his front door. I didn’t see her when I got there on Wednesday night though. Then last night Glugs announce that she was back, in the guest loo, behind the clothes! Is that not awesome! I’ve never seen a spider do that- move back to where she was after being taken outside! And there’s a wolf spider living in Glugs’ living room. He has wooden floors and the one day we were going shopping or something and as he put his shoe on she appeared next to his shoe. We’d already known she was there so we keep an eye out for her. Glugs stopped putting his shoe on and slowly pulled it back so we could see her properly. As I knelt down to see her better she tried to make a break for her hidey hole in the corner- and she was slipping on the wooden tiles like cats and dogs do! I hosed myself- I never imagined a spider could also slip on the floor! OOH- and I found a spitting spider in Glugs’ bathroom the night before last! They’re small, but with a very distinctive shape and colouring. SO pretty!

* ‘coz naturally its easier to use the guest loo than to schlepp upstairs!

I Think I Identified The Spider In My Kitchen!

I think she’s an inland button spider (Latrodectus renivulvatus).
There are four spiders that fall under the black button spider ‘complex’ in South Africa: the east coast button spider (Latrodectus cinctus), the west coast button spider (Latrodectus indistinctus), the karoo button spider (Latrodectus karooensis) and the one in my kitchen. They are regarded as the more venomous group. I’m not 100% sure- as I can’t see her egg sac. The black buttons are widely distributed throughout South Africa and are more often found in natural habitats then in built-up areas, which is another reason I’m not 100% positive that’s what she is. She’s also not as dark as the ones I found on the web- although buttons can range in colour from shades of brown to black- but her shape and what I’ve seen of her markings makes me think this is what she is. If I see something to confirm my ID (or not) I’ll let you know.
The babies have all gone by the way.