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ALEXANDER – A Highveld Farm in the Old Transvaal

I Googled the name of my cousin Stephanus Venter, or ‘Fanie’ as we knew him and the name of our family farm ‘Alexander’. I had been trying to contact him on a mobile number that I had for him – this had been in vain. I was hoping that I could find his number on the internet. What came up however, was a post which read – ‘Farm Murders – On the Increase’, with a name in the post – ‘Fanie Venter’. With disbelief I read the post, which featured an extract from a newspaper report. It went on to ...
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Monbulk

As Spring approaches rapidly, we decided to visit friends at Monbulk and had a most delightful day. The chooks, alpacas, border collies), magpies, blackbirds, cockies, doves, ducks put on a special show for us in the lovely garden that is being preparing for the onset of the warm weather ...
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Interbeing

Defining, describing, modelling, deciphering - whatever means deployed Should fail - without tools, performance standards, where do we start? Programmed to add, subtract, linearise and build with zeroes and ones, What do we get, approximations - lines, rectangles, circles and all the variants? Cannot construct this we see! Step back, aside, gently breathing, until....we see. That it's always been there - embryonic programming. That is the reason - too close to see ...
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Pretty Rough to be a herbivore in Arusha!

Our last day's visit with Hilda to Arusha National Park made us thankful that we were shielded all round by the body of the Rav 4WD. We had just got out of the car to view the Flamingoes and were driving contentedly along when Dedrie shouted - hey! look! a Warthog chasing the Zebras, Giraffe and Wildebeest. Surely not? Then - to our dismay - we saw that we were witnessing a Wild Dog hunt - the Warthogs were actually Wild Dogs creeping along their bellies in the long grass . "Der hund begraben"!! ...
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Mikumi National Park – Tanzania

After a full day's driving from Dar-es-Salaam, arriving at the main gate at about 10 pm, we raised the ranger at the main gate who booked us into a lodge for the night. Thankfully we had at that stage given up plans for camping at one of the camp sites for the night. Next morning we drove to the 'camp site' near the Hippo Pool. We knew from the outset that this site epitomised remoteness. We had to share the camp site with all the giraffes, impala, warthogs, finches, swallows, snakes and predators in the area . Not known to us, though, was ...
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Early Spring!

Blossoms out during the first week in August! Is this a climate change phenomenon, an El Nino effect or the very dry Winter we have just had? Stradbroke Park - a favourite oval near our house in Kew. Black Wattle in full bloom - sadly, reminds me of "Blouboskraal" this time of year. The King Parrot - she was agreeable and paused for this moment! Two regular Spring visitors - safe terrain - want to avoid Gippsland in a few weeks time! Although Lil B decided on a full charge - met with disdain as these two languidly took off, circled ...
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“The Briars”

Don the 'puffer jackets', an essential requirement for heading outdoors this time of the year and head out to "The Briars" in Mt. Martha on the Mornington Peninsula! This is what Dedrie and I did last Tuesday with the Port Phillip Probus Club. It certainly was a memorable day - enjoyed by all. It all started off with an early morning drive down the freeway - in the opposite direction to the morning traffic. It was a stark reminder of days past when we battled the traffic on our way into the Melbourne CBD. The vacant concentration of drivers struck ...
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Black Rock – Coastal Walk

Our city has much to offer - all within easy reach. Discovered Black Rock again after visiting my sister Marge in the '80s. The walks along Port Phillip Bay are so well preserved and the revegetation programmes a success. For 'birding' enthusiasts - there are many surprises, from the Blue Wrens in the coastal fringe, to the Albatrosses brooding on the tiny black basalt (I think) islands Coastal walk at Black Rock - many surprises and delights along the way Banksias in bloom Heading towards the Sandringham Yacht Club along the seaweed trail Cormorants and Sea Gulls watching the human ...
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Bullying!

Bullying - much is occupying our media at the moment regarding this 'ever increasing in intensity' social phenomena. My ex-Nababeepian friends have recently touched on this not so delicate subject. Bullying seems to have become a many faceted problem in our Aussie society? Appears to be the same everywhere. Thinking back - Geez bullying was rife in my schooldays, plus a lot of sadism. An incident - never to be forgotten: Just before moving to Nababeep; at Oliver Lodge School - Standard 4. I was a lively kid, but a favourite of Mrs Park our teacher. I got too big ...
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