The weather was pleasantly steamy over the weekend, and I was in the pool as soon as I got up.
The grandchildren have been missing their mother while she spent a work-related week in Japan, and were literally counting the days to her return on Sunday. On Saturday morning, though, their father took total custody while Much Better Half and I went to set up the Durban and Coast Horticultural Society/Garden Judges’ stand at the Botanical Society’s Indigenous Plant Fair. As previously, we featured a looped slideshow of prize gardens in the area, with a background musical accompaniment of various extracts from my compositions. A vast number of plants were for sale as usual – it is quite amazing to see the variety in our indigenous species. With the perfect weather, the buying public turned up in droves.
A stall near us had fascinating information on bats – one doesn’t realise how utterly vital they are in keeping insect populations under control. Australia/Malaysia have a variety that is serious indeed about being a bat. With the scary and totally misleading name of Pteropus Vampyrus (it is a fruit eater) this Flying Fox has wingspans of up to two metres!
Another neighbouring stall featured frogs. The bullfrog below is our largest local species – though not found on our coast – and had a body fully the size of my hand.
A further swim was enjoyed on reaching home.
When locking up for the night, I had a tree-frog jump out at me from underneath Toby-Border-Collie in a corner of the kitchen. No, I do not intend to bother my brain with how he got there and why. Anyway, I persuaded him to let me take these pictures of him on my hand.
More swimmy weather on Sunday, and I had a quick plunge before we shot off early to the airport for the longed-for return. We met up with the family and kids of the girl who had gone with YD to Japan, and all of us breakfasted at Spur while the kids clambered around in the Spur ‘Canyon’. At under R20 for two eggs, bacon, mushroom, tomato, toast, jam, and bottomless coffee, that meal was excellent value.
Then came the great moment of emerging from the flight, and two little girls were ecstatic. Especially when presents were doled out later! We still have to hear all the details of the Japanese adventure.
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