Thursday, 21 June 2012

A visitor - Snakes in Kwa-Zulu Natal! {What's it Like Where I Live?}







You can read all about this little fella HERE 
- he is actually totally harmless...

I have solved the problem of the local troop of vervet monkeys 
eating our fruit out of our fruit bowls by keeping the fruit
 "locked up" in birdcages now, yes really...fortunately they are 
trendy decor items at the moment :) but last week one of our 
kitties brought this baby snake in through the window!!

I am wanting to start a scrapbook that is more "random"
 with pages about local "things", stuff I like, etc, that the 
kids can look back on to have memories of me and what
 makes me tick rather than always  just about themselves.

So this will go into that album.  These snakes are very
 indicative of the area in which we are currently living so
 relevant to our daily lives here.  We have lived in 3 
different houses here in the past 7 years and have seen
 them in each property we have lived in even though each 
of those properties has been in a different suburb, 
but within the same general area.




26 comments:

Tracey Sabella said...

Nothing like monkeys or pretty blue snakes here in Ohio!! Great idea to put your fruit in the bird cages!! ~ Blessings

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Lizzy Hill said...

Yes, yes, that's what I think scrapping is about, & it makes for really interesting reading, methinks & others find out about your local area. Shame poor snakey is dead...pretty colours. MY Dad used to errrr 'collect' live snakes if we were out driving & they happened to be crossing the road...we'd often have DEADLY tiger, black, brown or copperhead snakes in a fish tank inside for a few weeks, 'til he decided to release them. SCARY!!!! Oh, it is/was a dandelion, that 'puff ball seed thingy'...think it was you who asked???? On hol's atm; hard to get a comp to work...back home & back to normal soon:):):):)

Lynnda said...

Oh my Helen!!! I would be terrified... I'm such a wuss...I can't deal with any reptile species... Perfect for scrapping though!!!... Snake looks slick! But... still I'm scared... I would be on my tracks on the word go.. probably would never returned!!!I supposed you are really brave!!! TFS...hugs...xoxo

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Yikes!!! It's a very striking colour though!!! :D :D Great idea btw! :)

Michelle Ramsay said...

Any snake is petrifying for me!!!!

yyam said...

Scrapping the everyday stuff is great. And makes for interesting story-telling and loads to reminisce about in future!

Poor snake though...:(

Jasmine S said...

That is one great looking snake (if you can possibly say that about snakes) but I am glad it isn't in my house. And love the idea of the birdcage.

me said...

pretty looking snake, but i will still scream & run away!

Stefanie said...

Looks so much like a boomslang. Eish! Glad my kitties stick to bird and mice gifts.

Lea said...

We have a few snakes here, all harmless, but monkeys... uh no. Lots of bugs this time of year... ugh. Great picture though, I think your album idea is brilliant!

Mitra Pratt said...

Ok, so I think that snake is adorable...sorry, but I like critters!!! And kudos to kitty for being a good hunter!! I think your idea is awesome as I will enjoy learning. I'm going to post some photos of here, but I hardly can imagine it would be as interesting as there. No monkeys, just deer...lots of snow, nothing exotic...

ANUPAMA CHOUDARY said...

Eeeeeeks, Helen! You are a brave soul. Monkeys, we have lots in India and yes, they are a menace. With deforestation, they are making their way into urban areas in search of food. Sad but true.
Love the idea of your 'random things in life' scrapbook.

Marjie Kemper said...

That looks very pretty from my side of the planet... wouldn't like it so close though!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

We don't have the monkeys... but we sure have snakes... but they aren't harmless... mostly rattlesnakes!! YIKES!!!!

sandi said...

Oh wow! The snakes are not for me! They make me nervous! Yikes!!!!

Alison said...

Love the solution for the fruit...I don't think I would have coped with the snake!
Alison xx

Carin McDonough said...

Aack I hate the snakes! We used to have a tree in our front yard that used to be full of hundreds of baby snakes all at once every year, I think they used to lay the eggs in there or something, I hated it! My maid was petrified of snakes and always used to push me at them to get rid of them lol. Luckily most of them are not poisonous but a couple of years ago when my sister was visiting my parents in Durban she walked into the loo and there was a Black Mamba in there! The monkeys at my parents have also been known to steal sweets and then leave the papers lying around! :)

Bellaidea said...

I love his colors!

topkatnz said...

I forgot how thankful I am to live in country without snakes until I read your post. Monkeys I could do. Sneaky slithery things - no!!! You can keep them baby!Lol

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Oh dear Helen! That snake is a beautiful color but YIKES! I would have screamed!!! We have Rattlesnakes here and that is more than I can handle!!!

Desire Fourie said...

Beautiful colours this grass snake has. I am always amazed at how these beautiful colours can come from just a tiny little egg - the same for birds. Thats one thing I love about Gauteng, I can feed the birds, which I could never do in Kloof, Durban because of the mischievous monkeys - but they were never a serious nuisance and also never came into our home. We loved the family with the young ones trying to make their way across overhead telephone lines - had many a laughs at them.
Hugs
Desíre
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Doing Life

Eila Sandberg said...

Eeeeek!! as beautiful as this little guy is, amazing colouring, anything slithering makes my skin crawl! so happy to live in a country where the only slithering thing is a toad or perhaps a worm in the flower bed. Love reading and learning about the different places and lives we all live, something that is everyday stuff in one place is really exotic for somebody else. Look forward to learning more about you Helen! xoxo

Ava Gavloski said...

Helen great share on your blog. Snakes make me jumpy. Nice ideal about the everyday journal...

Gayle Price said...

Helen your life is so interesting, amazing and a bit 'scary'. This snake is so beautiful, such a wonderful colour but I don't think I would be very calm if it was in my house!! May be you could have another blog, kind of an "African daily journal", I would find it fascinating. xx

Kerryn said...

Yikes, harmless or not I'd run a mile LOL. Life in South Africa is never boring by the sounds of it!

Keren Tamir said...

OMG that's absolutely crazy!! wow too much danger where you live in all sense of the word!!