Tag: snake

Summer time and the living is breezy

 February is the hottest month of our year!

The snakes and tortoises are wide awake. We are having to remove certain tortoises quite often from the veggie garden.Tortoise

The vegetables in the gardens quickly tend to bolt if not watered well enough, or get to dried up from

the South Easter who regularly makes her appearance. Like now. And yesterday. And probably tomorrow.

Luckily,  just around the corner we have a warm False Bay ocean for long delicious swims and an icy turquoise Atlantic Ocean around the other corner for screamingly refreshing  dips or exhilarating surfs.

Beach time

Summer also brings us:

Warm magical evenings with clear starry skies, sweet fragrant juicy tomatoes and plump purple sticky figs from the garden, super productive bees buzzing amongst all the flowers and warm freckled faces and dirty sandy hands after a hard day of playing in the garden.

Summer tomatoes

Hooray for summer time!

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80 potatoes and a baby Cape Cobra

It is another stunning day here at Cape Point:

In the veggie garden things are growing and we have been busy sowing yet another garden with all our own seed. We harvested 80 potatoes from half of one potato crop!

When opening a door on one of the houses on the property, we came across a sleepy baby Cape Cobra who quickly became very cross and reared up and hissed like an angry kitten. A very poisonous kitten. I did not have my camera on me but here is a photo and some info on the Cape Cobra from the Cape Snake Rescue website:

Cape Cobra

  • Notoriously common in and around human habitats in search of food and water supply
  • will flee instead of facing aggressor
  • very aggressive when cornered and will spread a hood, hiss loudly and readily strike
  • Average length  1.2 – 1.5m, slender and fast moving
  • smooth scales, colour varies between yellow, brown, cream and speckled
  • very powerful neurotoxin which attacks the nervous system

 

Ahhhh. How lovely. Not nerve wracking at all. Really looking forward to it growing up now. I’m just counting on the second point there!

Up on the mountain there are some beautiful Ericas out in flower now

And the Good Hope Landscapers stepping it up with these beautiful rustic natural log steps

Big changes are happening in the changing of hands of the farmstall….more to follow – watch this space! The farmstall is closed for the moment while changes, renovations and creating is happening.

In the meantime you are welcome to bring a picnic and play in the playground after browsing in the nursery. Lots of little pretties in flower in the retail and this cool weather is perfect for planting. Happy Easter!!!

Snakes alive!

Yesterday while I was baking some death-by-chocolate muffins and the sun still baking outside, Taskmaster called me into the garden.

“You wont believe this.” He said with a surprised expression. I was curious, he’s not easily surprised…

“Look what I found behind the bushes here. It looks fresh”

“What?”

“Oh. My. Word.”

Nice. The resident Puff adder that we had not seen in a year had apparently shed his skin in a part of the garden quite close to the house. 500m would still be too close to the house for me, but hey – that’s what living in the fynbos bush entails right?Brrrr…shivers down my spine!!!

Here is the snake-skin in perspective to Kingoftheplayground:

You see he’s not quite sure whether to trade in his old belt for a snake-skin one or maybe have a wee in fright!

Here are the markings. Quite beautiful really:

Mmmm. Like the sign says, I hope I will be gone surfing when the bigger, longer, fresh skinned Puff Adder comes around.

In fact, I think I will go now!