A Loving and Caring German Shepherd

Whenever I sneeze, Indy our German Shepherd climbs into my lap. This happened this afternoon. I took this picture. Such loving concern! What a devoted friend! Indy has been with us for nine precious years.

Has 2020 Changed Your Assumptions?

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Has 2020 been a year in which your basic assumptions have been challenged? Have your basic assumptions changed about yourself and the planet in which we live? My guess is they have – for you and for millions of people all over the world. Are you disturbed by what has happened in 2020? Should you be?

Dr. Ian McCallum of Port Elizabeth, South Africa has written about these challenges to our assumptions in a very important “must read” article.

To see the article click here.

Dr. McCallum is a psychiatrist, psychologist, award winning author and poet. He is an adjunct professor at the Nelson Mandela Graduate School of Business in Port Elizabeth. He is also an honorary lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cape Town. In his youth he was a Springbok Rugby player (he represented South Africa).

Thank you.

The Flying Kudu in Addo

The Kudu prepares to jump and then jumps. See the two pictures below. Taken in the Addo Elephant Park. South Africa. Such power and grace.

Up and Away

Let the African Bush Trumpet with Joy

The African bush in the Addo Elephant Park in South Africa, suddenly became silent. It was the silence of expectation. It was the silence of respect. The elephant family was waiting, tenderly surrounding one of its female elephants. The gift of new life was coming. And then it happened. A baby elephant was born. Let all the African Bush trumpet with joy!

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How privileged we humans are. We did not see the actual birth but we did see the family cherishing and protecting the new born. The first picture shows the family protecting the baby. But where is the baby elephant? Look to the right of the young elephant. The tiny elephant could not walk properly and was still pink in places.

The last picture is of the baby staying close to what can only be its mother.

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Words cannot describe how grateful we are to have been close to such a joyful occasion in the glory of life,

To God be the Glory

Thanks to our two good friends who made this viewing possible.

The Beautiful Cotswolds

A friend recently reminded me how much he loves the Cotswolds and how pleasant it would be to live there. There is so much to enjoy. The small villages with interesting shops. Gardens that look like pictures in garden magazines. The yellow/brown stone houses which are super photogenic. And the area is full of history, monuments and old churches.

Our family took us there last year. We had a wonderful time. Here are some pictures, taken in the Cotswolds.

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The pictures speak for themselves.

Bourton-on -the Water

A Burford Garden

St. Edward’s Church, Stow-on-the Wold

“Did I hear something?”

How old are the two yew trees? Who knows. Apparently yew trees grow for a very, very long time. And the Church? We are told that people have worshiped on this site for over a thousand years’ Welcome to history in the Cotswolds!

One of the many interesting shops at Bourton-on -the Water

Stag at Broadway-Middle Hill in the Cotswolds

More of the Stag

Spotted in the car park in Burford.

I cannot describe the magnificent roar she made as she pulled off.

And yes, the owner was justifiably very proud of her!

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That beautiful Burford Garden again – It is next to a nursery!

Lion and Hyena Jaw Strength

Between a lion and a hyena, which has the strongest jaw strength measured in pounds per square inch (psi)?

Go to Page 2 for the answer

Crab saved on the golf course

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While exercising our German Shepherd on a local golf course late this afternoon we came upon this large crab. You can see how big the crab was by comparing it with the golf cap (yes it is a Master’s cap. Bought on the Wednesday practice day).

Now, back to the crab! It was on a fairway between two small dams/water hazards. Not a safe place for the crab. Plenty of other dogs around. At least 70 meters to the safety of the nearest dam.

The crab became quite defensive when it realized I had taken an interest in it. Stood up! Waved its pincers at me. “Watch it, you with the iPhone!”

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Good luck was on the side of the crab. A fellow dog walker who is a nature lover then arrived. She was kind enough to take off her jacket and use it to pick up the crab. She took it to the nearer of the two small dams where it was released. Away from danger at last! The crab scuttled off and hid among some rocks about 2 paces from the water.”You can’t get me now!”

Canned Lion Hunting: A Shameful disgrace

“Asking tough questions does not stop in tough times.”

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According to a Guardian article on the internet:

“Canned hunting is a fast growing business in South Africa where thousands of lions are being bred on farms to be shot by wealthy trophy hunters”

I repeat:

“Asking tough questions does not stop in tough times.”


  • Is the article a genuine Guardian article? There is no reason to believe it is not genuine.
  • Is the article true? There is no reason not to believe the article as the Guardian is a very well respected news source.
  • If true, why is canned hunting allowed?
  • If true, why has it not been stopped?
  • Where is it happening?
  • Is it happening in other countries?
  • Does it not contravene animal anti-cruelty legislation?
  • Who is responsible to stop it?
  • Are lions the only animals killed this way?
  • Has a “follow the money” investigation been done?
  • Does your Member of Parliament have a strong view on the killing of captive lions? You don’t know? Ask him or her.

I repeat:

Canned lion hunting is a shameful disgrace.

It should be stopped. Internationally.

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Go to Google. Put in words like : canned, lion.

Also put in the words: Cook report lions

“Asking tough questions does not stop in tough times.”

Do animals have rights?

“Animals have done us no harm and they have no power of resistance. There is something so very dreadful in tormenting those who have never harmed us, who cannot defend themselves, who are utterly in our power.”
― Cardinal John Henry Newman

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Are we happy with the way we directly or indirectly treat animals?

How honest is our answer?

Mongoose Visitor

We put cheese out for the birds on this “see saw” in our back garden in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Guess who else found the cheese!


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