After I'd photographed the beautiful sunrise and skies which I shared on Skywatch Friday yesterday, the wind came up and brought this...
Thick dust storms over our part of the Free State
Hot, dusty and depressing weather which dried up the earth even more
We're waiting anxiously for rain to cool down the earth and also to bring relief to the farmers in the area.
That evening the weather had calmed down and the sun returned. We watched as the birds came to refresh themselves at several of our natural water troughs and the nectar of the flowering aloes.
A Cape Sparrow enjoying a refreshing drink at a rock pool in my garden
A Malachite Sunbird (male) sips the nectar from a flowering aloe
Two sparrows enjoy the overflow of water where I'd watered the vegetables from the garden tap
Indoors we've had a problem with ants - obviously looking for water. They swarm around the kettle and Chappie's water bowl. On Wednesday night Rina noticed a trail of large ants on the outside wall - but that it disappeared into the house.
A swarm of ants which have somehow entered the house in my office
They march down the wall, onto the floor, and to Chappie's water
There are two schools of thought in South Africa concerning insects. Two types of people. Those who use sprays to kill insects and those who don't. I don't use sprays.
Rina does! She brought out the Doom and aimed at the army of ants invading our house
Fortunately, the next day she found a chalk stick at our local supermarket. Knowing my abhorrence to sprays and hers to creepy crawlies, she brought this chalk home. You draw a circle around the area where the ants congregate (or around the kettle, cat's water, bathroom taps, anything) and the ants GO AWAY of their own accord! Absolutely harmless to children and pets!
I'm linking my post to Eileen Saturday Critters here