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Vandalism

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I am gutted.

You know I spent quite some time designing, building and planting my xeriscaped border outside my house as a contribution to my neighborhood, country and environment. Unfortunately, some vandals – most probably kids who go to the school opposite my house – continue to wreak havoc in it by willfully damaging the plants.

Here are just some of the heart-wrenching results of their labors:

I will survive! vandalized cactus plant

and these taken yesterday:

vandalized cactus plant

The question I have is why? Why do they have to do this? They throw rocks at the lovely plants and just walk away. What do they actually get out of it?  And what can I do to prevent them from doing this?

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Seeds started

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I finally started some seeds off this morning. There are so many things that I have had done to the garden this season and am preparing a really nice display for outside the house too in the coming few days. This season’s going to really rock!

Happy green fingers to you too!

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Ramadhan Kareem

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Wishing you a fulfilling and spiritually cleansing Ramadhan my friends. May you rise above prejudices and reach out to your fellow human beings during this month.

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New Skin

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Hope you like the new skin.

Got this theme as it allow for a proper and controllable newspaper grid layout. There are a couple of glitches which I’ll be working on when I have time, but overall I’m happy with it. I hope you are too.

Let me know what you think.

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Gimpy

Gimpy

Gimpy, originally uploaded by malyousif.

This tomcat originally came into our garden with an injured leg. It was horribly twisted. We couldn’t catch or persuade him to get into the cat box to take him to the vet. Frances – being the complete softy – decided to start feeding him and put a plate of food out for him every day. Needless to say, he took to the garden. It’s been 2 or 3 months since he first came into the garden and now he has taken permanent residence. To the extent that he answers the name “Gimpy” – given by the softie of course – and even follows my wife or the maid around the garden and calls out for his food!

George – our other ball-less rescue, thinks that he still has his cajones intact and has completely terrorised and cowed Gimpy! He has him owned. Talk about role reversal here!

Anyway, G & G must get their differences under control as neither of them seem to want to go away any time soon.

… and therefore, the family grows, once again.

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Bats!

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Bats!

Bats!, originally uploaded by malyousif.

Had four (yes FOUR) bats flying around the garden at dusk today. Attempted to shoot them, and did with a lot of prayer and just pointing the camera and squeezing the shutter when I thought they were in view 😉

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