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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.

A Green Wholeheartedly on Two Hemispheres.


The current photo challenge invites one to show that It IS Easy Being Green! Absolutely.  All I had to do for these three illustrations of the point was to travel to the UK in winter, where things remain green regardless, and to … Continue reading

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Durban has a Smoking Problem …


A warehouse in the valley over the two parallel hills most of Durban’s Bluff comprises got all fired up with enthusiasm.  The pall of smoke was most impressive even from home, so after picking youngest granddaughter up from school we … Continue reading

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American andiron …


(Like a log she likes to sleep — Heaven help a chimney-sweep!) © March 2017 Colonialist

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Things are all Sweetness and Flight


Following up on my guavadilla post, here is how to set about exploiting the fruit. A pointy teaspoon is ideal for scooping away from the sides to extract pulp and pips without disturbing the spiky pith (which is still OK to eat, but … Continue reading

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Democratic Party Policy is to Deny Truth


The recent debacle with Helen Zille remarking that some good things did come out of colonialism, thus causing a storm of infantile denial of what should be seen as a self-evident fact, is a sad reflection of how political expediency creates … Continue reading

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Green Female and Blackmail


Wordle 291 Not easy to make any sense out of using all the words in the given order, while also creating a rhyme, this week!   In green ball gown she rings the bell; After admittance, a penguin-suited Waiter will lead her … Continue reading

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Atop or at the Foot – RIP Peta


Atop, as the latest photo challenge, has made the picture I found of Peta the budgie, who departed life this evening, rather apt.  Peter was donated to us by young R’s preschool in 2011 after he had been retired from active service there … Continue reading

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