Category: South Africa

I had one new email in my inbox. It was from Martie. She had moved to Knysna after the death of her husband 3 months ago. We had been coworkers for 2 years and we have exchanged a few emails trying to stay in contact. I clicked on the email and stared at the words … “promise you won’t tell anyone, I have exciting news, promise or I won’t share it with you!
I felt like I had no choice, held to ransom, I played along. “I promise not to tell anyone, now go ahead and tell me the news” I typed in. As I clicked on send, my mind wondered what news could this be, my mind drew a blank.
Attie is the same age as Martie and myself and we always joked and enjoyed working together. Martie left after the death of her husband and Attie and I see each other at work daily but it is just brief exchanges to do with work.
As I read her response I suddenly felt nauseas. “Attie came and visited me last week when he was on leave and we are interested in seeing more of each other, some people in the office suspect it and are teasing him about it, will you tease him and make him blush?
Seeing that I made a promise of silence I replied “no, I will say nothing”.
The following day I received another email from Martie “did you tease him today, what did he say?” I had not seen Attie all day and I avoided going to his section, the thought of them having a relationship was just too much info for me and made me feel queasy. Maybe I am too sensitive.
Two weeks went by and Friday morning I get another email, “I am meeting Attie at Warmbaths this weekend. He is great to talk to, he is very caring.
I feel ill. I am not sure if it is because it is so soon after the death of her husband, who died very suddenly from cancer, or whether it is the thought that Attie might be taking advantage of her vulnerability.
Saturday, I get a new email it is a photo of them at the swimming pool. I can see Attie’s bare shoulders in the photo … (I want to puke) just too much info.
Why do you think Martie is doing this to me? One reason I think, is that she wants me to tell all the women at work that Attie is seeing her and is no longer free, but she wants me to tell everyone it is a SECRET!

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Oscar Pistorius Verdict


“If convicted of premeditated murder, Pistorius faces a mandatory life sentence, meaning he will be behind bars for 25 years before he can be considered for parole.

Masipa can also convict Pistorius of murder but without explicit premeditation, a lesser crime that still carries up to 20 years in jail. The sentence can be reduced on presentation of “substantial and compelling” circumstances.

If Masipa is not convinced of Pistorius’s intent to kill, he could still be jailed for culpable homicide based on negligent or reckless discharge of his 9mm pistol into the toilet door.

Culpable homicide carries a maximum of 15 years behind bars.

Alternatively, Masipa could accept Pistorius’s primary argument of “putative self-defence” – meaning that he fired into the door because he genuinely believed his life to be in danger from a perceived intruder – and acquit him.

In addition to the murder charge, Pistorius is accused of three lesser weapons offences: One count of illegal possession of ammunition and two counts of discharging a firearm in a public place.”

If you want to refresh your memory read this-

I’m not sure what time the verdict will be released, so I am going to post three helpful links which you can check for details on the verdict.


The last time I blogged about mousebirds / muisvoels I got a good response in the comments section. I know very little about them except that they are insect eaters and as you can see in the photos taken this morning they love to perch with their stomachs facing the sun.





Info from Wikipedia : Mousebirds are gregarious, again reinforcing the analogy with mice, and are found in bands of about 20 in lightly wooded country. These birds build cup-shaped twig nests in trees, which are lined with grasses. Two to four eggs are typically laid, hatching to give atricial young which develop quickly and soon leave the nest and acquire flight.


For the past week the morning air was filled with the sound of “kwe .. kwe”, “kwe .. kwe”, I blindly focused my camera into a far away tree where I could hear the bird song coming from and only when I downloaded it could I see the elusive Grey Loerie.  The Grey Loerie is a large bird and usually perches right at the top of the highest trees. The small berries on this tree might have enticed it to climb in amongst the branches.







Info from Wikipedia: The grey go-away-bird (Corythaixoides concolor), also known as grey lourie,grey loerie, or kwêvoël, is a southern African bird of uniform grey with black beak and strikingly pink gape. It is widespread in savanna woodland, a clumsy flier though extremely agile in clambering through tree crowns. It has a distinctive loud alarm call “quare”, fancifully sounding like “go away”. The crest is raised when excited.

Its diet is mainly fruit (such as wild figs and berries), flowers, buds, leaves,termites, and snails. The habitat it occupies is dry open savanna woodlands, farms, parks, and suburban gardens, often near water.


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Source newspaper clipping here


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