Monthly Archives: January 2016

Weekly Photo Challenge: Vibrant Rollers

A submission to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Vibrant

Looking for all the world like a young child has coloured in a picture of a bird. The Lilac Breasted Roller – the most vibrant of birds!
We have seen a number of these birds on Safari in the Serengeti and Chobe Game Reserves- but they live locally too – though I have yet to see one in the garden.

UK 50K

Soon this blog will celebrate it’s second anniversary. Over this time people from all over the world have paid a visit.

Recently a milestone was reached in that 50000 views from the UK, out of a total number of views just under 75000 from just over 17000 visitors.

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The map shows visits from across the globe with a few gaps. The redder the colour the more views.  The top 25 viewers are listed below. My old home and my new home feature strongly ahead of the US,Canada and Australia, with a swathe of European countries punctuated by mostly British Commonwealth.

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The white areas have yet to visit including Cuba, Guyana, South Sudan, Cote D’Ivoire, Somalia, Chad, Niger, Lesotho, Montenegro, Moldova, Kyrgysztan, Afghanistan among others.

There are discrepancies, in that visits from Mauritania, Iran and Uruguay have not been recorded as views although visits have occured (as shown at the side of this page).

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Recent newcommers are Republic of Congo and the Cayman Islands.

To all those who’ve visited ,even if only once, thank you for coming.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Vibrant Garden

A response to this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Vibrant

The climate here ensures that vibrancy remains within our garden throughout the year. Here is a selection of our vibrant garden.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Optimistic (The Optimism of Youth)

A submission to this week’s photo challenge: Optimistic

This picture taken almost 35 years ago on holiday in the then Yugoslavia (or possibly Austria).  

 What was I thinking way back then what hopes and dreams did I have.  I recall at that age the idea of being an Oceanographer appealed. I’d given up the pre-teens ambition of being a zoo keeper when I realised all it entailed. I certainly had a yearning to travel and in that sense my optimism has been fulfilled 35 years on as I am living and working in Africa. 


No Need For Alarm

At about 6:30am we are woken by an alarm. Nothing unusual other than the fact that this alarm is not inside but outside the house. A unusual combination of cat and birdeach day.

The white browed robin chat singing it’s heart out at the very top of its volume – intricate tweets and warbles. Below this literally our cat Peper approaches the bedroom window , bell jingling, claws scratching at the mesh, plaintive mews calling to come in after a night on the tiles.

Click here to hear

On a weekday this is great, not so the weekend!

Rain Rain Go Away!

They’re called the short rains – they last from November until late December. So by all accounts they should be over by now, except they’re not. 

It doesn’t rain all the time in the rainy season – we’ve had some good days, but when it rains it pours torrents.   

 Today it torrented down for over an hour, washing away the roads as they turned to rivers. 

 In the aftermath vehicles were trapped in potholes and abandoned until eventually levered out.   


Most roads here are mud, compacted but vulnerable to the torrents which turn once flat roads into a network of dips and chasms. Cars must weave through the roads taking the best possible path.  

 Interestingly today’s worst route may become tomorrow’s route of choice as the roads erode further.  There is no immediate sign of repair and to do so in the rains would be an exercise in futility, but day by day they become more and more difficult to navigate, victims of El Niño. 

The long rains are supposed to come later and should last from March until May. At this rate the rains could well merge into one!

Note: Not all photos were taken today but are indicative  of today’s weather.

Sunny Sunbird Sunday

 A Sunny Sunday afternoon in the garden with added Sunbirds.