Blogging From A-Z Road trip

Time for the 2016 A to Z Post Challenge Road Trip

Now I invite you to join us on the 6th annual Post-Challenge Road Trip, a meandering journey through the 2016 list of A-Z participants, at your own pace, with your own rules, and very few expectations.

A few strategies that may have worked for Road Trippers include…

  • Visiting all the blogs with similar topics or categories as yours
  • Visiting all the blogs whose names make you curious
  • Visiting all the blogs at even (or odd) numbers on the list
  • Start from where you left off and keep on truckin’…
  • Visiting blogs that are low (or high, or in the middle) on the list
  • Visiting blogs randomly by just clicking on titles located in different areas of the list

Visit Blogging from A to Z for more information.

Reflections on Blogging from A-Z 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed my first year of

Blogging from A-Z

April 2016.

I survived the twenty-six days of blogging.

I read some interesting blogs and

started following some awesome blogs too.

Here is some interesting information on the likes and comments for my twenty-six days.

Most likes = 24 the letter M – Millie, Molly and Munro

Most comments = 34   Letter I – In production

The letter F had only 6 likes and 9 comments   Family!

Blogging from A-Z: Made it

After twenty-six days of blogging, I came to the end with pride in my heart.

When starting I wondered if I would make it to the end.

I enjoyed every moment of it.

Many lovely people had a look at my posts and gave positive comments.

Some started following my blog and I also visited awesome posts.

A big thank you to all my Afrikaans followers who also participated in the challenge.

Thank you to all the organisers, you are all stars.

Blogging from A-Z: Letter Z




These are only a few of the animals at

Wellington ZOO  New Zealand

Wellington Zoo was the first in New Zealand to house Meerkats in 1991. Today you can spot our mischievous mob in the African precinct, run by an alpha female and her chosen mate.

Meerkats are carnivorous and mostly eat insects. Our mob also get cat biscuits, small mice and birds, and corn as a treat. On hot days they sometimes get frozen corn iceblocks as a treat!

Did you know that each Meerkat has a special duty that benefits the group? The babysitter stays close to the burrow, with youngsters under their care. The sentry scans the sky for predators, and the hunters dig for food. The teacher shows juveniles how to hunt.

Blogging from A-Z: Letter Y




“Yesterday”, written entirely (or almost entirely– read on) by Paul McCartney, is either the most, or second most, recorded song of all-time. (Guinness World Records claimed it was the most, but this has been contested with others claiming George Gershwin’s 1935 “Summertime” is the true owner of that mantle.) Whatever the case, to date, at least 4,000 different versions of the classic “Beatles” tune have been recorded by artists as diverse as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Liberace, Tammy Wynette, Daffy Duck (!), The Mamas and the Papas, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles and Placido Domingo.

More “Y”s



Blogging from A-Z: Letter X


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Xylophone made from wood horns and “kalbasse”

Photo was taken in Zambia next to the Zambezi River on our way to the helicopter that took us over the Victoria Falls. 2005

The term xylophone may be used generally, to include all such instruments, such as the marimba, balafon and even the semantron. However, in the orchestra, the term xylophone refers specifically to a chromatic instrument of somewhat higher pitch range and driertimbre than the marimba, and these two instruments should not be confused.

Extra “X”


Blogging from A-Z: Letter W




It is WEDNESDAY and we do the letter “W”


Follow-up of Victoria Waterfall.

Opvolg van Waterval


1971: My first ride in an aeroplane! My sister and I visited South  America. We had an awesome time there. One of the highlights was the trip to Iguazu and the Iguazu Falls.

I took the following photos. They are not the best but they are precious to me. I took them with a Kodak asthmatic camera. The photos are slides that I copied onto my computer.

My sister and I

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At the hotel, they had these very tame parrots. We did not trust them at all!

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Waterfall from the aeroplane.

Iguazu Falls are located where the Iguazu River tumbles over the edge of the Paraná Plateau, 23 kilometres (14 mi) upriver from the Iguazu’s confluence with the Paraná River.[1] Numerous islands along the 2.7-kilometre-long (1.7 mi) edge divide the falls into many separate waterfalls and cataracts, varying between 60 to 82 metres (197 to 269 ft) high. The number of these smaller waterfalls fluctuates from 150 to 300, depending on the water level. Approximately half of the river’s flow falls into a long and narrow chasm called the Devil’s Throat (Garganta del Diablo in Spanish or Garganta do Diabo in Portuguese).[1] The Devil’s Throat is U-shaped, 82 metres high, 150 m wide, and 700 m long (269×492×2,297 ft). Place names have been given also to many other smaller falls, such as San Martín Falls, Bossetti Falls, and many others.

Extra “W”


Blogging from A-Z: Letter V


Fresh vegetables are very delicious.

I had the opportunity to work in a community garden for about a year and a half. There were lovely veggies  and I enjoyed them a lot.

I used them to cook fresh food for a centre for toddlers.




Lots of water


Very dry year!

While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, it is classified as the largest, based on its combined width of 1,708 metres (5,604 ft)[7] and height of 108 metres (354 ft),[8] resulting in the world’s largest sheet of falling water. Victoria Falls is roughly twice the height of North America’s Niagara Falls and well over twice the width of its Horseshoe Falls. In height and width Victoria Falls is rivalled only by Argentina and Brazil’s Iguazu Falls.

There are two islands on the crest of the falls that are large enough to divide the curtain of water even at full flood: Boaruka Island (or Cataract Island) near the western bank, and Livingstone Island near the middle—the point from which Livingstone first viewed the falls. At less than full flood, additional islets divide the curtain of water into separate parallel streams. The main streams are named, in order from Zimbabwe (west) to Zambia (east): Devil’s Cataract (called Leaping Water by some), Main Falls, Rainbow Falls (the highest) and the Eastern Cataract.

Ekstra blogs met “V”




Blogging from A-Z: Letter U


2010 I visited my sister in South Africa. She had to take dramatic black and white photos using an umbrella. (Can’t remember what the challenge was!) I tried my best to be a “model” but I doubt it that it was a big success.


UNIEGEBOU, Suid Afrika

The following photo is the only one I have to remind me of the building.

My son took it 2004/5 while flatting in Pretoria(Tswane)


These buildings, built from light sandstone, were designed by the architect Sir Herbert Baker[6] in the English monumental style and are 285 m long. They have a semi-circular shape, with the two wings at the sides, this serves to represent the union of a formerly divided people.[7] The clock chimes are identical to those of Big Ben in London.[8] The east and west wings, as well as the twin-domed towers, represent two languages, English and Afrikaans, and the inner court symbolises the Union of South Africa.[9] These buildings are considered by many to be the architect’s greatest achievement and a South African architectural masterpiece. The Nelson Mandela statue in Sandton City’s Nelson Mandela Square was commissioned originally to stand on the spot where Nelson Mandela gave his inaugural address.[10]



1952 het ons as gesin in Pretoria aangekom en vir amper drie jaar in Johan Straat gebly. Die huis was my ma se niggie se huis. Omtrent 3/4 huise van die hoek  waar Johan Straat aansluit met Kerkstraat was die Uniegebou (op foto) soos ons dit gesien het as ons op daardie hoek gestaan het.

Ons het baie kere opgeloop na die Uniegebou, wat vir n kind van sewe, agt jaar n hele ent was. Ek kan onthou dat ons moeg was as ons bo gekom het. Ons het meer net langs die standbeeld van Louis Botha en op gras piekniek gehou.

n Pragtige gebou met baie geskiedenis in en om hom.

Ekstra “U”s





Nog n “T” van Tannie Frannie wat Tee en twak gebruik het

Blogging from A-Z: Letter T





New Zealand names:


Tūī are unique (endemic) to New Zealand and belong to the honeyeater family, which means they feed mainly on nectar from flowers of native plants such as kōwhai, puriri, rewarewa, kahikatea, pohutukawa, rātā and flax. Occasionally they will eat insects too.

They are important pollinators of many native trees and will fly large distances, especially during winter for their favourite foods.

Tūī will live where there is a balance of ground cover, shrubs and trees. They are quite aggressive, and will chase other tūī and other species (such as bellbird, silvereye and kereru) away from good food sources.

Tūī perched on a harakeke / New Zealand flax. Photo: © Sabine Bernert.


They are the only surviving members of the order Sphenodontia, which was well represented by many species during the age of the dinosaurs, some 200 million years ago. All species exept for the tuatara declined and eventually became extinct about 60 million years ago.

Tuatara are therefore of huge international interest to biologists. They are recognised internationally and within New Zealand as species in need of active conservation management.

Tuatara with banding. Photo: Paul Little (DOC use only).