Finding Your Place

After spending fifty-five years of my life farming these paddocks,


caring for sheep and cattle and

cropping each paddock in its turn…


I found the quietness of the African bush

very similar to that of Western Victoria.



It wasn’t until we arrived in Perth for a few days,

12 hours behind the scheduled,

and without any decent sleep for two nights

that I appreciated the South African velds

and realised just how quiet it was.


Perth is supposed to be a fairly quiet, laid back city.

However, I will never forget

our noisy introduction to Perth traffic.

Although much quieter than Melbourne and Sydney,

Perth made me realise how the open expanses

of Western Victoria and the

South African Velds were the place I wanted to be.

Even Botswana’s Lekhubu Island,

without any amenities at all,

was a charming place to camp for a night.

So they are MY places…not in the middle of a crowd.


DP_Discover Challenge: Finding-Your-Place

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Vibrant-Colours


My contribution for this week’s

Vibrant Colours


Some African birds.


Red Breasted Weaver,

sighted in Botswana.

crimson skrike_0512A

Crimson Breasted Shrike…also

sighted in Botswana.


Lilac-breasted roller.  Yep, Botswana…

although we were first introduced

to them in South Africa’s Kruger Park.





Black and White Challenge:

Circles Curves


The Okavango Delta provided me with inspiration this week.


A bend or curve ion the river.


Similar for the track.


Almost a circle of elephants.


Finally, some more bends/curves in the river.


Cee’s Black & White Challenge:Circles-CurvesBlack_White






Blyde River Canyon at Bourke’s Luck Potholes.


Caused by erosion and not a great photo,

this depicts previous faces of

Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe

as it works its way upstream.


A Photo a Week Challenge: Cut by a River


Travel Theme-Sport




Travel Theme.


While in Botswana  in 2014 we were introduced to the sport of

Impala Dung Spitting.

(I decided to be politically correct with the title)

Each contestant must finds his, or her,

own piece of impala dung before they can compete.

There is a lot of skill involved in the selection process alone.

Too fresh is not good.  Dung needs to dry a bit.

Too old is too light and lots of sucking must be done

to re-hydrate it the optimal spitting weight.

So probably it is best to come along about

a week after the impala…if you get my drift.

Our guides demonstrated.

The apprentice went first.
Sport_0317Note the stance.Sport_N1864aKnees bent.

Leaning back to gain maximum trajectory.

Sport_0317aBreath in….(through your nose),

then in one swift movement…

Sport__0319lock your knees straight….
Sport_0321raise yourself onto your toes

for added height and distance…

 Sport_0317bAND at the same time  curl your tongue

around the projectile and exhale…through one’s mouth!

Sport_0322Finally have your pellet spotter…

mark your pellet.

Sport_0326Now the master’s turn.

Note the slightly different style.

Weight initially transferred to the back foot…


Still slightly bent knees..

Sport_0330arms raised to help with trajectory.


and after a quick transference of weight

from back to front foot,

it’s pellets away…
Sport_1863ausing the rear leg for balance as the body leans

forward to gain trajectory and distance.

Sport_0334One this day the apprentice out spat his master.


 However, I think a draw would have been appropriate…

Sport_0336as you will notice that there is one guest…

Sport_0337walking directly into the line of spit.

Sport_0338This would be off-putting enough to put anyone

off their best spitting performance.

 We could possibly turn this  into an Olympic,

certainly an international event.

Sheep produce spit-able pellets,

as do rabbits and many other animals.

Just think of the headline

South Africa versus Australia

in the Dung Spitting test.


Where’s My Backpack:Sport



Travel Theme-Pastel




Travel Theme.



African Lilac Breasted Roller

is my pastel subject this week.


When I first sighted the Roller it was just another bird

 against a hot sunny South African sky.

High up in a tree my red and green colour vision loss

did not allow my eyes to see the colours.


It was not until I arrived home and saw the photos

on my computer that I appreciated its colours.

Although at nearly ground level and only 30-40 metres away,

the colours of this Roller were much easier to see

when sighted in Botswana’s Okavango Delta region

the following year.


Where’s My Backpack: Pastel