Friday, May 22, 2015

Out of the Jurisdiction: Encountered on Our Walks

At the start of the day, grooms lead horses to the fields.  At the end, to the stables.  Behind them, a worker in a bucket truck is doing repairs on the very unreliable electric distribution system.

Sometimes trail riders from a nearby stable pass us.

Lola and Sequoia are usually good when riders pass.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Out of the Jurisdiction: Dogs

In Johannesburg, everyone has barking dogs behind electrified fences for security.
I heard that in this area a typical property has seven dogs.  Susie and Wes have two weimaraners.

On the dogs' daily races walks, the greatest joy of Susie's older weimaraner -- Lola -- is racing sprinting up and down outside the fences, spurring the inside dogs into loud barking frenzies.

What could be more fun?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Out of the Jurisdiction: Guinea Fowl

I have been observing a flock (currently seven) of domesticated guinea fowl that share the farm
with Susie, Wessel and Willa.  (And the dogs and the sheep and . . . you get the idea.)  

The guinea fowl scuttle around in a pack and show up
near the chicken coop when it is dinner time.

There were numerous questions about the masks on yesterday's horses.  Yes, they are to keep flies away.  When it gets cold, they also wear blankets and leggings.  These are coddled horses.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Out of the Jurisdiction: Horses

Sun Valley is in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg,
with many horse farms and conservation land.

Susie's and Wessel's small farm has stables and paddocks that they rent out.  So, they
get to enjoy the sight of horses grazing and training, but without the work and expense.

The horses on the leased land are champion show horses and jumpers.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Out of the Jurisdiction: Willa

One week ago -- on Mothers Day -- daughter Susie produced a perfect baby.  Willa is a long,
thin, beautiful, blue-eyed blonde girl, living with mother Susie and father Wessel
in the horse country outside Johannesburg.

Until early June, I will be spoiling visiting granddaughter Willa and her proud parents.
If the power stays on and the wifi works, I will continue to post daily,
but limitations of time (and the unreliable power and wifi)
will probably mean I can't visit others.  (Sorry.)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Portraits of the Wild

I met A. E. London in February at the Naples Art Festival.
Anne is a fine artist and a devoted advocate for protecting African wildlife.

Two days with an African subtext.  What's up?  I am in Johannesburg, South Africa, in the early days of my visit to Susie, Wes and brand new baby Willa, whom you will meet tomorrow.

Saturday, May 16, 2015


Nicola manages Native Visions Galleries on Naples' Fifth Avenue South.
The gallery features wildlife and environmental art.

Nicola came to the USA from Zimbabwe seven years ago. It will not surprise you that tall and statuesque Nicola is a former model.  Two visits.  Two different looks.  Both gorgeous.