Wednesday, 25 July 2012

July almost over

What a miserable month July is. All the trees have lost their leaves and the grass is brown. And being africa, almost every day there are patches of grass that have been set alight. This leaves huge patches of black in an already depressing landscape. In Johannesburg where I live we have a summer rain season, so apart from being extremely miserable due to the landscape, we also are suffering from horrid static. Taking off clothing causes a minor lightening show and the poor cats are having bad hair days almost every day.

Okay that's it for whining.

Work is. See that almost sounds like whining again. oh well.

Stitching is going well and there is an exciting quilt show on the weekend.
Last weekend we went to a cat and dog show. We have been visalating between getting a Maine coon or an oriental after our white kitty past away last year after being with us for 15 years. Well last year just after she died we went to the same show and my husband really wanted one of those naked cats. (Sphinx). This year however once again the Maine coons are at the top of the list. It is such a big descision deciding who is going to join our family. The problem is that we have 2 spoilt monsters and we would hate for them to feel anything other than special. We will wait and see who actually comes to live with us.

The youngest is writing exams. This sounds fine except that the kids are supposed to be picked up after they have finished writing. This is fun as I have to dash out of work to pick her up and then dash home so that I can connect and then work from there. Thank goodness I can actually work from home, though it does cause extra stress of having to prove that work is happening.

Well let me get back to doing some work, though sitting at work all you have to do is prove that your butt is in your chair.

Have a good one.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Birds Wintering in our garden

Here are a few pics of the birds that are wintering at our house. We added a fruit station and some new birds came to visit.


Have a good one

Monday, 2 July 2012

July is here and so is winter

July in all it's dullness is here and is horrid as ever. Living in deepest, we really only have two months when it gets really chilly and due to this fact, our houses are not insulated and we always sleep with the windows open. (mostly so that our cats can get in and out of our bedroom). Well when winter arrives our house is miserable. We tend to hibernate with dinner being eaten and then retiring to watch telly cuddled under the quilt. I like that bit about winter. The cats too are really affectionate, this too is a plus. On the other side however, the grass is all yellow, there are no leaves on the trees and everything is so dry that static has taken over the world.
In winter we also feed the birds that did not pop off for their european vacation. We seem to have at least 100 birds that come abd eat at the seed station. We also have 2 Ibisus which we call hardy dahs which live in the garden and stay need the pool. Well seeing as they are meat eaters we have been feeding them cat biscuits with inner gravy. They really seem to enjoy the biscuits. The funny thin is that they seem to be getting an extremely healthy shine on their feathers, so whatever the manufacturers of the add to make cats coats shine also works on birds. We feed our cats really larny cat food that will allow them to live until they are ancient, and the food that we feed the Ibusus is really not expensive. The 1 cat loooves the cheapo food, I think he thinks it is fast food.

I got my bolt of s28 arctic white so now I am all set to be able to do the whole of the dear jane in the same stunning colour. The only problem with having white as a background is that the orange cat draps the red soil from outside and deposits it on the quilt. On saturday the irish chain required 2 sessions through the washing machine to get rid of the evidence of where he snuggles up at night.

Progress on the Dear Jane is as follows:

Stay well and keep warm.

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