Anti-Colonialist Antics and Antipathy, Bikes, and Lots of Water


The past weekend started with swimming self at home and then we all shot off to young Js swimming lesson. From there it was to the Pavilion Mall, where I splashed out on a new cycle computer. After lunch we loaded the bikes, plus Much Better Halfs old Raleigh which I have fixed up again and also fitted with a computer. Not that MBH intends to use it, but Younger Daughter did, and after years and years of not riding proved the old saying that you dont forget how. I rode down to the valley, and managed to get up to 47 KPH on the relatively short downhill, nearly beating the rest in the car. Then we did a few kilometres of circuits and bumps. Young J is still a tad insecure on a bike but, after being persuaded, once she got going she didnt want to stop.

There was more swimming back at home, and I got stuck into trying to feed WiFi from my cottage router to a dongle in the main house. While I was crawling under a table in the front room where Younger Daughers computer is housed, I got covered in a number of tiny but vicious ants. Normally I dont have anything to do with poisons, but for this nasty little bunch I made an exception and said devoutly, Let us spray!

Can you believe it, but at about two in the morning I woke up to a most unpleasant sensation and turned the light on to discover that the upper part of my body was covered in ants that were forming a procession up my bed near the head and onto my pillow. MBH next to me was totally unaffected. Sheer coincidence, or had the cottage ants received a message from the house-nest survivors to organise a revenge party? Anyway, I didnt have any ant-icide handy, but zapped them with lots of talcum powder.

On Sunday we were entertaining a friend on her birthday, and decided to take her and her two children to the Point Yacht Club part of Durban Watersports Club. The wind was a bit fierce, but the kids loved the little waves. We took a couple of my belly boards with us.  I found I had left my costume at home, but was able to borrow the sons (for a 13-14 age boy, which was a tight but just possible fit), went out quite far, and surfed merrily back again.  Being dumped back on the beach put the costume under a bit of strain, though.

Then the wind and sun got a bit much, so we drove back to the harbour part and went for lunch at Royal Natal Yacht Club on the Esplanade. Kids swam in that pool, but I abstained. Back home, more swimming. It is a wonder our kids arent totally waterlogged.

© March 2017 Colonialist
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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.
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22 Responses to Anti-Colonialist Antics and Antipathy, Bikes, and Lots of Water

  1. dunelight says:

    The road through the trees on the bikes looks so inviting. The story of the ants though is kinda creepy.

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  2. Royal Natal Yacht Club
    Is this a left over from the British Empire days?

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    • colonialist says:

      You could say so — they received their royal charter in 1891. Since then they have had many notable achievements, amongst which are having us honour them with our presence in many of their regattas, and also in their various munching and imbibing areas when we feel like a break from our own club, Point, a short distance away. There is reciprocity, which is handy.

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  3. The pictures are very inviting…as we are longing for Summer 🙂 Ants can be very persistent and annoying. Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend 🙂 ❤

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  4. Never mind waterlogged (not a prob), I’m exhausted reading that.

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  5. The ants clearly heard your prayer.

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  6. equinoxio21 says:

    Cinnamon is a perfect deterrent for ants. In powder form. 🙂

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  7. disperser says:

    What life is all about . . .

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  8. That first photo looks idyllic! In fact, your whole weekend sounds idyllic – except, of course, for the ants

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