02 October 2010

At last I had the guts to upgrade my blog's template and in the end it was not too difficult. The new functionality works quite well as one can add different 'gadgets' to a blog's template. I added a few html gadgets, one of which was for my sidebar into which I just pasted the html from my old template. But of course one need to copy ones old template's html and paste it into a Word document which one saves onto one's hard drive. Then one can just keep this document open and copy different html sections into html gadgets on your new template. So for those of you who have not yet taken the plunge, go for it.
I am flying to Durban this coming Thursday to present {Doing Life's} next Scrapaganza at Makaranga Garden Lodge in Kloof on Saturday, 9 October. For those ladies whose busy schedules did not allow them to indulge in a full day of scrapping pampering, you are all still welcome to pop into the {Doing Life} shop during the course of the day. Michelle {the jetsetter - see her blog of her current USA trip} will be on 24/7 shop duty.
On another note and birds of a different feather ... a few weeks ago I was so thrilled to have spotted a Burchell's Coucal in our garden here in the middle of the Wild West {Johannesburg}. This was the first time I have ever seen one with my own eyes ... always just heard stories from excited spotters. This one actually frequents our garden now on a regular basis and loves to perch in the numerous aloe trees where it hides itself behind the aloe leaves. Its quite interesting that it behaves exactly as Sasol's 'Voels van die Bosveld - Kitsgids' describes it i.e. being a shy bird which crawls through the underbush and this is just what it does. I also caught it once or twice sitting amongst the shrubs on the ground bathing itself whilst the irrigation is on. Its quite a large bird and is not a seed eater. Its diet is taking small birds from their nests, snails, lizards and mice. It will very seldom take fruit. Being such an elusive bird, I just could not get some clear photos of it, even with my big lens. The photos below are about the best of the lot where it was sunbathing on the sandstone bench and table after a sprinkler bath.



Wishing you all a fabulous weekend and thanks again for stopping by.


  1. Ek hou van die nuwe uitleg! Dit laai baie vinniger af en ek kan nou jou sidebar sien. Het jou fotos en beskrywing van vleiloerie baie geniet. Is nie seker ek verstaan 1ste par. nie, maar sal dit kopieer en probeer... ek's maar dom met die dinge!

  2. fabulous photo, you are so lucky to snap this, I love to photograph the wildlife, not always easy! have a fabulous weekend, hugs Debx

  3. hiya chickie!
    love the new look on your blog! all that scrumptious ribbon!
    have a wonderful trip...and I {{{heart}}} those bird pictures...beautiful!

  4. Oh, I like the blog updated page. That bird is just too cute and i can just imagine it sneaking around in your garden. See you on Thursday!!!!

  5. Ag dis te pragtig. Jou fotos is baie baie mooi...ek weet jy weet maar net sommer sodat jy dit weer hoor

  6. Wow...your photographs always amaze me. Well captured! Birds are not easy to photograph.


  7. Love the new blog! Looking forward to Saturday! See you then
    Robyn xxx

  8. Hi darling teacha, I love the new look of your blog xx

    Wish you all the best with your Makaranga day.

    Lots of love xx

  9. Mooi blog uitleg Desire! Die foto's van die vleiloerie is pragtig! As ek so al jou inskrywings lees, lyk dit of julle baie pret het met julle Scrapaganzas! Jy moet die komende naweek s'n in Durban ook baie geniet!

  10. Oh wow you are beserrave redoing your blog yourself - I play with the Blogger templates & must progress to your level - looks fab!

  11. Anonymous1:36 PM

    Hi Desire - Your new blog is fabulous.
    LOL Paula

  12. wow, fabulous pictures, Desire!!

  13. Wonderfull pictures, I know it's a little killer but it's such a wonderfull bird to spot in your garden.

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