Gimme Dat, Gimme Dat Tomato

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Meet Sheldon, the guy formerly known as “EEEK BIG SCARY LIZARD – RUN AWAYYY!!!” Turns out he’s just a sweet fellow looking for friends, if a little needy.


His favourite things to eat turn out to be tomatoes, and not me. When I first arrived he would be there, outside, when I opened the door. I wasn’t a fan until my friend Leana, who owns this magical farm, told me that they’re harmless even though large. So now he heads over for munchies regularly and I think he’s pretty cool. Sheldon – needy – hangs around at doors – see what I did there? Always been a fan of most lizards.


Not this guy so much! He fell THROUGH the thatch roof. Luckily he didn’t land on anyone. He’s just a constrictor – not venomous, but snakes are best avoided in general I reckon.


It’s taken me ages to settle down. This year has been pretty crazy, and all my attempts so far at getting back to regular blogging have failed dismally. It’s been busy lately too, but in good ways, and finally slowing down to mild panic rather than insane terror, so I’m hopeful. I’ve started writing fiction again after almost a year of not being able to tackle anything other than non-fiction. I’m going to wait till December/January before I publish anything, even though I do have a couple of things ready to go. The next few months is just going to be about remembering to breathe again, and catching up. Or rather looking ahead, because everything is new now.

The feathered horde have made it through unscathed, if a little ruffled at times. They really didn’t like the big move at all, but are happy little bunnies again. Lots of new places to get into and hang upside down on.






I’ve been flat out catching up with work, so I haven’t been able to explore outside at all yet, but I’ve got a couple of pics of things happening around and about directly outside my window – shot through the window panes so don’t expect fabulous photography with these ones. I’m looking forward to slowing down now, and taking it all in after the wild ride that this year has been. Where I live now is about as close to paradise for me can get. Lots of horizon to look at, and filled with fabulous critters again.







The little fellow above is called a Dassie. There are loads of them zooming around the rocks all day long. Apparently their closest relative is the elephant. More to come on them though – I reckon they have agendas.

18 thoughts on “Gimme Dat, Gimme Dat Tomato

    Sue Vincent said:
    October 4, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Glad you have settled in, Jo. Looks an amazing place to be.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      October 4, 2016 at 2:17 pm

      Thank you Sue! It’s really gorgeous – I’m only just starting to look around, but there’s loads to see. Missed you! I really hope all goes “normally” again now, so I can zoom around blog land properly again. X


        Sue Vincent said:
        October 4, 2016 at 2:33 pm

        Well when you do get chance, keep the camera with you 🙂 Really good to see you back:)


    mysm2000 said:
    October 4, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Remembering to breathe? Yeah, that’s a good thing. Welcome back to a slower pace. Looking forward to hearing more about your new digs!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      October 4, 2016 at 2:19 pm

      Thank you Miss M! I kept on thinking that I was ready to zoom again, but it seems like now really is the time. Patience is an interesting thing sometimes. X

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    patriciaruthsusan said:
    October 4, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    I think these are good pictures, Jo. We have house geckos here. They scoot around on the walls. As far as I know they just eat bugs. That’s fine with me. 🙂 — Suzanne


      jorobinson176 responded:
      October 4, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      Hi Suzanne! Thank you! I love geckos – they can actually get quite tame. Lizards can be amazingly affectionate for “cold-blooded” creatures. X


    davidprosser said:
    October 4, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    I’m thrilled you’re back with usu again Jo even though you could have moved here and watched the budgie get into trouble. It’s really great the writing is coming back, especially the novels. We’ll all be waiting for January now.
    I think you’re a fantastic friend Jo and like everyone else I adore you.I’m here if I can help with anything at any time.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx


    Charles Yallowitz said:
    October 4, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Looks like a great place to live with all the animals. Though I agree with you on the snakes. Best to give them a wide berth.


    Annette Rochelle Aben said:
    October 4, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Lucky lizard.. he gets to have you as a friend, right there in his backyard!


    The Story Reading Ape said:
    October 4, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Glad you’re settling in Jo – It’s our turn this weekend, moving 300 miles closer to you (Sussex) 😘💕💞💖💗❤️


    olganm said:
    October 4, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    I’m pleased Sheldon is friendly and everything is going well. Do take it easy. I sometimes forget it’s not a sprint but a marathon and have to pay the consequences later. Take care, Jo.


    Jane Fritz said:
    October 5, 2016 at 3:25 am

    Just keep putting one foot in front of the other. Eventually it feels more or less normal again. And meanwhile, this Canadian reader always enjoys pics of your far-away critters, Jo!


    Terri Webster Schrandt said:
    October 5, 2016 at 5:15 am

    Yay, you’re back, my busy-bee friend! Your critters are all just wonderful!!


    dgkaye said:
    October 6, 2016 at 4:13 am

    Beautiful photos Jo! Glad to hear life is just slightly chaotic and not a terror, lol. 🙂 xo


    Mick Canning said:
    October 7, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    Love the lizard! Remind me, where are you?


    ihidemychocolate said:
    November 6, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    So happy that you and your birdies are settling in. xo


    masgautsen said:
    November 19, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Wonderful photos. Looks like a great place to be.


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