African wild animals and RISKKO discovers an African donut farm

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This week I am going to introduce you to some of the fierce (and often cute) wild animals that live on our doorstep in Africa. First of all let me introduce RISKKO’s personal trainer called Charlie.

Charlie the cheerful crocodile teaches RISKKO how to do press-ups on the rocks at Sandy Bay
Charlie the cheerful ‘trainee’ crocodile teaches RISKKO how to do press-ups on the rocks at Sandy Bay

Charlie is training to be a fierce crocodile and so whenever we see him he shows off his press-ups on the rocks near our home.

In my earlier blog article about the Sandy Bay beaches (you can find it here) I described the many rock pools that we have around our local beaches. We are often among the first people to visit the beach in the morning and RISKKO has made friends with the crabs who live here. Below is a picture of one of them called ‘Crusty’.

RISKKO plays with Crusty the crazy crab on Sandy Bay beach near Cape Town
RISKKO plays with Crusty the crazy crab on Sandy Bay beach near Cape Town

Here is a picture of some of the rock pools. These are next to Sandy Bay’s smaller beach.

RISKKO explores the Rock Pools around Sandy Bay looking for pearl oysters
RISKKO explores the Rock Pools around Sandy Bay looking for pearl oysters

Dogs have very sensitive hearing which means that RISKKO is able to listen to molluscs like clams and mussels. This can be very useful because Molluscs can tell us where to the best pearl oysters live. In the past Sandy Bay was very famous for its pearl oyster beds. In fact there is a story that before the area became famous one of the first settlers in Llandudno came across a beautiful naked girl gathering pearls from around the rocks and caves around Sandy Bay. Apparently this was how it first got its reputation as Cape Town’s unofficial nudist beach. It was probably also the inspiration for the beach scene in Dr No (OK – well perhaps I have used a little artistic license here – but it is nice to think that Sean Connery and Ursula Andress would have prefered to meet here had they been given the choice!)

RISKKO gets advice from Molluscs Millie, Mandy, and Mabel, about where to find Pearl Oysters around Sandy Bay
RISKKO gets advice from Molluscs Millie, Mandy, and Mabel, about where to find Pearl Oysters around Sandy Bay

One day as we were looking for pearl oysters we came across some donuts (or ‘dough nuts’ for the language police). Many readers probably just think of donuts as something you buy in the store or restaurant and that they taste yummy. They do not even stop to consider where donuts actually come from (or more precisely where they grow). Well do not let it be said that this site does not help to educate our global readership. Clearly donuts like most other foods have to grow somewhere. There are lots of donuts living in the rock pools around Sandy Bay and I have captured some of them in the photographs below.

RISKKO finds delicious looking donuts growing in the rock pools among the mussels and pearl oysters
RISKKO finds delicious looking donuts growing in the rock pools among the mussels and pearl oysters
A perfectly formed doughnut growing in the rock pools
A perfectly formed doughnut growing in the rock pools
Mother donut and her child playing happily in the rock pools near Sandy Bay
Mother donut and her child playing happily in the rock pools near Sandy Bay

Donuts live in many of the rock pools at Sandy Bay and you occasionally find them growing in rather inconvenient locations as the picture below illustrates. Clearly this rock did not take too nicely to having a donut growing on top of his head. Well I guess at least it could be useful if the rock every gets hungry and fancies a quick snack.

One of the African rocks was not too happy about having a donut growing on his head
One of the African rocks was not too happy about having a donut growing on his head

As well as donuts and apprentice crocodiles there are lots of other animals to be found here. Below is one of the local lizards (Lizzy) who likes to play hide and seek with RISKKO.

RISKKO playing hide and seek with Lizzy the Llandudno lizard
RISKKO playing hide and seek with Lizzy the Llandudno lizard

Seeing Lizzy reminded us of Sally Manda the friendly Salamander who likes to cuddle with RISKKO when he is out walking in the Bavarian forests. If you would like to read more about this the link is here.

Sally-Manda the Salamander whispers into RISKKOs ear
Sally Manda the Salamander whispers into RISKKO’s ear

Now getting back to Africa (and summer) here is a picture of the wild countryside where RISKKO goes hunting for vicious animals. See if you can spot the little lions head.

RISKKOs play ground where he plays with the wild animals - can you spot the little lions head?
RISKKO’s play ground where he plays with the wild animals – can you spot the little lions head?

Every week we like to share with our readers some of the pretty flowers that we come across during our travels. This week is daisy time. Daisies some times get forgotten but are among the most beautiful flowers you can find. Here are some pictures taken from around Sandy Bay and the little lions head mountain. All of the photographs are taken using high-definition photography so you can see more detail by clicking on the pictures.

RISKKO particularly like the wild African yellow and purple daisies growing along the path to Sandy Bay beach
RISKKO particularly like the wild African yellow and purple daisies growing along the path to Sandy Bay beach

I will complete this weeks article with some more pictures of the flowers (see below). I intend to publish some more exotic pictures of local vegetation in future weeks so if you like flowers please pop-by again. Just watch out for any wild animals!

Chris Duggleby.

Close up of the yellow and purple African daisies growing on the path to Sandy Bay Cape Town
Close up of the yellow and purple African daisies growing on the path to Sandy Bay Cape Town
RISKKOs African playground has lots of pretty yellow wild flowers
RISKKO’s African playground also has lots of pretty yellow wild flowers
If you like colourful daisies come and join RISKKO in Africa - there are lots
If you like colourful daisies come and join RISKKO in Africa – there are lots
RISKKO sitting in a bed of beautiful white daisies near to Sandy Bay beach
RISKKO sitting in a bed of beautiful white daisies near to Sandy Bay beach
Who needs a rockery when the flowers just spring out of the rocks on your door step - South Africa - a model for heaven's garden
Who needs a rockery when the flowers just spring out of the rocks on your door step – South Africa – a model for heaven’s garden
Growing next to the colourful purple African daisies are their white cousins nature shows us how beautiful diversity can be
Growing next to the colourful purple African daisies are their white cousins nature shows us how beautiful diversity can be
If you like beautiful flowers come and join us in Africa or if that is not possible please visit my website again
If you like beautiful flowers come and join us in Africa or if that is not possible please visit my website again

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