Friday, January 30, 2015

Some of the beautiful birds in our garden.

GREETINGS FROM SOUTH AFRICA!

Summer is such a beautiful time of the year in our city. After the heavy rains in Johannesburg, the foliage in our neighbourhood is green and lush. Hundreds of different birds invade the various gardens. Their variety is mesmerizing. A simple little bird feeder provides endless entertainment.
I invite you to grab a 'cuppa' with me, sit on my patio and take in God's amazing creation.

Olive thrush...
 Cape White-eye...
 Black-eyed Bulbul...
 Rock Pigeon...

 Sunbird...
 Female Weaver bird...
 Black-collared Barbets

 Rameron pigeon...
 Rock pigeon...
 Hadedah Ibis...
 Olive Thrush...
 Masked weaver building a nest...
Sit back and enjoy my 3 minute video...


Have a wonderful weekend.
Lotsaluv

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Celebrating summer!

GREETINGS FROM SOUTH AFRICA!
(and a belated 'Happy New Year')
Hello there to all my blogging friends around the world
It's been a while since I put up a blog post. (sigh) Life has been busy in this part of the world and with the ease of Facebook and other social media, I must admit that I have greatly neglected this blog. 
Anyway, I hope that 2015 will be a blessed and fulfilling year for you all.
I thought I'd share some pictures of TOBY and LEXI having some summer-fun. We've had wonderful weather here in Johannesburg and the family often spend time outside.  The dogs love our company...especially when we play their favourite game:
 "Ball retrieving from the swimming pool."
 Enjoy the pictures!
 Below: TOBY's 'shake'
 Toby's various diving styles: 





 Below: LEXI's turn
 Toby again...


 Lexi with the ball...
 LEXI...
 LEXI
LEXI
 Below: TOBY in full flight...

 LEXI doesn't mind her face under water...
 Dogs in the water-feature...

 Below: LEXI

 Below: An unusual dive (TOBY)
 Below: LEXI's 'shake'
 Sending all our love (and lots of licks) to our blogging-buddies around the world:

LEXI and TOBY
and

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

MIMI's SOUTH AFRICAN ADVENTURE: (Part 3): Mpumalanga, South Africa

After spending three wonderful days at the beautiful IMBALI SAFARI LODGE in the famous KRUGER NATIONAL PARK , South Africa, we left with heavy hearts. Our time in the bush seemed God-ordained; almost as if the Maker Himself had laid out the animals specially for our guest. We'd had wonderful sightings, including all of the Big 5.  The Kruger Park is certainly one of the most beautiful places on earth and our stay there was wonderful, truly wonderful!

On our way out of the park we were treated to yet another display of Mimi's all-time favourites - the beautiful elephants.

This time, we were able to stop and marvel at their antics; including a baby playing leisurely in the sand of the river bank.

Finally it was time to leave and we made our way out of the Paul Kruger Gate.  We stopped outside the gate to take a photograph of the statue which pays tribute to the man who played such a large role in preserving this amazing heritage. Usually there are monkeys which romp all over this statue, but they were absent this day.
I couldn't resist taking a photo, however,  of one of my favourite birds which was searching for nibbles on the ground:
THE BLUE WAXBILL

Our next goal was to show Mimi some of the views from various points along the Mpumalanga escarpment, and to stay over at the little town of Graskop.

After sleeping over at one of the comfortable "Bed & Breakfast" establishments in the town, we made our way to the 
BOURKE's LUCK POTHOLES.

"Water’s power to shape a landscape is spectacularly displayed at Bourke’s Luck Potholes in Mpumalanga, where centuries of river activity have carved out 
a dramatic and intricate series of natural rock formations and pools."

If you want to read up more about this amazing place please click

I managed to take a short video to show you the beauty of the place:


It was here that Mimi finally found her elusive 'Dung beetle' with its precious roll of poop:


Next, we took Mimi to see the view of the incredible:
BLYDE RIVER CANYON:
Looking down towards the Blyde River far below...

Mimi and I appreciating the view
 
Here is a video I took some years ago of this incredible place:


After soaking up the sights, we made our way back to Johannesburg
(4 hours).
There is no place like 'home' and the opportunity to relax and recuperate - 
ready for our next adventure.

Sending lots of love
Please look out for the next blogpost: Part 4 in this series:. 
This time, we will be visiting the beautiful "Mother City" of CAPE TOWN, South Africa.

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