A Day Full of Surprises!!






I took this photo with my phone on the way to buy chicken food today, just loved the starkness of the tree against the sky.


Today has been the most exciting day ever!! We had snow!!! Not a lot, but we had snow!!!

We have been hoping for snow since the last time we had it in 2007 and here it is. It has been snowing on and off for most of the day. The kids are beyond excited and so am I!

This is the new fence we have been building to keep our chickens to one side of the garden.

Later the sun came out, so we went out into the back garden, Sandy started chasing something and we ran to see what it was. It ran and jumped into our swimming pool. It was a young Moorhen. She was so beautiful, such vibrant colours and the most amazing green and yellow legs and feet.

We quickly drove down to the pan and released her there with all the other Moorhens, I am so happy she escaped Sandy and we were able to return her to her home!

Aaaah and then to make my day even more perfect, a parcel arrived from dear Lori, such a wonderful gift, her photo book from her travels to Namibia! Every photo is beautiful and precious. I will treasure this special gift always!

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Have a great day, I am off to play in the snow!!

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22 Responses to A Day Full of Surprises!!

  1. Gracey August 7, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

    Nice surprise…not so much here, as we get snow….but it is how we feel during the first snowfall…

  2. Hannah August 7, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

    I’m happy if you’re happy about the snow lol Living in WV, USA, we get a lot of snow Dec into March (sometimes even a snow in April…) But *I guess* if we hadn’t had any since2007, I’d be excited too. On the other hand, that bird is beautiful!

  3. jezz August 7, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    Enjoyed seeing all your photos–I would be excitied about snow, too. How far had the moor hen traveled? Is it a waterfowl?

    • Linda August 8, 2012 at 10:43 am #

      Hi Jezz, the Moorhen had only travelled about half a kilometer up the road to our house. She was so sweet:)

  4. Lisa Lord August 7, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

    First thing this morning (in south of US), I saw my family in Joburg were posting snow pics on Facebook. I was so excited. Wish I could’ve been there to see that. And it actually looks like you got quite a bit of snow. Forecast for more I’m told? Enjoy!

  5. sarah August 7, 2012 at 11:31 pm #

    I too would be excited to see snow in my backyard. How much fun.
    The Moorhen is a beautiful bird. Great rescue.
    Have a lovely day.

  6. Donna August 7, 2012 at 11:52 pm #

    That picture with the snowman melts my heart…and makes me wish for winter here. At least mine is on the way here…in a few months…probably!
    I’ve never seen a moorhen before…very pretty.
    Happy day all around.

  7. brenda August 8, 2012 at 2:51 am #

    we are in the midst of 108 degree weather and those snowy pix were a delight to look at. the moorhen was also interesting. gotta do a search to know more.

  8. karen August 8, 2012 at 4:56 am #

    oh my goodness, likes like winter isn’t quite finished yet after all! How fun to have some snow! cute knitting sheep:)

  9. ~ joey ~ August 8, 2012 at 6:32 am #

    What an exciting day! That’s a great snowman and I love that bird. I have never heard of a Moorhen!
    Thanks for sharing your photos today!
    ~ joey ~

  10. Lynda M O August 8, 2012 at 7:22 am #

    What exotic looking feet and leg colors on the moorhen. Your snowball as big as a small car just made me smile. Thanks for sharing such fun pics.

  11. lori August 8, 2012 at 8:27 am #

    oh my gosh! i didn’t know it snowed in joburg! (or nearby), that looks amazing and really so exciting. it is a thrill when it doesn’t happen very often. we dont’ get snow here at the beach, but only 20 minutes away up the foothills it can happen every once in awhile and we feel the same!

    a moorhen! wow so exciting too, isn’t it a beautiful bird, such pretty legs and feet. your yard looks so welcoming no wonder it came for a visit!

    and yay! i love it when mail arrives. so happy you enjoyed the wee book, it’s really small isn’t it? but perfect for little hands. thank you for the kind words linda. xox lori

    • Linda August 8, 2012 at 10:47 am #

      Hi Lori,

      It hasn’t snowed here since 2007, we are so grateful for the snow.

      The Moorhen was such a treat to find, we have never been so close to one before.

      I love my parcel, you are such a wonderful friend, thank you!!

      Love to you


  12. Crystal August 8, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    Wow, that is so beautiful! We never ever get snow here in Durban, I have actually never seen snow. We could take a drive up to the midlands about an hour and a half from here, I hear its lovely up there too, but maybe next time.
    Its just been raining and raining here, with a bit of hail. But I am not complaining as it was soooo dry and we were desperate for this wet weather.
    That moorhen is amazing, you are very lucky to live so close to a pan.

  13. Marlene aka Ouma Miaau August 8, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    HA HA, what did I tell you yesterday?? Happy snow-bounding!

    • Linda August 8, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

      You were right Marlene, we had wonderful snow!

  14. Wendy August 8, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    Mmmh we got that icy wind down here at the coast…love the snow-dirt-man!

    • Linda August 8, 2012 at 4:32 pm #

      He’s cute hey?

  15. Donni Webber August 8, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    Wow… snow in JHB!!! So exciting. Life is full of little gifts when we need them most. I’m thinking of you every day and sending you a little bubble of love.
    Your new site is STUNNING!!!! Congrats.
    Love Donni

    • Linda August 8, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

      Hi Donni, I know, snow in JHB can you believe it!!??

      Thank you dear friend, I really appreciate that and thanks about the site, I am so happy with it, Jeni is amazing.

      Love to you

  16. K August 8, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    That’s about how much snow we had last winter, strangely. I am delighted, seeing my own joy in the faces of the children. I was brought up in Los Angeles, a place where it NEVER snowed – where snow was a thing of magic and legend. Your snowman is a little more brown that I am used to – but then, we didn’t even HAVE one last years. And I think no snowman has ever been more loved than yours. The moor hen is lovely, and it is very Dawkins to have saved her and taken her home. If only all people were as filled with delight, mercy and the motivation to save as you guys are.

  17. MosaicMagpie August 9, 2012 at 12:25 am #

    I have been on here sporaticly lately….I was wondering about your dad…any updates? Hope all is well.

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