GREETINGS FROM SOUTH AFRICA!
Hello there everyone!
Today is a public holiday in South Africa. It feels like the world has come to a complete standstill. People (and dogs) have used the opportunity to sleep in late and the shopping centres and the roads are empty.
Here at home we're also in a totally chilled out mode and activity in our household is minimal.
I think we all have had 'far too much Christmas'!!!
Only the industrious 'Masked Weaver Bird' remains determined to seize the day - weaving his homesteads at record pace and constantly on the lookout for any available females.
He is such a little character:
He is always the first to chirp in the dawn and we are usually woken by his unrestrained chatter. He is fiercely territorial too and any other males who might inadvertently enter his realm are loudly and firmly escorted out of his airspace. Our garden is always graced with his constant chatter. I love this little guys to bits!
The palm trees in our neighbourhood supply the hardware for the weaver bird's endless creations. He is a master craftsman and one has to admire his tenacity to constantly churn out nests whilst shredding those that have 'been up too long'. At the moment the nest count is FIVE and has on occasions reached a grand total of ELEVEN nests!. He even shreds my lavender bushes for tiny bits of fragrant leaves which he uses to line his nests. Apparently it wards off the little nest mites. Very clever indeed, don't you think?!
Whilst our weaver bird gets along with the tasks of the day, the dogs play on...
Yes, it is truly "Silly season"
To all my wonderful friends across the globe who are snowbound, I do send my warmest wishes with a special invitation from my Inca lilies...
You're invited to join us in our beautiful South African sunshine!
How about it?