A Rhinoceros at the Pool

Pools and schools have figured largely in my life just lately. Take yesterday: in the morning was R’s prizegiving event at her school, and after that we shot off to get my Yacht Club (on the edge of a pretty big pool called Durban Bay) tag updated. Then there was a trip to a nursery to get some more plants for the ongoing garden replanting exercise including round the pool. Then, in the afternoon, we had to pick R up from a friend’s house and go to J’s school for her Monkeynastics prizegiving and display. Then, a notice came up on R’s school communicator – with only a few hours’ notice there was an evening compulsory gala for Swimming Squad, so it was back across town. Pity the schools are quite a distance from home and from one another!

It was our wedding anniversary, and today is Much Better Half’s birthday, but there hasn’t been much of a chance to do much about either. Champagne did figure on tonight’s menu, though.

Anyway, another pool visited was the edge of the Indian Ocean after I picked J up from school, where we each found a cowrie, and later this afternoon was R’s normal swimming lesson at 16h30. On the way out of the pool area I encountered this impressive not-so-little fellow and posed him for a portrait.


Rhinoceros beetle


I had another furiously buzzing spade-headed beetle bomb me just before I started this, but that picture will have to wait. At this rate, I’ll be replaying all the old Beatles numbers, just to get in the mood. I have been listening to Handel’s Water Music on the car player, as it happens, so that sorts the pool part.

© December 2016 Colonialist (WordPress)

About colonialist

Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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13 Responses to A Rhinoceros at the Pool

  1. libraschild says:

    never found a cowrie ever! having a bit of a lazy day mentally (I’d like to loll around in lazy ginger cat fashion) congrats to better half!


  2. Pussycat44 says:

    The “normal nutter” more busy than NORMAL? Congrats on all the achievement, anniversaries and birthdays.


  3. de Wets Wild says:

    Congratulations on all the birthdays, anniversaries and prizes!


  4. What a gorgeous beetle, and aptly named: I’m one of those people that like beetles and spiders and creepy things except of the cockroach variety.
    Love that music too, not the greatest but right up there, often put Handels works on my player thingy.


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