In South Africa we have an expression local is lekker. It is a true South Africanism as it is mixture of English and Afrikaans (and in turn derived from Dutch). In the culinary context lekker means tasty and lekkers mean sweets, but this expression is certainly not limited to food and is normally not used in a culinary context. It denotes anything enjoyable from your area be that the continent, country, province/state or town. It may be art, food, wine, clothing, people or places. The term is so generic that it can literally be applied to anything you enjoy or prefer (and at the same time it is so non-generic that its usage is limited to South Africa). There is even a website with advice to foreign travelers stating that South African English is lekker, explaining the influences of the native languages on English.
I travel regularly in South Africa. If you follow my blog or have seen my other contributions to the WordPress weekly photo challenge you would have noticed that this country has diverse and beautiful places and numerous amazing animals. I try to go to unusual places or try to capture the unusual in my normal environment. This week I am as local as can be as I am zooming into the front yard of my own home in a built up suburb, which is part of the greater Cape Town.
About a month ago I was fixing the irrigation system in my garden as it is becoming warmer in the southern hemisphere and as the plants and I have an agreement – if I give them H2O they will give me O2… I got quite a fright as one or other bird flew up in surprise. As I was focusing on the ground I didn’t even notice what bird it was, but I surely ended up being more surprised than the bird. More than 30 eggs stared at me! From the feathers I realized that it must be guinea fowl. Problem is this is not the only animal localized in this yard. The cats have not yet become aware of the guinea fowl as the nest is hidden from their view, but if those eggs should hatch!! Silly bird!! This week the camera lens focuses on the uninvited and invited animals at my home.
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