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The things I’m missing out on not being at home

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My parents have recently sent me some photos of the flowers and wildlife that I’ve missed out on being on Ulleungdo and not at home right now. I love my home. We have lived there since I was four years old and even though there are no wetlands or streams, the trees and flowers often give us little surprises of God’s beautiful creatures.

In our front yard we have a huge cycad. This thing is so fertile that we now have 30 baby cycads. If anyone is in Durban and wants a baby cycad please email me. Last week my Dad found a pair of mousebirds nesting in the base of the cycad.

Mousebirds are only confined to Sub-Saharan Africa.

Mousebirds are only confined to Sub-Saharan Africa.

Over the weekend my Dad told me that the mousebirds have gone. He thinks a snake must have got to them. I can believe this as one night we spotted one midway through ingesting a frog double its size. There you have it, National Geographic wildlife action right in my own backyard.

I’m also missing out on October’s blooming Jacaranda trees.I have always loved these and they hold a special memory for my Mom and I from when she used to walk me to pre-school from our flat near Berea centre to my school near the Botanic Gardens. I always used to put them on my fingers and pretend I was a princess with flower rings.

Jacaranda trees in Broadway Avenue, Westville

Jacaranda trees in Broadway Avenue, Westville

I can’t really explain why I love the Jacarandas. It’s not like I’m that crazy about the colour purple either. I think it’s how they transform the landscape that is usually so familiar. A pretty purple carpet to announce that Spring has arrived.

I wish I could have seen this year’s Jacarandas with my own eyes. Sadly, I will have to wait until next year. At least I have my parents who make sure I don’t completely miss out by sending me pictures. Thank you parents!

Blooming Jacarandas

Blooming Jacarandas


Written by BiancaZAR

October 26, 2009 at 10:15 pm