Of Waterfalls and Bird Baths by Maretha Botha – Part Two

Don’t worry if you missed Part One – You can check it out here!

Things in the kitchen have been less than ideal.  You might remember that Honey Badger took a watermelon, cracked it open and left a few pieces for the birds on Grandpa’s barbecue table.  Well, as you might imagine, he is not impressed when he wants to make an early dinner for his grandchildren.

Of Waterfalls and Bird Baths by Maretha Botha
Honey Badger has an idea!

‘The mess on this table is unbelievable!’ he says to Grandma, who has her hands on her hips. ‘What are we going to do about that honey badger’s shenanigans? He’s getting almost as bad as the monkeys when they come close to the kitchen,’ she replies.

‘What things are “shenanigans”, Grandma?’ Josh wants to know.

Of Waterfalls and Bird Baths by Maretha Botha
Monkey shenanigans!

‘Hmmm . . . I suppose it’s just another word for getting into mischief.  If the monkeys were responsible for the mess, I would say that they are up to monkey business,’ Grandma tries to explain, but the children are already thinking about something else.

The Crimson-breasted Shrike’s throws his head back

‘Grandma, I see that the birds are having fun slipping and sliding on the watermelon pieces. They’re also sipping all its droplets – just look at that crimson-breasted shrike. He throws his head back while drinking all the lovely watermelon juice. I’m going to sneak up on them and try to make video of their antics – just look at the chickens – they’re all joining in the fun.

Of Waterfalls and Bird Baths by Maretha Botha
Yum, fresh, cool watermelon!

My friends at school will be happy to learn more about the wild birds here at the lodge.  It would be great if they always have some water to play in.  Maybe the honey badger did them a favour,’ Kate says, sounding very grown-up.

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A beautiful water feature

‘Grandpa, I think we must build a small pond with a waterfall for the birds, because they can’t really swim in watermelon juice, can they? And it’s been so hot! I’m glad we have a swimming pool at the back of the lodge!’ little Josh says, glad that his Grandfather agrees, nodding his head slowly while wiping sweat off his brow.

‘I agree.  Even though we have everything, the birds seem to have a real problem.  Let’s go see what we need to build a small pond.  Grandma and Kate can find ideas, looking at some pictures on the Internet in the meantime,’ Grandpa suggests.

Of Waterfalls and Bird Baths by Maretha Botha

If they looked up in the nearby tree, they might’ve spotted the monkeys giving each other Hi-Fives, well monkey kind of Hi-Fives – chattering more and knocking their palms on their heads.

The honey badger is also not to be seen anywhere. He’s following SweetTweet, the honeyguide – even watermelon juice can get boring for a honey badger – soon he’ll be lying on his back, licking a dripping honeycomb!

Stories from South Africa by Maretha Botha
Maretha Botha

About Maretha Botha

Author, illustrator Maretha Botha admits to being addicted to black coffee and chocolate. She and her family loves the outdoors and hike on the moors whenever possible. Gardening and bird watching are favourite past-times. She has written and illustrated a series of children’s books for young readers 9-13 years, called “Fauna Park Tales” (See Below).

Books 1-4 are available in Kindle as well as black and white illustrated paperbacks, approximately 20,000 words each, and make excellent middle-grade chapter books.

Amazon AUTHOR PAGE – Maretha Botha 

African Adventure Books:

Book 1 – Flame and Hope: An African Adventure

Book 2 – Friends: An African Adventure

Book 3 – The Orphans’ Plight: An African Adventure

Book 4 – Trails and Trials: An African Adventure 

Meet Maretha Online:

Fauna Park Tales Blog

Maretha’s Blog: A Reflection of a Writer’s Journey

Fauna Park Tales Facebook Page

Maretha Botha Facebook Author Page


Trails and Trials: An African Adventure – Fauna Park Tales (Kindle Edition)

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Of Waterfalls and Bird Baths by Maretha Botha – Part Two
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