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🌿 I've been gardening ever since a child, when I spent time with my father in his vegetable garden. But my fascination with Echeverias started in the 1980's, when my father gave me a pot with five Echeverias, which turned out to be E. imbricata. At first I wasn't much interested in them and planted them in some obscure corner of the garden and completely forgot about them. How great was my surprise when, a couple of months later, I noticed that they had spread and made a beautiful display - I was hooked!
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Thursday, 24 December 2015

The happiest season of all!


Christmas, and summer time. Everything is in full flower. Surely it must be the happiest season of all! Here's wishing you a Merry Christmas and a festive season filled with LOVE, JOY and INSPIRATION!

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  1. Hello Maree, I stumbled upon your interesting blog whilst looking for info on the Southern Masked Weaver. I have never participated in a blog before so bear with me please. As I was browsing around your blog I noticed that we have a lot of interests in common - for example watching garden birds, growing succulents, keeping pet chickens and a love of nature. I live in Cullinan, near Pretoria in Gauteng.

    My small garden is mostly indigenous with a sprinkling of exotics like roses and lavender. If you are interested I can show you photos of my garden - not sure about blogging etiquette?

    Regards Adele

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    1. Aaah, how wonderful to meet another nature lover Adele! Hope you found the info on the Southern Marked Weaver you were looking for. Yes, certainly, I would love to see your garden pictures! Do you perhaps have a blog where I can go and have a look? There's nothing listed under your profile for Blogger, but thought perhaps you have something on WordPress? The best way to get your pics out there is to start a blog. If and when you do, please let me have the link!

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  2. Hello Maree, I have just created a blog and the link is crumbsandfeathers.blogspot.co.za Had to choose a crazy name because the ones I wanted were already taken. Quite an adventure setting up a blog! If there are any pointers or tips please feel free to share. Yes thank you I did find the info on the SM Weaver that I was looking for. I do not have pics yet on my blog, but will add them once I have seen how to do it. There are some questions that I would like to ask about chickens if you have any experience?

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    1. Oh, how wonderful Adele! and Crumbs and Feathers is a fabulous name! It' so difficult to choose a blog name these days, there are so many of them on Blogger. Blogger is very easy to use and you won't have any problems loading pics. A pointer is don't have your pic sizes too big for upload, 500px x whatever is sufficient, and then you can choose whether to show the pic is small, medium, large or extra large. I see your blog width is quite narrow, so you won't really be able to use extra large format.

      I do have chickens - what is it you want to know...?

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  3. Hi Maree. I have an old hen who has been behaving strangely lately. She cranes her neck up to the sky and kind of looks sideways as if she is looking out for a predator bird. She walks around like this all day long. Her eyes are clear - so no blindness there, I just thought maybe she is going crazy or something? She is an only chook as I donated my others to a friend. Could it be that she is really scared of predators or is there a medical reason?

    I called my blog Crumbs and Feathers because I bake cookies for a hobby and cookies and birdies are my passion. Don't know about pic sizes and so on, will do a couple of test ones and see how they appear. This blogging thing is quite complicated. I looked at your blog and saw that you have sub divisions on different subjects - almost like chapters of a book. Interesting, as I have said before I am brand new to blogging but will give it a go. Regards Adele

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    1. Some chickens just have some very peculiar habits Adele! I have one hen that constantly ducks down, as if she can feel something on her head, reverses a couple of steps (as if to get away from it) and then gets up straight again as if nothing happened. I have another chook, Micky, that does something similar to your chook, standing still, slightly staring up at the sky as if listening intently to some strange sound and she does this a couple of times during the day. I don't think it's anything to worry about, as long as she seems healthy, I'm sure she's fine. You can read about some of my girls' antics on my Chook blog, the link is in the left-hand column at the top.

      Cookies and birds go together very well, also seeing as the birds just love bread crumbs! Those "chapters of a book" are PAGES, you can set them up in your 'Design' section.

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  4. Thanks for the advice on my chooks as well as blog design. She doesn't seem to be ill as she is eating and drinking as normal. Maybe it's the hot weather that makes her look to the sky for rain? I have so many ideas for my blog - different pages for the things I love.

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    1. Ha ha! My chooks are also begging for rain, as we all are! Luckily we had a few spats over this Christmas weekend, cooled things off a bit.

      I'm looking forward to seeing your blog progress Adele - it takes a while to get completely au fait with the whole process, one of my blogs has been running since 2007, so I've more or less got the whole thing down pat! And remember, blog for yourself, no one else, from the heart, and you will enjoy it immensely!

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