Category Archives: Day trips

Goal #28: A-maize-ing!

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    Some weekends ago Ninja and I enjoyed a day at Honeydew Mazes with my best friend and her family. This was to celebrate El’s husband’s birthday, to treat their kiddies to an outdoor adventure and to check off another goal on my list 🙂

    Goal #28: Navigate a maze

    Goal #28: Navigate a maze

    The Honeydew A-maize-ing Mazes is a fantastic concept: make a huge maze out of maize plants, set up quizzes for teams to solve along the way, and change the design each year so it never gets old. The 2014 maze is in the shape of a dinosaur, and there’s a huge inflatable dino at the entrance to welcome visitors too.

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Valentine’s cake and stargazing

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Valentine’s Day sped by in a blur this year. Remember last year’s fanfare? Well, this year was quieter but still fun, and I used the celebration to work on two more of my goals: #22 (bake another cake) and #30 (visit a planetarium).

We went to the Johannesburg Planetarium for their Valentine’s Day show. It was really funny being in a crowd of about 150 couples! The show was cute, and one could opt to screen a personal message in the stars. This is what I wrote for my man:

Ninja

You are strong, handsome, godly, funny, loving and an incredible husband. No matter what happens in life, always look up!

With love, respect and stars in my eyes,

Zest

All together now: “Awwww!” 🙂

As I mentioned, I also managed to bake the fourth of five cakes on my 22nd goal: a fresh raspberry cake. The recipe for this treat (and all the credit!) for the cake can be found here: http://bakingbites.com/2013/06/fresh-raspberry-cake/. (The only thing I changed was using 1 t lemon juice instead of 1 t lemon zest.) Here are my pics to whet your appetite:

Fresh raspberry cake

Fresh raspberry cake

The batter only fills part of the tin

The batter only fills part of the tin

Then you dot in the raspberries

Sprinkle the cake with sugar

Sprinkle the cake with sugar

And bake till it's lovely golden colour

And bake till it’s lovely golden colour

I can’t imagine this cake with any berries other than these tart red delights, but of course you could try other berries if you wanted to. Next time I make this I might experiment with using less sugar, as a whole cup seemed like a huge portion, but otherwise this was fantastic and gobbled up by all those I shared it with. (FYI: I did notice that it’s probably best eaten fresh, as the longer you keep it the softer the berries will become.)

Thank you, Baking Bites, for sharing this recipe with us! The sweetest side of baking is in the sharing 🙂

Goal 53: Get more rat merch

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You know, of course, that my beady little eyes are always hunting for any cute rat-themed merchandise 🙂 Well, recently I’ve added two great finds to my ratty collection, which have helped me reach my Goal #53 (that’s in addition to my beautiful rat teapot and Cheddar soft toy). I don’t foresee an end to this collection, but I think I can happily cross off the goal from my list now.

First, I discovered that despite what I think of Halloween, the supposedly scary day can be useful for bring ratties onto the shelves! I unearthed this black plastic rat in the shops as a leftover from Halloween:

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It’s really quite pathetic how they tried to make him all beastly, as though you’d ever find a real black rat with red eyes!

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I took pity on the poor critter and brought him home. After a good coat of gesso to prime him nicely…

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… I painted him to look like Mishka!

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What a difference! It just goes to show: put a fancy coat and a cute face on a rat, and suddenly it’s no longer a horrible scary monster 😉

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I still have a bit of work to do to finish off the details on his face and tail, but I have already painted a white spot on the back of his head, just like Mishka’s:

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(I call that Mishka’s ‘kissy spot’ because when he hangs his head over a ledge or comes within my reach, that’s the spot I kiss to bits!)

I named this plastic rat Loki, because he was meant to be the dark bad guy, but throw in a bit of shape shifting he’s actually just funny! lol :mrgreen:

The other item I snatched up was this wonderful metal coat hook:

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Isn’t that perfect?! I found it at Kamers vol geskenke in Pretoria, but you could swear it was made for me.

The whole contraption fits over a standard door, with the ratties’ tails forming the hooks:

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Call me simple, but this stuff just makes me really, really happy! 😀

Five years of marriage

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Hello all, sorry I’ve been so quiet lately… there’s been a stack of stuff going on, much of which I’ve been longing to blog about, but there just never seems to be enough time. ANYway, I’m sure life’s exactly the same for you too 🙂

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The other day Ninja and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary. As clichéd as it may seem, I can hardly believe how quickly the time has passed since my wedding day 😯

We celebrated the occasion with a fancy romantic dinner at an Italian restaurant recommended to us by a friend. (Another goal worked on: Goal #70, visit 5 new restaurants. This was the third so far.) What a gorgeous dining experience! The restaurant is Café del Sol in Olivedale, Johannesburg, and here’s what we enjoyed for our three courses of the meal…

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My starter

To start the evening I ordered the Italian Primavera Rolls – rice pastry rolls filled with real imported Parma Ham, rocket and smoked mozzarella, then deep fried & served with a creamy white wine sauce. They were oh! just incredible! :mrgreen:

Ninja's starter

Ninja’s starter

Ninja chose the tasty Avocado al-Ritz, which involved pan-fried queen prawns dressed in homemade basil pesto mayonnaise, served with avocado, rosa tomatoes and a zesty Parmesan and rocket salad. (I must apologise that some of the pics aren’t that clear; it’s a bit tight trying to focus with a 50mm prime lens on a crop-sensor camera when I’m stuck at the table and can’t ‘zoom with my feet’! And I didn’t spend too much time taking pics because we were so eager to start eating.)

My main dish

My main dish

I was tempted by just about everything on the menu, but since our friend had specifically suggested we try the risottos, I obeyed. I ordered the Porcini Mushroom Risotto, which is a warm creamy mix of earthy Porcini mushrooms, green peas and a drizzle of truffle oil. I was not disappointed at all, but I’d forgotten how filling a risotto can be! Next time I would definitely ask for a half portion.

My man's main meal

My man’s main meal

Now, I ain’t no steak-chompin’ cowgirl, but whoah! Ninja’s main course was fantastic! He didn’t take long to choose the Lamb Rack (which Café del Sol rightfully claims is one of their bestsellers) – 400g of French trimmed lamb rack served on Porcini mushroom and pea risotto with a deep & delicious red wine jus. That meat just melted in our mouths (Ninja was benevolent enough to let me taste a bite).

And then came the best part…

My dreamy dessert

My dreamy dessert

…the sweet treats! To round off the delicious evening, I picked the Amaretto Semi Freddo: creamy and cool, this homemade delight is drowned in the Italian liqueur Amaretto & garnished with crunchy Amaretti Biscotti. Say it with me: ‘Ahhhhh…!’ It was so good that when I took my first bite I had to hold up a hand to stop Ninja in the middle of his sentence, just so I could close my eyes and enjoy the exotic flavours. Yeah, I literally did that. Poor man 😉

Ninja's 'dessert'

Ninja’s ‘dessert’

You’d be right if you thought that looked like a starter. It’s the Haloumi Stack that my funny hubby ordered for ‘dessert’. (You see? I wasn’t exaggerating when I said that Ninja doesn’t do dessert. He wouldn’t know a sweet tooth if it bit him in broad daylight!) Still, what mattered was that he was just as happy with his meal’s ending as I was with mine…

Ninja & Zest ~ 5 years

Ninja + Zest ~ married 5 years!

…and that we’re both even happier together now than we were when we started this journey five years ago 🙂

What do you collect?

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Do you have a hobby or tradition of collecting something interesting? I used to love collecting items when I was a kid… from stickers to old perfume bottles (which gave off such a collective heady pong that I eventually scrapped that!)… I’m not a fan of too much clutter, but I do like meaningful collections 🙂

About two years ago, Ninja and I suddenly decided to start a tradition of collecting fridge magnets from our day trips and other travels. We don’t have a massive collection, but it’s colourful and unique and grows a little bigger each year.

Our magnets so far

Our magnets so far

The first magnet with the dangling metal skulls was what started it all: a souvenir from our trip to Sterkfontein Caves at the so-called ‘Cradle of Mankind’ just outside Joburg. The next was from a romantic long weekend we took to a log cabin in Dullstroom (briefly mentioned here).

The next five magnets are all from highlights of our last long holiday along South Africa’s West Coast: the Butterflies for Africa butterfly sanctuary, the Durban waterfront, uShaka Marine World and the birds and crocodiles we saw at CrocWorld.

In the next row you can see magnets commemorating our trip to the Montecasino Bird Gardens and the South African Lipizzaners. The tiny bird magnet is from the Sasol Bird Fair, and the ratty is from the World of Dogs and Cats (WODAC) pet expo this year.

The rat club stand at WODAC sold the cutest ratty magnets, so of course we got the whole set :mrgreen:

Rat magnets

Rat magnets

In case you can’t read the text on them, the sayings are:

  • A balanced person has a rat on each shoulder
  • GGMRS – Gotta Get More Rats Syndrome
  • Rat addiction is not fattening
  • My rats live here, you don’t
  • The rat race is over. The rats won!

So, what do you collect? 🙂

Classic Cars Show 2013

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I bet you can guess why it’s been so quiet at the Sunshine Scrapbook for the past few days 🙂 I’ve been practising daily with my beautiful new camera and analysing the shots to learn from them and generally just practising what I preach! Then this past weekend there was a Classic Cars Show in Johannesburg, which proved to be a great day trip with friends and my first public, lengthy use of the beastie.

Here are a few of the pics, along with my thoughts. Just for the record, I barely know my Vauxhall from my Volvo… so please bear with any automotive slurs I might make 😉

There was a large crowd attending the show, which meant that most of my shots were inevitably photobombed by random strangers. In order to have some ‘clean’ shots, I took quite a few close-ups of details on the cars.

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There were modern muscle cars, such as this super hot GT…

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…and old classics such as this enormous Grande Parisienne:

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The Classic Cars Show was held at the well-known Nasrec showgrounds in the south of Joburg, a venue that provides both indoor and outdoor exhibits for visitors of all ages to enjoy.

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The changing lighting conditions meant I had to keep an eye on my ISO settings as I moved about from shade to sunshine. It was good practice, and thankfully my D7100 has a comfortable viewfinder that displays all the exposure info clearly.

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The friends with whom I attended the show helped point out which aspects of which cars I should try to capture – such as the iconic badge and spoke wheels of the Corvette above.

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Almost the only car I recognised for sure: I can say with confidence that the engine above is from a Cobra :mrgreen:

My eyes are naturally drawn to little details (it must be the editor in me), so I tried to capture items of interest besides the cars themselves. Here I focused on the classic furry dice dangling from the mirror:

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One lesson I learnt from the beastie during this photoshoot was that even though my lovely Nikon AF-S 50mm prime can open up all the way to f/1.8, it’s not ideal or desirable to shoot that wide open all the time.

For example, in the pic below it would have been better if I’d increased the depth of field to include the many interesting trophies stacked in this car’s boot (trunk), rather than just focusing on the badge. I blame it on my excitement at finally having a lens that creates that bokeh effect… but when I get over that I think I’ll take better pics!

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Another lesson I learnt was that the experts were right: a polarising filter would’ve been king for this sort of photography. Polarisers are used to cut glare and reflections, which would’ve been a boon considering all the cars were polished to a high sheen.

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The show included a few motorcycles too. I would’ve liked to have seen a few more bikes, and a wider variety of them, but since this show grows in popularity each year I’m sure that will improve in time.

If I thought my camera was a beast, check out this mean machine! That’s one fat tyre!

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Speaking of the beastie, I was amazed to discover that the weight of the camera and lens barely registered in my mind. I held the camera most of the day and my comfy Lowepro backpack carried the rest of the kit. The adventure of taking photos soon overtook any concern I’d had about the D7100 being particularly heavy.

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The chrome Boulevard above was one thing, but I was taken aback to see the following bike there!

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I didn’t notice this at the time of the show, but when I reviewed the photographs on my PC later I realised that I’d framed many of my shots quite poorly. While I deliberately cropped in close to pick out badges and other details, I struggled to get properly framed pics of whole cars.

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In most cases it was because there were too many people crawling all over the vehicles, and of course the most popular cars had the most admirers hanging around. So I ended up with dozens of weird compositions such as this:

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Looking back, the only ways around this would probably have been to get there much earlier to beat the hordes, or to stand by one vehicle until the masses had moved on, or to include random strangers in my pics. Which would you have preferred?

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Another reason the framing was difficult was that on a crop-sensor camera such as the Nikon D7100, a 50mm lens behaves like a 75mm lens. So you constantly find yourself backing up (usually into something or someone!) to try to get the whole vehicle in the frame.

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There were many big American-type trucks and cars, which may not seem rare to you but were eye-catching to me. The green beauty above is a 1946 Hudson. Inside it was cutely Elvis themed…

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The huuuuuuge American cars left a big impression. But I don’t want to know what this monster costs to fill up!

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All in all, it was an unusual and exciting day out. I learnt loads about operating my new DSLR and enjoyed the effort and care people have put into maintaining their classic vehicles.

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Thanks for coming along for the ride! 🙂

South Africa’s National Zoological Gardens: Pretoria Zoo

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This past weekend was a long weekend in SA, so Ninja and I took advantage of the slower pace and headed off to Pretoria to visit the National Zoological Gardens. Here are a few of my favourite pics from our lovely day out 🙂

We were amused at how fussy this elephant was while eating its breakfast of beets. The veggies were strewn across its sandy enclosure. After selecting a piece of beetroot with its trunk the elephant carefully shook off as much soil as possible before depositing the beet in its mouth.

Picky eater

Picky eater

The shy Knysna turaco has been on my list of must-snap birds for a long time now. Unfortunately for this shot the birdie wouldn’t stop hiding among the twigs, but hey… I’ll take it!

Shy turaco

Shy turaco

A dassie (pronounced ‘duss-ee’) is a South African rock rabbit or rock hyrax. Very cute critters who always start the day by warming up in the sunniest spot they can find.

Sunbathing dassie

Sunbathing dassie

This dassie pair looked especially daft sleeping bum-to-bum atop their small hut!

Mirror image

Mirror image

South Africa’s national animal also made an appearance…

Springbok

Springbok

… as did Australia’s.

Comical kangaroo

Comical kangaroo

I liked the expression of this ‘smiling’ hippo calf as it lounged by the pool. Hard to believe it’ll grow up to be a fat monster like its mommy! Hippos are Africa’s most dangerous creatures, killing more people than any of the continent’s great hunters. But for now this little one looks sweet and innocent.

Happy hippos

Happy hippos

In the farmyard section of the zoo, Ninja and I met this friendly little goat who nimbly leapt out of his enclosure and onto the wall. I don’t think they designed this as a petting zoo, but his pelt was amazingly soft to touch.

Farmyard escape artist

Farmyard escape artist

The Pretoria Zoo is enormous and there’s something new to look at around every corner. We felt it was a much more rewarding and interesting experience than that of the Johannesburg Zoo. The grounds are clean and well tended, the animals’ enclosures are generally larger and better laid out, and there are many more animals to see.

Manmade beauty

Manmade beauty

In the aquarium section of the zoo I found this pale pink miracle: the upside-down jellyfish. Designed that way just because the Creator can 🙂

Upside-down jellyfish

Upside-down jellyfish

The grey crowned crane is always photogenic:

Striking a pose

Striking a pose

The Cape vulture has long been a symbol of vulnerable and endangered species here in Southern Africa:

Vulnerable vulture

This spotted hyena was giving us puppy eyes 🙂

Spotted! Hyena

Spotted! Hyena

I liked this juxtaposition of a massive dusty rhino next to a dainty colourful peacock:

Beauty and the beast

Beauty and the beast

I’d never before seen the curious ‘forest giraffe’ or okapi in real life. They are striking herbivores with coats that look velvety soft. These two were sweet and affectionate with each other.

Okapi

Okapi

It was incredible to watch and hear this lioness calling out. She used all her strength to heave the deep sounds from her belly and out across the zoo.

Queen of the jungle

Queen of the jungle

The star of the zoo was definitely this alluring white tiger with his piercing pale eyes. Ninja and I thrilled to watch him closely through our binoculars… wish my camera could’ve done him justice!

Top attraction

Top attraction

The neighbouring bengal tiger was equally beautiful and positioned a little closer to his adoring fans on the other side of the fence.

Fierce beauty

In the end, it was the bengal tiger who gave me my shot of the day:

Timeless tiger

Sasol Bird Fair 2013

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Recently Ninja and I attended a Bird Fair at the Johannesburg Zoo. My main reason for attending was the three-hour workshop they offered for beginner and advanced avian photography, so unfortunately I didn’t spend too much time perusing the stalls at the Bird Fair itself. Still, it was a great day and I took a few pics during our stroll around the zoo.

I’m not going to post in too much depth about it now, though, as Ninja and I have plans to take a trip to the Pretoria Zoo soon, which is rather more impressive (from what I recall). So for now I’ll let the pictures do the talking 🙂

Kori bustard

Kori bustard

Friendly spider monkey

Friendly spider monkey

Ninja greeting the monkey

Ninja greeting the monkey

Puma

Puma

Such a beautiful big cat

Such a beautiful big cat

Autumn afternoon at the zoo

Autumn afternoon at the zoo

A pacing polar bear

A pacing polar bear

Endless, ceaseless pacing…

‘Argh, so many people staring at me!’

Lounging lioness

Have itch, will scratch

Southern reedbuck at rest

Adorable squirrels were everywhere

Adorable squirrels were everywhere

A thirsty gemsbok calf, a patient mother and a curious Egyptian goose

A thirsty gemsbok calf, a patient mother and a curious Egyptian goose

An old one-eyed zebra

An old one-eyed zebra

A very well camouflaged dikkop (spotted thick-knee)

A very well camouflaged dikkop (spotted thick-knee)

The endangered northern bald ibis

The endangered northern bald ibis

Always stunning: the peacock

Surviving a picnic in Johannesburg

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If you’re ever in Johannesburg and looking for a spot for a picnic, you can’t just spread out your red-and-white-checked blanket in any old public park. I don’t know what it’s like overseas, but here in Jozi, and pretty much everywhere in SA, we always think of safety first.

Most of our small public parks are overrun with shady characters. The bigger parks are usually fenced off to try to keep unwanted elements out… but even an eight-foot pallisade with barbed wire doesn’t necessarily mean you’re safe. For example, we have a large fenced-off, residents-only park in our neighbourhood. But Ninja and I never go in there anymore since we’ve heard of people being mugged at gunpoint in the park while innocently out walking with their dogs and kids.

Some public recreation areas started out well but over time have gained a bad rep. Emmerentia Dam in Johannesburg is a great example of this. People still use the park frequently, as it’s popular for picnics, dog walking, rowing and feeding the flocks of Egyptian geese. But there have been a few ‘incidents’ over the years, so now the whole point of going to the park in the first place – to relax and forget about the cares of life for a while – is tainted with the need to be alert and aware and suspicious all the time.

It’s almost like we Jo’burgers have a mental checklist for surviving picnics and public outings:

  1. Don’t bring any valuables. Or, if you have to bring valuables, keep them hidden.
  2. Park your car in the safest spot you can, preferably keeping it in sight the whole time, or going back periodically to check that a) it’s still there and b) it hasn’t been broken into.
  3. Take note of everyone around you. Be alert all the time.
  4. Only picnic during daylight hours, in an open spot where you’re clearly visible.
  5. Don’t interact with strangers. If anyone approaches, fob them off as soon as possible. Rudeness is better than gullibility.
  6. If you’re going to be distracted focusing on little kids or photographing the scenery, make sure one of your companions is on sentry duty.
  7. You will, of course, have companions with you. Never, never, never go to picnic places alone. Especially if you’re a woman.

I’m not exaggerating.

But on the upside, I do know of one safe spot left for picnics in Jozi: the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens. I’ve mentioned them briefly in a previous post. The gardens are vast and beautiful and well maintained and safe. You have to pay a nominal entrance fee, but I think that’s what’s saved them from deteriorating like so many other spots.

Once you’re past the ticket booth, it feels like you can relax a little at last. You’ll see the better side of Jozi stretched out before you on the rolling green lawns: families of every colour and creed; people of every shape and size. You’ll hear happy children playing and laughing adults unwinding together under the beautiful shade trees. The park enforces very strict rules about noise and littering, so you’ll find your fellow picnickers are generally pleasant and well behaved.

Most visitors bring their own picnics, but there’s also a restaurant with a kiddies’ playground. On certain days there guided walks, music shows and free yoga classes. At certain times of the year the resident black eagles attract a lot of attention at their nest near the waterfall.

The gardens are a popular place for romantic celebrations, too; we know several guys who picked that spot to propose to their girlfriends, and Ninja and I celebrated our one-year dating anniversary there too. There’s something special about this natural haven in the middle of our city. A little bit of escapism; a chance to do nothing more pressing than admire God’s creation and stare up at the sky.

Ninja and I recently picnicked there to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Here are a few photos I took on the day:

The botanical gardens on a sunny summer's day

The botanical gardens on a sunny summer’s day

The messy nest of the black eagles

The messy nest of the black eagles

A stunning male white-bellied sunbird

A stunning male white-bellied sunbird

A locust in the 'Big Bug Expo' in the gardens

A locust in the ‘Big Bug Expo’ in the gardens

All the big bugs are cleverly crafted from recycled scrap metal

All the big bugs are cleverly crafted from recycled scrap metal

Monster mozzie!

Monster mozzie!

Scrap-metal spider

Scorpion against a classic South African backdrop

Scorpion against a classic South African backdrop

A twisted tree branch

A twisted tree branch

A path to one of the hiking trails

A path to one of the hiking trails

Phew! We survived another picnic in Johannesburg. Fancy that 😛

Lipizzaners: the dancing white stallions

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Recently I was able to tick off another goal on my 101 list, namely #88 – Go to a Lipizzaner show. South Africa is privileged to be home to one of only two officially recognised performing Lipizzaner groups in the world. The other group is the original Spanish Riding School in Vienna, which made these incredible white horses so famous in the first place.

You don’t have to be a horse person to appreciate the dancing white stallions; the beauty of this art form has instant and widespread appeal. To see such powerful creatures so finely tuned to their skilled handlers is awe inspiring indeed. I’ve wanted to attend one of the Lipizzaner shows for a couple of years already, so it was exciting when our schedules worked out to go to one this weekend.

Here are a few pics from our day with the horses. Some of the photos aren’t such great quality, as in my excitement I only realised too late that I had the wrong setting on my camera for the lighting conditions at the time 😦 But anyway, you should still be able to make out some of the amazing movements the horses perform.

Presenting a tribute to the horse

Presenting a tribute to the horse

A few interesting facts about Lipizzaners:

  • All Lippizan foals are born black, gradually turning grey/white as they grow older. A handful of the horses stay dark all their lives.
  • The South African Lipizzaners are only trained and ridden by women.
  • The original horses had to be smuggled into South Africa during World War II, and at one point even disguised with tar and dirt, to make them unappealing so that they would not be killed for meat.
  • Only stallions are used for performances, although the breed mares are an important part of the programme too.
Performing the levade: a very precise lift off the ground

Performing the levade: a very precise lift off the ground

As the announcer explained to us, the levade is very different to the horse simply rearing up. If you look closely you can see the extreme control needed in the hind legs… it’s definitely not an easy position for the animals to hold.

Performing the piaffe: a very slow, controlled 'trot on the spot'

Performing the piaffe: a very slow, controlled ‘trot on the spot’

Apparently the horse is not meant to advance by more than a hoof-space during the piaffe. It’s a movement that looks so simple at first, until you realise how much training it must take to teach the animal such control.

A dark Lipizzaner leaping with all fours off the ground

A dark Lipizzaner leaping with all fours off the ground

I can’t recall which movement this dark horse was performing at the time (the pic doesn’t show it very clearly); it could have been the croupade, ballotade or capriole.

A stallion performing the courbette: a 'bunny hop' movement

A stallion performing the courbette: a ‘bunny hop’ movement

This was quite a surprising movement to see: an enormous, powerful horse ‘hopping’ on its hind legs like a bunny!

The final part of the show

The final part of the show

The show ended with an amazing, varied parade of six riders and their mounts. What made the day even more exciting was that after the show we were allowed to walk past the stables and feed carrots to the horses.

Nom nom nom!

Nom nom nom!

A wonderful day all told, and a chance to admire these superb animals that have been dancing with humans for centuries. Watching them, I was reminded of another white horse:

“Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True … And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.”

~ Revelation 19:11, 14 ~

I highly recommend going to see a Lipizzaner show if you ever have the opportunity 🙂