Monthly Archives: October 2013


Prawnatic An oceanographer, one sunny day, Decided to study the prawn; Developing quite an obsession that way, Took pictures from breaking of dawn To late in the night, And still got it right To get, on the Net, A lot … Continue reading

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Six Word Story Challenge: The Weather: No Golf

Figments of a Dutchess: Write a story about the WEATHER in just six words. Let a photo or image inspire you to write a story. Or first write the story, and then make or search for a picture to go with … Continue reading

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  THE FRIENDLY COCKROACH Hi there! I’m Cocky – I’m a roach… Why do you shrink at my approach? Why is it you don’t like me moach? Why don’t you want me here? I’m inexpensive to maintain: Odd scraps; for … Continue reading

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Take two.  I couldn’t resist the temptation to do another Halloweensie version as one of my Really Awful Rhymes.  It was fun turning the mood around from the last line of the second stanza onwards.   It was the night … Continue reading

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Spooky Black Cat Cackle

  Children’s writer Susanna Leonard Hill is running ‘The 3rd Annual HALLOWEENSIE CONTEST‘, and Nancy Hatch suggested I should join her in going for it: ‘The Contest: write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (title not included in … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon – with intrusions

Isn’t it strange how I kept getting de tails added to my sploshy foreground? Sorry, this is the best I can do with zoomed stills on my Handycam.  Without a tripod, the other cameras wiggle too much. © Colonialist October … Continue reading

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Travel Theme: Stone – Giving the Finger.

With Ailsa’s Travel Theme currently carved in stone, I was cursing I didn’t notice it when doing the Ginger William post below, featuring Mukurob – the Finger of God.  Too good to miss, though, and there is one picture in my 1975 series … Continue reading

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Ginger WIlliam of Orange (ix)

(See sidebar for Translator, Music, Novels, Awards etc.)  Previous instalment links: (Map) (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) (vi) (vii) (viii) (Boxing Day 1974 saw Much Better Half and I setting off from Durban on ‘rideabout’ in our Combi Camper ‘Cambi’ … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Glimpses of a Durban Park.

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Wild Weekend

The pictures in my previous post were, in fact, taken at St Lucia Estuary and Mfolozi Game Reserve respectively.  We had an opportunity to spend a couple of nights at St Lucia village, and travelled there on Friday.  St Lucia … Continue reading

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