Around Here

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I’ve been having a couple of jump up and down tantrums because wild creatures refuse to sit still and have their photos taken – they apparently don’t at all care that I’m still new at this. I do have lots of photos of tips of bird tails and feathery backsides, so I’m guessing that at some point I might just get the whole thing – I might have to venture forth too rather than waiting for them to come to me. There are the most amazing birds zooming around now all busy with their nests and babies. I love watching the weaver birds doing their wild thing best of all. They’re the cleverest little guys, even though I could be a bit biased.


Jelly and Button have never shown the slightest inclination to go outside, and on the couple of occasions that a door has been accidentally left open they’ve run away from it not towards it. Outside is a bit of a scary place for my guys.


In the wild they construct the most amazing nests in huge noisy communities. These are in a thorn tree, so good luck with that any snake who fancies a snack.

Wild Weavers

My two little guys zoom around busy all day making their own constructions, and singing their little hearts out. They have their own kind of tunes that I’ve never heard from a wild weaver. Anyway, a couple of people have wondered what it’s like around here. Weather wise, I think it’s sub-tropical. Louis Trichardt (here) is a little town situated at the foot of the Soutpansberg Mountain range, and only a couple of hours drive away from the Kruger National Park (I’ll get there yet). It’s a mellow place right up at the top of South Africa very close to the Zimbabwe border, and the people are lovely, both the townies and the farming community. The national highway runs through the town, and if you blink twice you’ll very probably miss it. Wherever you look there are gorgeous mountains. I hope sometime not in the too distant future to head out a little ways and get some pics of just how gorgeous this place is to share, but for now – a couple of shots around and about where I live.

Louis Trichardt 3

Louis Trichardt 5

Louis Trichardt 6

25 thoughts on “Around Here

    philipparees said:
    February 8, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    What a lucky lady! Envious as hell.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      February 8, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      You come and visit anytime Philippa! โค


        philipparees said:
        February 8, 2015 at 2:11 pm

        I do, everyday, in the mind and memory! Those weaver birds notice me when they take a break.


    cicampbell2013 said:
    February 8, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Looks a beautiful area to live in. Have you managed many walks in the mountains?


    lucciagray said:
    February 8, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Beautiful pictures!


    Oh! It's Vefday said:
    February 8, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Your world seems a million miles away from my small apartment life in a big city. The scenery is amazing. Wonderful of you to share this experience.


    olganm said:
    February 8, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Gorgeous! We might all come around, Jo!

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    Jack Eason said:
    February 8, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    You’re part of the world looks great Jo ๐Ÿ˜‰


    yeseventhistoowillpass said:
    February 8, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    We don’t have these types of birds around here.. Mostly crows, small black birds and pigeons:( Lucky you!

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    coldhandboyack said:
    February 8, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Beautiful scenery shots. Can’t wait to see shots of the park… Someday.


    Colline said:
    February 8, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    I like your second shot Jo – they are such beautiful birds, aren’t they? You live in a beautiful part of South Africa.


    Silver Threading said:
    February 8, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Lovely pictures and an amazing place to live. I love your tiny weavers! ๐Ÿ’œ


    gillswriting said:
    February 8, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Oooohhhh that looks like a great place to be Jo, calm and peaceful, I love living so close kili (Kilimanjaro). I never really thought about mountains before this stint in Tanzania but I love my early morning glimpses of kili. Your little fellahs look wonderful too, I used to have canaries and finches alongside the famous Figaro (Yellow naped green amazon parrot) and always wanted an aviery. Love the pics and posts keep ’em coming. Have an awesome week, Gill x


    teagan geneviene said:
    February 8, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    What spectacular views, Jo! And the little Weavers are too precious. Hugs! ๐Ÿ™‚


    Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
    February 8, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Tail feathers aside … some wonderful shots of the scenery around Jo Robinson’s home in South Africa – plus a couple of shots of her feathered muses.. not to be missed…

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    Let's CUT the Crap! said:
    February 8, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Magnificent landscapes, Jo. You own piece of heaven, me thinks. Fascinating bird. Love his coloring.


    davidprosser said:
    February 8, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Tremendous pictures Jo, I love the birds.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx


    ihidemychocolate said:
    February 8, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Beautiful photos! My birdies are terrified of unfamiliar territory and would never venture outside either, though we are also careful to keep the doors closed when they are zooming about. xo


    betnew said:
    February 8, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing them with us.


    Carol Balawyder said:
    February 9, 2015 at 12:41 am

    It is beautiful, Jo. Thanks for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚


    Noelle Granger said:
    February 9, 2015 at 1:52 am

    Fabulous photos Jo! Love the birds. I remember seeing the hanging nests when we were in Kenya. I had to buy a bird book while we were there because the birds were so incredible!


    sknicholls said:
    February 9, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Your birds are so beautiful and vibrant. The scenery is gorgeous also. You live in one of those places I would love to visit some day.


    Hugh's Views and News said:
    February 9, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Thank you for showing and sharing us your part of the world, Jo. All I can say is that it looks stunning! Oh, I know that no internet connection can sometimes spoil your day, but the views you have while not being able to use the internet are gorgeous. I hope you take at least ten minutes a day sitting and looking at those wonderful views. It beats the rugby ground I overlook ๐Ÿ™‚


    T Ibara Photo said:
    February 10, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Beautiful!! โค โค
    Your photos make me want to see South Africa with my own eyes. And of course my husband & I keep dreaming of going on an African safari someday ๐Ÿ™‚


    Christy Birmingham said:
    February 14, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    My, those are beautiful photos and nice to see more of where you are, Jo!


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