Thursday, 22 October 2009

Photostory Friday and Friday Fragments - 23 October

I know you always love these type of posts as they are uniquely African. On Sunday we went to the Krugersdorp Lion and Rhino park. We saw a huge selection of antelopes, some quite rare like sable antelope, cheetahs, lions and wild dogs being fed, rhinos (and a tiny baby one) and hippos. There is so much to see and do there - we missed half of it. Next time we will plan better (including taking a camera - I forgot! These are cellphone shots).

We were really close to the cheetahs when they were fed - they each grab some meat and run away - fast - really fast!

The king was present.

The male lions eat first and then the females follow.

The wild dogs eat as a pack.

Our little lion got all excited about the lions.

He was not Mr Congeniality - maybe those ears were so sore?

PhotoStory Friday

Hosted by Cecily

I am just loving Friday fragments- so tempting to be able to just wrap up the week in little tidbits. So here goes:

We have converted The Boys' cribs to toddler beds. This is way earlier than I have planned - I would have kept them in safely in their cribs until about 18, ok, 3 would have been nice. We are doing ok - Little man L struggled to go to sleep, he is finding everything hilarious at bedtime and keeps climbing in and out of bed, throwing dinos and blankeys around, whatever. But once he falls asleep, he sleeps right through. Little Man C goes to sleep with ease, but wakes up - the first night 3 times and once during Wednesday night. Last night he slept until 5:15 this morning. They are growing up way too fast.
The silkworms have started to spin fast and furiously.
We have our first silk article done.

Some of these guys are like 3 inches and still not spinning - they are huge (and getting a bit gross). We are going to have so many worms next year - anybody for silkworms? We do export.

I am so loving my new phone! A Nokia E71 and I am emailing, posting etc from it for the first time. Great stuff.

We are saying good-bye to some friends tomorrow morning - joining the emigration run to Australia. So sad to live in a country where you constantly see people go.
It is absolutely remarkable to see the improvement in balance for Little man C since his grommet surgery. There is no way to compare! I though my kid was clumsy - turns out he just had one very blocked ear that threw him off balance.
Apparently it was raining inside the car (no real rain in sight) this morning on our way too school. Apparently it was raining "gumdrops and lemon drops" - sounds familiar? Barney!


  1. I've never heard of Krugersdorp Lion and Rhino park before. The way teh cars were gathered reminds me of Etosha in Namibia. I love self drive parks as opposed to ones where you have to have a guide.

  2. Graham is very clumsy as well and he constantly has his finger in his ears. I REALLY think it's affecting his balance. They have already confirmed he has fluid in his ear, but said it shouldn't be troubling him, but I think it is. Why else would he keep putting his finget in his ear??

  3. ewwww to the silk worms..yucky..i don't like bugs or worms or spiders or any critters like that..however cool pics.
    Love the safari pics.
    Wow..toddler the fun begins.
    have a super weekend.

  4. Looks like you all had fun!! Great pics! Your kiddos are adorable!!

    Hallie :)

  5. Those are REALLY cool shots from Africa!!

  6. that's so weird seeing cars lined up next to wild african animals. If you want to come on by and meet Jack I’m home.

  7. We are still in cribs here and I'm wondering how much longer we'll stay. They are almost 3...??? Sarah's never escaped and the only time Jacob attempted, he landed on his head and it scared him enough to not even try again!

    So great to hear the grommet surgery has made such an improvement. Imagine how much better he must feel! WOW!!

    Cool new phone!

  8. Stopping by from SITS to say hi! Wow those tigers looks really close! I love tigers and animals but I think I would've gotten alittle scared at that point! Love your blog, and your family is adorable! Thats great that the operation helped your son:) I'm currently in acupuncture school and we learned alittle thing about how to move fluid in the ear if you have an ear infection - just hold the outside lobe of the ear, and pull outwards laterally and back, that allows the fluid where any bacteria might be to drain out! :)

  9. WOW! That place looked fantastic (and a bit scary.) Fascinating though.

    Ok, the silk worms... do tell... what are you doing with them? Just for fun or are you actually going to make something from the silk?

  10. Wow, what an interesting post! Those silkworms are very....neat...and...gross. lol

  11. Wow, being able to see those animals sounds amazing!

  12. I've never seen a silk worm before, that's fantastic!!

    The park looks really neat. I've heard there are a couple of safari parks here but I think it would be so amazing to actually BE in Africa doing it =D

  13. Your cellphone takes pretty good pictures. I'm glad you had it on you to take pics at the park.

    I've never seen a silkworm up close. I don't know if I could handle it. I might do better with the lion up close than the worm.

  14. You have such a Beautiful Family!
    Great Post!!
    yucky worms!

  15. I saw your comment on American in Norway's blog about twins, so I thought I'd pop by :)

    That park looks fascinating and frightening at the same time. Come to think of it, I can make the same comment about the silk worms!

  16. I think it would be cool to see those animals but I'm not sure how I'd REALLY like to be up close and personal with them!


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