Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Egyptian Goose



Last week as we left the little petrol station in a holiday resort, Grant pointed out that the Egyptian Geese wandering around the campsites had young. Well, it was probably two weeks ago. This morning when we stopped at the petrol pumps again, I noticed the same flock of geese.  They were a lot bigger than a fortnight ago but I decided to photograph them.

The Egyptian goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca) is a member of the duck, goose and swan family (Anatidae). It is native to Africa south of the Sahara and the Nile Valley.
Egyptian geese were considered sacred by the Ancient Egyptians, and appeared in much of their artwork. They have been raised for food and extensively bred in parts of Africa since they were domesticated by the ancient Egyptians. Because of their popularity chiefly as an ornamental bird, escapees are common and small feral populations have become established in Western Europe. 

I'm linking to Wild Bird Wednesday here

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Building update

I'm so behind with posting about the building up on the hill. I've been busy in the shop (Praise God!) and now that I have accommodation to manage, I just don't seem to get to the site after hours to take photos. These below were taken ten days ago; since then a LOT has been done like the flooring is laid and the cupboards are about to be fitted this week. 

The shower floor mosaic has been laid; Grant will hang the shower cubicle. The toilet has been installed. The plumbing is just about plumb done! 
 The windows have been fitted  (perhaps I've said this before)
 The ceilings are in (I'm sure I've posted this as well!)
 The ceiling fans are in 
 The downlights are inserted 
 The archway between the living area and the bedroom 
 The retaining wall at the back 
 Steve will insert river rocks once Amon has completed this part of building the wall 
Caroline and Mr Tibbs came to inspect the cottage as well (he's almost pulled her off her feet!) 

I'm linking to Our World Tuesday here


Monday, November 20, 2017

Me and my dog

We're still on the estate "squatting" in Steve and Estelle's one accommodation unit. I'll post about the building progress soon. 

Meanwhile, when I get home, it's kick off my smart sandals, don my walking shoes and (by this time Skabenga, is panting and whining next to me in the small space next to my bed),  we walk outside and onto the driveway. 

Oh, this is all after work. It happens again and again and again during the night. I can't think or remember who started this habit of walking at midnight, 2am, 3.30am and finally an official early morning walk at 5am! 

The driveway which leads through two other properties and to the veld beyond 
Yesterday I snapped a Reedbuck grazing in the distance 

Yip; I do this same walk about three time (minimum) during the night. I enjoy it. Skabenga loves it!