Saturday, May 16, 2015

Happy Birthday, Angus!

Today out son, Angus celebrates his birthday. It's fitting that I'm visiting in the area quite close to  Empangeni, Zululandwhere Angus was born 36 years ago. 

Happy birthday Angus! 
Angus and family visiting Granny Bammie (MIL Pam) on her birthday earlier this week

Here in Monzi, Zululand, I've spotted many critters!

The first thing you notice when you drive up to the Guest House we're staying in, is a sign...

Here's the little dog... 

PS We've discovered that when we're Rina's cooking meat on the stove, there's nothing wrong with little mutt's olfactory senses! 

Of the two of us oldies, I'm the calm one who can pick up spiders carefully (in a tissue, but) and place it outside safely.  I don't shudder when critters appear in my shower. Rina is petrified of all creepy crawlies. So what happens this week? A small frog appears in RINA's shower! 
The small frog which I removed from Rina's shower cubicle this week

While sitting out on the patio of the Guest House, we spotted a small lizard on the inside of the kitchen window
Several evening later, we spotted a ghecko on the exterior wall of the Guest House

As I photographed the critter above, I noticed a movement in the corner of my eye...
A preying mantis on the lamp lighting the path

I'm linking to Saturday's Critters with Eileen here


  1. happy birthday to your son! cute crawly critters. :)

  2. Love all your critters. I'm not freaked out by creepy crawlies. In my first trip to Africa, I was startled by a gecko though when it shot out from behind a picture hanging on the wall on my very first night in Africa. I still remember how I screamed out loud lol. We don't have geckos where I live or for that matter things that jump out at you from behind paintings in hotel rooms, lol. Hope you are having a wonderful time. xx

  3. Happy Birthday btw to your dear son Angus. I know that one of your grandsons will have a birthday soon (May 21). I sent my birthday greetings to him in advance :-)

  4. Hi Jo Great shot of the angus and the family. How I can hear Rina screaming at these little beasties, at least one of you stays calm!! Love the last shot. Thanks for the ID. Glad it was a lifer for you. Love the last image. Have a wonderful weekend.

  5. Hello JO, happy birthday to your son Angus. I love the family shot and the critters. The frog, lizard and ghecko are so cute. The dog has a great sense of smell to make up for the loss of his eyes and ears. Great post! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

  6. This little frog looks so cute ! Poor little doggy ! and happy Birthday to your son !

  7. Happy birthday to your son.
    Beautiful pictures too.
    I wish you a very good weekend.
    Best regards, Irma

  8. These critters may be harmless but they do make me jump when I first see them. lol

  9. I like all your little critters. Happy birthday to your son. What a cute family.

  10. Great critters! Cute pup with his great sense of smell! And happy birthday to your son!

    My favorite shot was of the preying mantis! He looks like he's saying "oh, hellloooo..." :-)

  11. Great set of critters! I don't mind setting the spiders free outside, either.


  12. That's what happens when you live in a country surrounded by nature on all sides! I would love to know and live a little of it all!
    Beautiful days ahead Jo!


  13. Happy Birthday to your son. That's a neat collection of critters!

  14. Such fun captures, that is a very beautiful family..


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