Danger: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Don’t judge a Statute by a fair sounding name given to it by the body that enacts it. This is because the name of a Statute may be no more than a statement of intent designed to get public approval. The choice of name may be a ploy to conceal a hidden agenda. Don’t be fooled. The name could be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Rather judge the Statute by the results it produces. Results are all that count.

Aesop in Africa: Unexpected Help

The Leopard and the Meerkat

One hot day in a remote area of the Kruger National Park in South Africa, a Leopard was enjoying a snooze under a huge marula tree. He had just dozed off when a passing Meerkat accidently brushed against him. The Leopard woke with a start, saw the Meercat and growled, “How dare you wake me! I am going to eat you!’

The terrified Meerkat pleaded, “Be kind! Don’t hurt me. One day I may repay your kindness.”

The Leopard laughed scornfully, “How can a tiny meerkat ever help a leopard? Be off with you!” And so, the Meerkat escaped.

A few days later the Leopard was caught in a net laid by hunters. Fearing the return of the hunters the Leopard screamed for help. Not far off the Meerkat heard the Leopard’s cries, found the Leopard and bit through the net and set the Leopard free.

Lesson: Never underestimate where you might find help in time of dire need.

Based on an Aesop Fable

Aesop in Africa: The Danger of Envy

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The Dove and the Zebra

Deep in the Drakensberg mountains in South Africa a Zebra heard a dove calling. It was the sweetest sound the Zebra had ever heard. He wished his voice was as beautiful. The Zebra demanded that the dove tell him what the food was she ate that gave her such a beautiful voice. The dove replied, “The only food I have is the dew on the grass in the early morning.” From that moment on the Zebra drank only dew. Not long after, the Zebra died of hunger.

The Lesson: Envy of the unattainable can be fatal.

Based on an Aesop Fable

Aesop in Africa: Use your Circumstances

The Snake and the Bat

There was once a Bat which lived in a cave in a desolate part of Africa. Early one morning when returning to the cave after a night of feeding, the Bat was caught by a Snake. The Snake hissed, “I hate you birds” and grasped the Bat very tightly.

The Bat was terrified and gasped, “No! No! I am not a bird. I am a large moth. I know you don’t eat moths.” This satisfied the Snake who let the Bat escape.

Early next morning almost the same thing happened when the Bat was caught by another Snake. This Snake hissed to the Bat, “I love eating mice. I am going to eat you!”

The Bat replied, “I am not a mouse! I am a Bat! I know you hate eating Bats .”

The Snake believed the Bat and let the Bat go free. The Bat had escaped a second time.

The Lesson: There is always a way to turn circumstances to your own advantage.

Based on an Aesop Fable

Aesop in Africa: A Warning against Ruthlessness

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Sorry about the tragic story but sadly the message is true.

Once, on a hot dusty day in the grasslands of Africa, a hungry lion spotted a young Buck approaching a water hole. The Lion wanted to eat the buck at once. But the Lion decided that he would first ask the Buck why he should not be eaten. The Lion said to the Buck: “Last winter at this water hole you made fun of me. Give me two good reasons why I should not eat you.”

The buck was very afraid and pleaded, “I could not have made fun of you for I was not born then.”

The Lion replied, “Well then., why are you drinking at my water hole?’

To which the Buck whispered, “I have never drunk from any water hole. The only food I have ever tasted is milk from my mother.”

The Lion snarled, “You gave me two good reasons why I should not eat you. But I don’t care. The fact is that I am hungry, so I am going the kill you and eat you.”

Which is exactly what the cruel Lion did at that lonely water hole on a hot dusty day in Africa

The Lesson: Be very careful when dealing with a powerful bullies or tyrants. They are unethical and ruthless. They will always find an excuse to get what they want.

Based on a fable by Aesop

Manly to Sydney Aquarium May 2022. See the video below the penguin.

Photograph; John Bartels

Join us on a visit to Sydney’s wonderful Aquarium. Watch the video see pictures of beautiful fish. There is an underwater glass tunnel. We literally walked among the sharks. We also went on a virtual reality dive with sharks. Amazing.

When visiting Sydney, a visit to the Aquarium is a must. It is in Barangaroo, a short ferry ride from Circular Quay. I hope you enjoy the video.

Poet Kiera’s Joy

Please scroll down for Kiera’s poem. Thank you.

Photo AW

Kiera’s companion Anna remembers …..

“It is 5 years ago exactly that I went to Many Tears in Llanelli to pick up this beauty! Kiera is my constant and trusty companion and as many of you know. …even sends poems over the ether to me. She is delightful and I have never regretted collecting her. From Romania to the UK…..her story is a huge success!”

Kiera also remembers. Anna sent me this poem by Kiera:

I love to run and dash, enjoy and splash..
Memories so part of me, fading now…..
Like mists which rise and fall
Into a deep nothingness….
And yet
Somewhere deep within
I was once loved……
My mind expands to far off lands
For one brief moment…
I remember. …
But soon returns for I am here…forever near
To the One who breathes love
And cares for me….
An echo from my plight, a shaft of light
It’s always there, deep and asleep
In my doggy soul….

Click here for the amazing story of how Kiera came from Romania to England.

The Caterpillar – let’s Salute it’s Maker

How beautifully made is the caterpillar! Prof. Google tells me there are around 4000 muscles in a caterpillar. The Creator of the caterpillar must be really smart! And us humans? Prof G says we have only about 650 muscles. Click here. To God be the glory.

Picture John Bartels Port Elizabeth May 7, 2022

Easter Fun

These wonderful Easter toys belong to my sister-in-law. I am confident you will enjoy them as much as we do. Enjoy!

There are three videos below. Please scroll down.

Kiera and the “Road Less Travelled”

Kiera is inviting you to go down what for you may be a “road less travelled”. Below the picture is a poem from Kiera. Below the poem is a link to the amazing story about Kiera’s journey from Romania to love and bonding in East Sussex, England. Please scroll down. Thank you.

Thank you to AW for the picture

Kiera speaks again…….

Wait! As my soul absorbs,
Echoes of times past…
The traces of paws
Of those now dead
Who have trod
This place, this bed…..
Their ashes are scattered
Tears were shed
Each one mattered
But now lives on
In Nature…….
The birds and earth-bound trees
The brackens and rustling breeze,
The whirling of streams
Curling and twirling
Ever dashing and splashing
There is no end
But hearts can mend
LOVE is here, it has been
As I sit, I have seen………

Thank you to Anna Wilkinson for passing on Kiera’s poem to me

Click here to read Kiera’s amazing story.

Click also here for “Kiera’s Lament – a Prayer for Ukraine”. You will continue to be amazed.

The title of this blog is based on the title of Dr. M. Scott Peck’s famous book “A Road Less Travelled”.

John Bartels