I was getting into my stride with posting but then I went to visit my children in the USA and had a heart attack while there. Not fun and I think my wings have been clipped as far as going to the USA is concerned - my children cannot afford me over there !!!!
Recovery has been gradual, unlike previous events and the bypass. This time I took a bit of a hit. Anyway I'm up and about again and an update is in order.
I've built a bat-house !!!! A neighbour of mine had bats in his roof and he got rid of them so easily - I will not tell you how because seeing those bats dead was not pleasant and I don't want it repeated ----- ever !!!!! The long and the short of it is that I looked up "bats" on the internet and found out that our only flying mammal "friends" are under threat worldwide. How is that mankind cannot live with these little creatures ??? We destroy their habitat and when they move into our rooftops we exterminate them. I determined to make them welcome while I'm still alive.
I already had the solar geyser erected on poles and could easily build a house for my friends (I'll do my part) under the panel. It was not necessary to have them in the roof of my house.
Well today I completed the carpentry and the erection - only the painting remains.
As an aside, South Africa has a long and rich association with bats. When President Paul Kruger of the old Transvaal Republic had a rail line constructed to LM in Maputo he ordered that bathouses be built along the line to counter the malaria mosquito threat. That may not have been so effective but it does show that at that time they were regarded as friends and not vermin. These little creatures do not have to be watered or fed - we can use their droppings as fertiliser and they help us in our battle against flying insects with no insecticides involved. How did we become so alienated ?????
Now my fondest hope is that they will find and occupy the dwelling I have constructed for them. When and if they do they will be welcome and you will be the first to know. I pray that when they send out their audio signals their new house will return a big hollow ECHO and they will investigate and find it suitable.