Thelma’s Faceplant

Hubby and I were returning from a very rewarding game drive. After a couple of very unremarkable drives, our luck had improved and we had spotted some of our favourites and were looking forward to a relaxing dinner and a game of 30 seconds with the kids. Our driveway veers to the left and justContinue reading “Thelma’s Faceplant”

Zebra Cliffhanger

The late afternoon sky was broody and the scattered clouds hung in the sky like forgotten washing on a clothesline. The plains game were resolutely going about their business, when I came upon a scene that sucked the air out of my lungs and sent a jolt of pain through my stomach.  A zebra foalContinue reading “Zebra Cliffhanger”

Sonic, boom!

A continuation of the Sonic story. Some of you may remember my story about Sonic the nyala who survived a predator attack and whose setbacks would have seen the human equivalent undergoing physio and chiro for weeks in order to correct the damage done. There would be time to lie in your bed and recover,Continue reading “Sonic, boom!”

Monkey gets the lion’s share!

Zaza has been an inventor since the time she could move around independently. Always making stuff and trying out new things. A lot of the time it turned out to be an utter disaster, but when she got it right, she had us all stunned. A craze many parents would like to forget about isContinue reading “Monkey gets the lion’s share!”

Wild Dog Hunt

4:30 am. My alarm goes off. I reach for it and press snooze. An unrelenting tap tap tap on my shoulder. A small face, with a cascade of hair two centimetres from mine. “Aren’t we going on a drive?”. I pull myself out of a deep slumber and smile at my littlest. “Ok. Give meContinue reading “Wild Dog Hunt”

Harold goes for a game drive

I have had an assortment of visitors go for a game drive with me, many of them human, but also innumerable insects and way too many arachnids. There is nothing more disconcerting to me than having a spider run across the windscreen when I am driving and then have the audacity to try to comeContinue reading “Harold goes for a game drive”

Baboons’ Bash in the Bush

OK. Let’s just say it straight out. Baboons are a colossal pain in the butt. I understand that this is their space and they have more of a right to be here than we do, but they are still an utter pestilence when you are forced to share a space with them. We’ve all hadContinue reading “Baboons’ Bash in the Bush”

Tropical Storm Eloise

The first I heard about Tropical Storm Eloise was a warning issued on our Estate’s WhatsApp group, which I glanced at and then carried on with what I was doing. It definitely registered, but no alarm bells. Yet. When I started getting messages and weather reports from family members, who were a little concerned, IContinue reading “Tropical Storm Eloise”

Landrover Defender

 A tribute to a legend. Today, exactly 5 years ago, the last of the “original” Landrover Defenders rolled off the production line. The Defender was produced for over 67 years. There were many different versions with just over 2 000 000 models built during that time. In 2020, a new Landrover Defender was released and time willContinue reading “Landrover Defender”

Face to Face with an Elephant (Video)

Back to the Bush We’ve been plagued by electrical issues at Bateleur over the last couple of weeks, so on Sunday I drove through to Hoedspruit to get to the bottom of it. We rely heavily on our camera system as it give us insight into the daily happenings – and since our handyman isContinue reading “Face to Face with an Elephant (Video)”

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