I do seem to go off on a tangent pretty easily, was always my problem at school too. Used to be accused of ‘day dreaming’ when a teacher droned on and on about something and I removed myself to a different dimension. Here is an example I still remember, the teacher was rumbling on about the Wars of the Roses (UK History) and somehow I found myself in my mum garden, she loved then and still does, growing roses. Now where would you rather be, in my Mum’s garden with the colours and smells of the roses or listening to somebody who has no enthusiasm for their subject, in a monotone voice reciting facts!!! Easy for me to answer hahahahahaha - it was not an issue in the lesson but alas homework was often challenging, handing in an essay on red roses mixing with white roses to make pink roses was not the sort of thing that was appreciated.
So, as I mentioned earlier, today we leave the Mara. The airstrip we are flying from is about and hours drive away from camp so we have decided to have breakfast in camp instead of a picnic one then head out for a game drive en-route to the plane, no hurry and far more fun. Now for my catchphrase ‘What did we see????’
I know I have taken a few photos of waterbuck but I had to put this one in, what a magnificent guy and I love head shots of animals, especially ones where I can see their eyes.
I think I did pretty well getting such a cracking shot of his head because then he turned tail and scarped - movement shots are pretty cool too in my book :)
Mrs. Hyena, is not feeling very comfortable, bless her, we saw her waddle down, trying to find a cool spot, heavily pregnant. We guess she will have her cubs either today or tomorrow looking at her. She is not a young lass, been in this position before many times more than likely but even so you can’t help your sympathy going out to her.
It really is ‘baby season’ around here, rather good to capture a warthog in this pose, unable to run off for once hahahaha
Kids were quick with their breakfast top up and soon Mrs. Warthog and her young family were off walking again.
We stopped by the river, not far from the airstrip, yep we are early and no point hanging around somewhere when you can hang around somewhere better first. What a large pod of hippo wallowing in the water, keeping cool or it is just a way or relieving the leg joints from carrying around their huge weight.
A quick swing of the camera to capture my beautiful Africa, the plains, the trees, the blue unpolluted sky - the only thing missing here I can’t share with you is the smell, oh the smell of the land, precious, unmistakable, never forgotten once experienced and unchanged.
Can’t forget the river, that would not be fair.
Pete and Alan enjoying the view, happy faces, good friends for life.
Across the river a few crocs are warming up, absorbing the heat of the sun through their thick skins or maybe digesting dinner. I am really thankful I have not seen a kill, no desire to see an animal, or a human, by natural killing techniques of worse still through weapons created by us, such an intelligent species!!!! I turn away from the TV when this sort of thing is happening, no need to see blood, no need to see pain, no need to see suffering. Part of life I know but I choose to put it to one side or else I know what will happen - tears, tears and more tears. I certainly don’t understand violent computer games either, why on earth does one get enjoyment out of taking life or even harming a living creature is beyond my comprehension - what a cold hearted species we can be!!!!
And now we reach the airstrip.
Alan and Pete in the 'departure lounge’
A final farewell photo with William, one awesome guide with a great sense of the land and a fabulous smile.
Our plane arrives, time to board.
Flying over the Rift Valley is not as I imagined. I recall the road, the steep drops, the tight bends before reaching the base of the valley and flatness. Looking down from here one can see it is made up of steps - fascinating stuff.
Alas from here the destruction of the natural land for farming is all to obvious as well. I have seen this so many times on television but somehow seeing like this with my eyes really brings home what we are doing to our Mother Earth, to nature, to our future!!
And the closer to Nairobi we get the chopping up of the landscape get worse and worse to a point I could not longer look or may well have exploded with rage.
Touchdown at Wilson Airport, I can smell a coffee coming on.
When we left Wilson I tried to get a photo of where Alan used to fly from, not very successfully I should add so tried again, don’t know if I have done any better lol.
Late in the afternoon, back at Pete and Mo’s house Mandy and her family came to visit. OK, so you don’t know who Amanda Howson is so I will tell you. Mandy is the daughter of Ken and Pat, very good friends of ours from ‘then’ and I will chat more about them in a later post. On our last day in Kenya we stayed with Ken and Pat, it was Ken who drove us to the airport and arranged for our four boxed to be exported. During the afternoon, Mandy had a pony ride booked so we decided to give Natasha and Nicole a treat too. Our poor kids had been through so much upheaval and we all know they pick up on our vibes. I am sure you can imagine how Alan and I were feeling, leaving our home, leaving Africa, leaving what we knew for an unknown and uncertain future. Natasha and Nicole were fabulous, they trundled along, not playing up, not being naughty, just accepting :)
So here you have either the last photo or the second last photo ever taken as we left Kenya in 1984. Nicole in the background, Mandy in the middle and Natasha to the right (you will have to show Jay this photo Natasha
Here we have Mandy now with her hubby and two kids, all grown up and what a beautiful lady, inside and out, she has turned into too :)
Time now to sigh off for today and prepare for the zoo visit tomorrow to the supermarket. A different sort of animal viewing and far more stressful lol.
Night night all.