Saturday, July 18, 2020

Saturday Critters from my archives

Good morning to all my dear blogger friends. I have had two weeks of rest although I am walking about as much as I can, doing things around the house. But I seem to end up resting on the bed most of the day. The scar is healing well according to the sister who dresses it twice a week.
Not to put too fine a point on it, above is what the wound looks like, albeit it's on my calf. 

With lots of time now, I have gone back into my archives and enjoyed viewing my photos from way back when. I decided to share a few of these here on Saturday Critters. 

Living in Marquard 2015 - 2016, I took the dogs to the nearby golf course every day.  They loved it! 
 Eddie and Skabby literally bounding off the ground with joy 

I had Skabby as a pup in Marquard. He would always wait patiently while Mum takes photos. He still does this when we walk along the farm roads. (Not happened for several weeks) 

A young Skabby waiting patiently while I took photos 
A Yellow-billed stork in the golf course dam, Marquard
A marsh owl on a fence of farmlands on the way to the city 

Sometime during that last year in Marquard, (2016)Grant, Rudi (a friend) and I undertook a road trip to Cape Town, 1160 km from Marquard. I will post about this later;  it brought back poignant memories as I scrolled through the images. On the way down we stopped at an Engen One Stop, fuel station, rest rooms, restaurants and Quick Shop. This was at Colesberg, on the direct national route, the N1 between Cape Town and Bloemfontein. 

While enjoying a takeaway snack in the car park, I spotted a bird on the tall lamp post at the entrance to this layby. I walked towards it with my camera and was rewarded with this below. 
A Giant Kingfisher, female 

When I strolled back to the men and our car, I noticed a bird pecking at the crumbs left by people like us, eating at this spot. It was a Wattled Starling, non-breeding male or adult bird. I dubbed it female as she was very industrious while looking for food. 

 Wattled Starling - female 

Thanks dear Eileen for hosting this meme; Saturday Critters here

Be safe and have a great Saturday! 


  1. I hope your leg wound will heal quickly Jo. I know you have a healthy diet and I think that helps enormously. I enjoyed seeing photos from your photo archive. I remember I used to enjoy seeing all the travel photos you and Grant would take on your various adventures. xx

  2. Sometimes I go back in time on my blog and just wander through and I'm amazed at the photos that I took and things that I saw but I had totally forgotten about and it jogs my memory. I am sure all these beautiful photos of the critters jogged up a lot of memories. I'm looking at that photo of sweets Gabby's face just melted my heart he was such a beautiful dog and I remember all the photos you posted of him as he was growing up

  3. Glad to hear your healing well. Love that picture of the owl

  4. Thank you for delving into your archives - and a big hooray for healing.

  5. A lovely collection of critters and a nice trip down memory lane.I hope it wasn't too sad.

  6. Yes it is lovely looking back at photographs and you usually can remember more about that time when you see a shot. These are all lovely images and memories of your time back then. Hope you still improving. My knee has improved a lot more thsi wek and I am pleased with the progress. Was able to get out sailing in a catamaran with my daughter adn SIL on the Isle of Wight.

  7. Hello, JO,
    I love the sweet memory and photo of Eddie and Skabby running and having fun. The Stork and Starling are great sightings. My favorite are the Owl and the Kingfisher. Wonderful memories and photos. I am glad you are healing well. Take care! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Enjoy your day, have a happy new week ahead! PS, thanks so much for the comment.

  8. Hello. Beautiful dogs. Fantastic birdphotos.
    Take care.

  9. Jo ~ these are wonderful critter photos ~ favorite are the dogs ~ so sweet ^_^ ~ sending you lots of healing energy hugs ~

    Live each moment with love,
    A ShutterBug Explores

  10. Hi Jo, Some great shots from the archives. I love the two dogs running and the owl is incredible.
    Hope you are doing well, take care and stay safe.

  11. You know I like to see the memories and your bird photos are always superb. Heal quickly my friend.


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