Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Autumnal grandeur

The driveway to my friends house at the edge of their holiday resort property


Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Papa update

 Good morning dear Blogger friends. For those who remembered when Papa, who was born at this lifestyle centre, was "evicted" by management, and how my friend, Jane and I took him to live with my brother, Phillip just a 30 minute drive from where I live, will be glad to hear that this old kitty has taken to his new life as if he was born to it. 

Cat napping on "his" armchair (note the folded arms!)

Contented cat! 


Monday, July 25, 2022

Monday a cold spell

 Good morning dear Bloggers. Once again I missed Eileen's Saturday Critters post. But here I am. Instead I'm posting from a very chilly Monday morning. 

To answer a few questions regarding the high security fence within which The Bunker nestles. This holiday accommodation is at the top end of an estate which has ten residences on it. The owners of The Bunker, have their palatial home just behind that line of conifers lining the fence. The Bunker is to the left of the gate. 

The fence is unfortunately to keep unauthorized entry out! However, the wildlife is able to enter from the other side of the estate which is bordered by a river cascading down from the mountains. Deer, rabbits and monkeys run free on the property. 

The Bunker is very popular as it is safc, quiet and totally private. People enjoy the fact that their children can play on the very large lawn while still in sight of the parents sitting on the patio. It's pet friendly and regularly occupied for this reason as well. 

The Bunker at the far end of a large patio which flows onto a very, vcry spacious lawn behind me as I took the photo

Last week I had a young European couple who seem to be professional travellers. They have toured 76 countries in their short lives. They travelled through Namibia, Zambia, Botswana and Lesotho before coming across the Free State to the Central Drakensberg last week. 

They checked in on Monday afternoon. That evening he asked me if I knew of suitable hiking areas in the Central Drakensberg. Many of my readers may remember how Grant and I hiked with a club when we first arrived in the Valley in 2017. I was able to link my guests (who turned out to be professional climbers too) to the leader of the club.

My friend, Caroline, who met them that day,  told me that these two young people urged everyone on the hike to let their friends know about the wonderful accommodation, The Bunker. They waxed lyrical about the attention to detail : chocolates on the towels; a large chocolate and welcome note on the table; the Continental breakfast and the fact that I, the hostess had arranged for them to meet up with a group of strong, local and friendly hikers. (Gaelyn will relate here...) 

I thought of cropping their heads (for anonymity) but that would remove the beautiful Champagne Castle and Cathkin Peaks behind them. Instead I used the vignette function


Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Winter gazing

    Good morning dear Blogger friends; as mentioned in my Monday post, I have been rather busy with my different jobs / side hustles. Not least, The Bunker holiday accommodation.  Last week while waiting for guests who were checking out to open the gate for me, I took this photo below. 


Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Georgy has been named

 Good morning Blogger friends.  Last month I posted how I received a rescue kitten which my neighbor had found on the farm road. At the time the kitty had not been named; I didn't   know its gender; I still don't know... My friend, Caroline took one look at the little cat and said, Georgy is a good name. No matter what it turns out to be, Georgy will suit. 

Well, Georgy has settled in wonderfully and is wreaking havoc with all his/her energy. The big cats have accepted the new kitty although Missy dishes out hefty swipes when Georgy  gets under her skin. Mama tussles has quite rough tussles  with Georgy.  I remember when she played with Missy in this manner. That was way back in 2018! 

A pensive attitude belies the energetic dashing about, climbing curtains 
and hurling that tiny body into open cupboards
Georgy sleeping on Skabby's donut in a sun puddle

Curled up on Mum's bed with two aunts


Monday, July 18, 2022

No excuse!

 Good morning dearest Blogger friends. I have no excuse (except work, work and more work) that I've not been on Blogger. However, here I am back again! 

In between, Skabby and I manage to take a walk on the farm. 

A newborn calf with mama
No matter the icy water, Skabby has a swim! 
Is this a good pose for your blog, Mum? 
This young lad is facing off the Sacred Ibis from a free meal!
Me and my dog watching the cows