22 June 2013

Dear Coco

It is now Wednesday and our holiday is over half way. We had a lovely lazy morning in the beautiful surrounds of Bateleur camp - checking out the butterflies,
and flowers - a Wild Rock Jasmine (Jasminium stenolobum
and a Wild Morning Glory (Merremia palmata) twining around the electrified fence.
We found a map of the area - and decided to go exploring. We saw:-
A female Double-banded Sandgrouse trying to vanish in the mopane scrub,
Hyena spoor,
and hippos in the Silvervis Dam.
We climbed up Tshanga Hill - a wonderful spot where you are allowed to get out and walk,
and admire the view from the top. Somewhere in that photo is Bateleur camp.
Simon on Tshanga Hill.
The Alf and Phil relaxing on Tshanga Hill in a conveniently placed bench.
Back home and Kerryn prepared some sandwiches to toast, with advice and encouragement from Simon.
The Alf and Phil organized liquid refreshments, beer for them and
a tasty cider for me. (As you can see it disappeared so fast, I nearly missed getting a photo of it.)
Phil and Kerryn made a fire for toasted sandwiches.
Just the most delicious and nyummmmy sandwiches I have ever tasted.
This Monkey Pod (Cassia petersiana) was growing next to our hut.
A Tree Squirrel visitor - these squirrels leave no plate or packet or bin unexplored. We needed you and Dougal to chase them away.
That night we went on an amazing game drive with Paul Mgiba - and saw a leopard, these two lions who were harassing a HUGE herd of buffalo and lots of wonderful birds and animals.
Caught in the flashlight - drinkles on a bridge over a crocodile infested river with Paul Mgiba, the knowledgeable and warm camp manager of Bateleur Camp.
I think the lions would have blown your and Dougal's minds! Just as well you werent there to bark and shout at them Coco!
Hope you are well. Give Leticia our love.
love to you and Doog and the Fat Cat
x The Food Lady x 

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