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A bug is eating my spinach leaves!

A bug is eating my spinach leaves … but more about that later.

Late visits and a continued blogging streak

I’m late in visiting all your wonderful Weekend Coffee Shares. I started work this week and have less time to dedicate to blogging. So far I’ve managed to make WordPress happy by blogging every day. I wonder for how long they’ll congratulate me on my blogging streak?

A bug is eating my spinach leaves!

On another point. I’ve been wondering which small bug is creating lacework out of the spinach and tomato plant leaves. Today I caught the culprit in the act but I don’t know what the name of this bug is. I know some of you are avid gardeners, so if anyone knows, please let me know. I’ve sprayed the plants with soapy water and the aphids are under control but these little critters keep coming back. They look ladybug like but aren’t ladybugs.

A bug is eating my spinach leaves!
This little critter is eating my spinach leaves
©2020 Regina Martins

Cooler weather

The weather has cooled down a bit. It’s quite a relief in a sense. It rained the whole day yesterday but today it was dry. It might rain later or tomorrow. Our garden is happy and the new grass seeds are yielding grass already, the shoots thin and green. What is a bonus is that we don’t need to water our garden when it rains.


We picked more tomatoes today – a few big ones and a whole punnet of cocktail tomatoes. I’m adamant that this year we pick them when they’re just short of ripe to ensure that we eat most of them instead of the birds. It’s bad enough that the doves and the weavers steal the cat pellets! Next to the bananas, the tomatoes ripen rather well. And speaking of bananas, I’ve not been able to get fresh ones for two weeks now. I’ve still got some frozen which are great for smoothies. Perhaps this week the shop will have replenished their supply.

Well, that’s it for today. It’s been a house and home kind of post. Have a wonderful day!

2020: Lockdown life October in review

This is part of my year in review. Writing one post will make it too long, so I’m breaking each month into a separate post. This is the latest instalment of lockdown life.

 And so we get to October. It was quite an auspicious month not only because it was my birthday, but it was also the month that our family got together since February. And what better occasion than my birthday :). Isn’t my birthday cake gorgeous, baked by The Pastry Chef Bakery?

lockdown life birthday cake
Sprinkles birthday cake
©2020 Regina Martins

The lockdown life photoshoot

Back in April, I organised a professional photoshoot for my niece’s prom – which was cancelled due to Covid restrictions in South Africa (of course, it was also the right thing to do in the context of the pandemic). So I repurposed it to a family photoshoot.

The lockdown life amaryllis

One other thing of note that happened this month is the amaryllis flowered! Look at how gorgeous it is!

The lockdown life rebounder

I ordered a rebounder and was eagerly waiting for it. The seller informed me of the delay in imported shipments due to Covid at Durban harbour. I felt that sitting the whole day in front of a computer wasn’t great for my health and fitness. There was no time to do a meaningful daily walk and rebounding was something I could do at the end of the day. I’d done two classes in January that I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s also a great lymph flow and drainage exercise – essential for good health.

On a general note: during the course of the year, local deliveries became efficient and my expectations were frequently exceeded. I’m so impressed at how they courier came to the party; this also meant that people still had jobs.

That’s it for October. Have you checked out September?