Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Kitty journalist no more...

 My dear Blogger friends, it has taken me a week to come to terms with a terrible loss. Last Tuesday night, dear Ambrose, my neutered cat was killed by feral cats. I am shattered. 

Ever since moving to the farm almost four years ago, Ambrose has been a free spirit. He had the run of the farm yard, visiting the dairy regularly and, as many of you will remember, spending  the sunny days on the lawn watching the cows while lying nestled in between Skabby's paws. 

Then he'd revert to being a house cat and stay indoors for a while, annexing my bed and curling up with Missy. 

Ambrose asleep on my bed with Missy the night before I lost him

Last Tuesday evening, he came in for a snack and a few minutes later asked to be let out. As he always did. He would sleep on the cushioned patio chair under the tablecloth. Next morning he would be on the doormat, watching the sun rise. This particular night he went out and unbeknown to me, he left the garden and obviously met up with the feral cats. 

Next morning he hadn't come in. Eryn, my oldest granddaughter, who is staying with me, asked the dairy staff if they had seen Ambrose. They pointed to the paddock beyond the milking shed where she found our precious boy.

My dear Ambrose, whom I rescued as a kitten in 2010 when we lived in Kenya. 

He was mischievous. He had character. He was a great kitty journalist. 


Saturday, April 10, 2021

Once again...

 ... I have been absent from Blogger, but here I am again!

Life has been rather busy with our holiday season which meant many guest bookings for me. In addition I have taken over the "big" family holiday home which is under new ownership and which,  this time, is a lot easier to manage. 

Skabby and I have had a few early morning walks, catching the glint of the sun on the birds.

Cattle egret warming itself in the early morning sun
Sacred Ibis glowing in the early morning rays 
Back home in the farm office, I have a resident spider in my tea station 

An Amethyst Sunbird male drinking from a canna bloom in my garden

The Central Drakensberg has been spectacularly beautiful this autumn 
Nyati Valley Guest House - my ten sleeper holiday accommodation
Sundowner patio with a view (of the mountains pictured above this) . The new owner, Mark and his fiancé, Sue have already made great improvements to the house. The accommodation is pet friendly too 

I've had back-to-back bookings for my beautiful two sleeper unit, The Bunker 

I'm linking to Saturday Critters with Eileen here


Saturday, March 20, 2021

Ambrose' turn

 Hello to all Mum's Blogger friends. This is Ambrose and at last I have a turn to post. Mum has been soooo busy but luckily for us she is home most of the time with that busy-ness. 

Kitties always like a box. Mum put this carton on the lawn to be thrown out. I posed beautifully for her to take a photo 

Chappie asleep in Mum's linen 
Missy relaxing on TOP of the linen which Thandiwe has already ironed 
Skaby lies against Mum's bed 
Mama looks very stern; I am afraid of her...

As you can see, the Hedges pets are all very well and happy

All in a day's walk

 Good evening dear Blogger friends. I am here on the DAY. As always Skabby and I have managed a few walks despite the ongoing rain.

It always fascinates me to see a calf with different markings to its mother 

This calf was from a different cow - one with brown markings 

A man passed us on his most prized possession - his bicycle (see a dog in the grass) 
A brown cow on the other banks of the dam looks towards me and Skabby
Above the cow several Sacred Ibis took to the air
Cattle egret in the lush green grass 
Grey Heron on the opposite bank of the dam 
I loved the reflection in the water

Back home I photographed this critter in my bathroom before carrying it outdoors to safety. I'm not sure what it is...

I'm linking to Saturday Critters with Eileen here


Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Its taken me three days!

 Good evening dear Blogger friends. I have been trying to get this post up since Saturday 13 March!

However, here I am and I hope I am still able to link with Eileen's Saturday Critter post. As always, no matter what is forfeited, Skabby and I go for our daily walk. Last week we had several days where we got out early - 6.30am.

Early morning walk on the farm - who can ask for more? 
Sir Skabby plodging to his heart's content...
...with a good shake as he gets out
Cattle Egret in breeding plumage sitting on the dairy gate . I loved that I managed to get the bokeh effect in the photo. I should have gotten the feet in, but you can't have everything! 
My little cottage garden in the early morning 

An Amethyst Sunbird, female enjoying the fruits of the Tecamaria blooms in the early morning sun 

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

Sunday, February 28, 2021

The Hedges KItties

 Good evening to Mum's blogger friends. This is Ambrose and at last I have a turn to post about we kitties in the house. Skabby, the dog has happily been on a walk, so Mum will post about him later.

Chappie and Missy sit in the garden and watch birds
When Mama isn't in the bedroom, I catch a catnap on Mum's bed 
Mama always looks very stern; I am afraid of her

So all is well in the Hedges Kitty Household! 

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Visitors in the garden

 Good afternoon dear Blogger friends. It's been raining, raining and raining some more this week. The result is Skabby and I cannot get out for a walk, Not at all.

I delved back into my archives and found photos to post today. At the bottom of my garden is a shed where calves are sometimes held to gain mass. Noy for any dire reasons, but that they are in condition when they join the older cows who graze all day and are milked twice daily.

One morning a few months ago, I walked out onto my veranda to see two calves grazing on my lawn and in my vegetable garden. Skabby was just about to chase them but I called him and he came in immediately. 

As you see, Skabby was coming indoors (not willingly I might add!) and the calves were still in the garden 
Quite at home nibbling the tasty shoots in my garden

Gavin, the farmer, arranged for the farm hands to shoo the calves back through the hole they'd made in the fence and repair it. 

I miss our walks as much as Skabby does . While browsing through my pictures, I came across this series of photos of him swimming in the dam.

A happy dog!

I'm linking to Saturday Critters with Eileen here


Sunday, February 21, 2021

Hedges animal world intact

 Good morning to Mum's Blogger friends; this is Ambrose with a post about the Hedges kitties and dog.

As always we're very well cared for, loved, fed and housed. Although, I must say, I have slept outdoors on the veranda for a L O N G time now. It's very hot and every night I ask Mum to let me out and I sleep on a patio cushioned chair. Under the folds of the tablecloth.

During the day I like to rule the roost by sitting on Mum's new fridge or posing like a lion on the kitchen floor. 

I, Ambrose with my bossy look 

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Our first walk in a week!

 Good afternoon dear Blogger friends. After the heavy rains in the first two weeks of February, it was impossible for me to walk along the farm roads. Skabby would have been fine but he needs me with him. 

Great excitement at 7am today: We went out for our first walk since last Saturday. 

Skabby elated that we're on the road again! 
We passed two little boys who had brought "skaftin" : lunchbox for their mom who works in the diary 

As we approached the dam, I told Skabby heel. I didn't want him plunging in as he always does because there was a family of Egytptian geese swimming at the far end (My dog is very obedient; he bounded off to the other side of the road to sniff at exciting things in the long grass while Mum took photos) 

Father goose (gander) at the rear watching for danger; Mother goose ahead and the seven goslings swimming ahead of their parents 
I zoomed in on one adventurous gosling. He had to swim upstream! 

When I saw the parents guiding their offspring towards the reeds,  I called Skabby who dived into the dam on the near side. They didn't even notice him! 

I'm linking to Saturday Critters with Eileen, here


Tuesday, February 16, 2021

70 and no celebration

 Dear Blogger friends. Thank you for the wonderful wishes from you all. 

The one person who always shared my birthday week, was Grant, now gone these past three years and three months. 

Today, had he lived, he would have been 70.

I remember his 60th : we were living in Kenya, in the Great Rift Valley. If you click on this link here, you will see the great montage I created for Grant. Below is just one of the interesting images from that blog post.

Bedouin Grant Hedges on an odyssey in West Africa 

When we retired to the Central Drakensberg, Grant was involved in the weekly Parkrun; he had a building project which was a week off completion when he passed away and he hiked in the mountains with friends. 

Grant and friend, Ant Muirhead chatting before a hike into the mountains 

Central Drakensberg 2017

May you be at rest now, dear Grant

I'm linking to Our World Tuesday here

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Ambrose blogging at last

 Good morning to Mum's blog friends; this is Ambrose at last. Mum has been sooooo busy at the computer that I have just lain on the fridge top and looked down on her desk. 

All is well with the Hedges Kitties and doggy. Skabby is regalated to the veranda during the day because his paws get wet from the grass and he messes the floors. 

What's that Mum? Oh RE - LA- GA- TED to the veranda. Below is the photo of him looking in while Mama sits on a small stool and looks out.

Mama looks out at Skabby looking in 

Chappy lies on the lawn watching birds...
Missy likes to relax on Mum's bed sometimes

I, Ambrose am the guard cat!