Sunday, November 22, 2015

Critters, plants, machines and pets

Hi everyone. Last night  Friday night we had the most welcome rainstorm after a long, hot, dry spell. The storm's been building up for days - causing oppressive heat and dusty conditions. (and elation and disappointment when it didn't materialize!) 

Then it poured down - the heavens opened. 

Saturday morning Grant measured 35 ml in our rain gauge. At the same time Angus sent me a text saying the silos (where our server/Internet towers are attached) had had severe damage and the Internet would be down. The team was coming through from the nearby town of Ladybrand and would sort everything out.

It's still out and this is SUNDAY! I decided to use precious data on my Smart phone so here I am -  but that's why I'm late with my post! 

Below is the male counterpart to the previous lily I posted several weeks ago on this meme. The  Spathiphyllum (Peace lily) never did anything in the cold entrance hall to our house. However, Rina repotted the now root-bound plants (there were two) carried them through to my sunny office and they are THRIVING! At first the male (situated against a inside wall at Grant's desk) didn't seem to be responding too well. I convinced Rina to move it to underneath a corner window where it would not be knocked over by children and cats. 

Take a look at me now...
  Spathiphyllum (male) aka, Peace Lily loving its new situation under the window in my office

Around the corner in the kitchen I found Chappie on the kitchen counter - against the spice rack. 
Chappie, looking like a Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland! 
This scruffy-looking individual on the bird feeder, is the Southern Red Bishop. Taken about then days ago, it's still coming into breeding plumage here. I have dozens of photos of the bishops in full breeding plumage - more about them later
On Saturday morning Grant and I took the dogs to the golf course
With Eddy leading the way, Skabenga soon plunged into the dam 
Eddy submerged with Skabenga still feeling his way around
Whoo-hoo Eddy,  this is FUN! 
With stringent water restrictions, the golf club is lucky to have its own bore holes - several, in fact. They supply wagon-loads of water to the retirement center where MIL Pam lives

A farmer supplies a tractor with another wagon of water to give sustenance to saplings planted last season

John Deere tractor! 

I'm linking to Saturday Critters with Eileen here

Happy Sunday to you all! 


  1. Sorry to hear about your internet so thanks for getting the 2 post up and running from your phone. Love seeing the dogs in that pond and the lazy cat in the kitchen. I am sure it will not be long before the Red Bishop gets his breeding plumage. I saw them in S.A at this stage.

  2. Hello Jo, your plant is looking beautiful, love the blooms. Chappie is looking very content laying on the counter. I love the pretty Red Bishop, a gorgeous bird. Was this the first time Skabenga went swimming? I am glad Eddy was there to show him the way. Great critter post. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy day!

  3. watch your kitties, peace lilies are toxic to cats and dogs. i love the dogs in the pond, what fun... and also like that tractor pic..

  4. the pups and kitty are adorable. the bird is a beauty! congrats on the rain!

  5. Your lily looks spectacular and the dogs look to be having loads of fun.


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