Outlandish Okapi









A beast that’s sensitive and shy
was rarely seen by human eye
its home the Congo far away
discovered in Victorian day
by Stanley, the explorer whom
said ‘Dr Livingstone I presume’.

The Okapi was found to be
part of the giraffe family
long neck, large ears that help it hear
whenever predators are near.
It is distinguished you will find
by stripes on its legs and behind.

A plant-based diet every day
plus salt and minerals from clay
all gathered with prehensile tongue
this mammal also feeds its young
but each one tends to live solo
except at breeding time, you know.

There’s some resemblance to a deer
But deer cannot lick its own ear
the Okapi’s the only one
by whom this behaviour is done.
How do I know all this is true?
I saw one in the London Zoo.

Fiendish Feline

Bad Ziggy climbed onto the bench and showed great interest in my porridge bowl.

Ziggy in sink

Ziggy in sink

Perhaps there were traces of yoghurt to interest him.  I managed to take a short video, but haven’t quite managed to edit it.

“He’s such a sweetie, I can’t bear
to tell him off for being up there.”



Digging the Dirt

Work has finally started on the rebuild of the next door units, three months after the old ones were demolished.  Today they’re digging deep foundations and taking the soil away on trucks.

Digging next door

Digging next door

It’s good to know there’s an archaeologist on site (even if it does slow down the process).  I thought they only did that for pre-1900 buildings, but apparently not.

“The archaeologist is there
to see what may be brought to air.”

Bandaged Buggy?

This car looked to me as though it had a bandage over its back wheel.

Bandaged car (Small)

I gather the firm specialises in disaster recovery services, and I think the logo may be meant to signify that they wrap around the world.   To me it looks more like a sticking plaster.  What do you think?

“It looked like damage to the car
with band aid cov’ring up the scar.”




Bunch of Birds

These pied oystercatchers were scurrying along the shore to get out of the way of frolicking dogs.  Eventually they had to take to their wings.

Oyster catchers (Small)

These birds may be found on most beaches from December to July.  After that they usually move inland to breed on riverbeds and farmland.  They eat mainly small shellfish and worms.  Oystercatchers birds may live up to 25 years, the oldest one known was 28.  Although they don’t stay together outside of the breeding season most of them retain their partner from one year to the next.

“If they want their flock to expand
it’s time for them to move inland.”

White snowdrops and alyssums predominate in my garden at this time of year, so it’s always good to find a splash of colour.

Polyanthus blue (Small)

Polyanthus are meant to be divided regularly, but mine have had no such attention for several years, which may be why they have only a single flower so far.  I’ll make a note to take better care of them next year – in my March ‘to do’ list.  Gertrude Jekyll used to divide hers in September, so March should be right for Aotearoa.

Polyanthus pink (Small)“Polyanthus needs to be
broken up regularly.”

Floyd Fan?

I like the tagline on this builder’s van.

Pink Floyd (Small)“With no need for education
this van has my approbation.”


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