Since moving into our new temporary home, I’ve noticed some beautiful flowers parading through the summer season and felt the need to share them with you. I have no idea what half the flowers’ names are, but hope you’ll enjoy looking at them as much as I do!
Now this flower is part of a creeper that has attacked most of the plants in the garden. It’s found its way around trees, over walls and through fences. I’m tempted to nickname it Terminator!
It may be a weed, it may just be that it’s enthusiasm makes it spread its beautiful foliage across the hostas and bulbs, but this pretty flower has brightened the garden and shown off its bright pinks through rain and sun.
I’ve decided to include the crazy mushroom circles I found in the open field across from the house. I’m guessing a fairy ring is to blame for this phenomenon, though sadly, I haven’t seen a fairy yet.
My lavender pots are trying very hard to brighten the dull door to our home! I’m convincing the Hubble that we need more pots to help brighten the entranceway. I think you’ll see a few more additions in the next few weeks.
Well, those are the only pics I’ve taken so far. Join me again for another tour of my new garden.
Bye for now!
The adventure continues. Here are a few pics from the Lion and Cheetah Park.
As you enter the park, you are greeted by the sight of one of the big five: the regal lion!
Within touching distance of these great creatures, we held our breath when one of the females decided to move to a cooler spot, closer to our car! Everyone was hissing at me to close my window, but I had to capture her relaxing, curled like a kitten.
This is Leo, a South African white lion. His partner, Lola, is expecting Cubs in the next four months. Apparently white lions are far more ferocious than our brown maned locals.
Meet Tommy. He’s over 300 years old and has be the longest resident at the park.
These little guys are already six months old. We are hoping to return one day to see them all grown up, probably not as large as Tommy though!
We were driving around the game park, hoping to catch a glimpse of just one giraffe and instead we’re blessed with a view of four giraffe, zebras, Impala, wild boar and an ostrich.
Hidden in the bush next to the car were two zebra. I screeched, “Stop! Stop the car!”
Meanwhile, just ahead on the dirt road was a herd of buffalo. Everyone else could see the buffalo but no-one had noticed the zebra by my window!
We were always told to be wary of the buffalo. I don’t know how true this is but, if you see one separating from the herd, move away. It’s usually the alpha telling the rest to stampede or attack!
I hope you liked our trip to the Lion and Cheetah Park. Unfortunately the four resident cheetah were poisoned a few years ago and some of the other animals had died from old age. I hope they do get a chance to replace them as the animals are very well looked after in their own large enclosures where there is less of a chance of them being hunted and killed. Freedom is always the best option, but in a world where few things are preserved and respected, maybe it’s better for them to be in a game park.
I couldn’t resist participating in Hugh’s Photo Challenge as the theme was in keeping with Valentine’s Day. Hugh posts a challenge each week, adding a special touch with his own photo on the theme and the story behind it.
Here is my contribution:
A gingerbread man with a heart might not reflect love, but it’s the memory of it that makes it so special. This little gingerbread man was made by my children over Christmas last year. So much time and effort went into his shape, decoration and taste, and it was the pride of the bunch.
We have always wanted to make a lovely gingerbread house, and we plan on building on our baking skills to that end.
He was the start of something new for our Christmas tradition, something to replace the empty moments my mum filled with her presence and love.
So, there’s a lot of love and memories in that little gingerbread man!
Don’t forget to check out Hugh’s challenge and maybe post your own picture.
Thanks for reading.
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