Friday, March 23, 2018

Healing skies and surroundings

 Sunrise earlier this week over the farm where I live

  The afternoon sun playing over my lawn on Sunday

I had a summer cold for ten days. Praise God it's finally over. I didn't go to bed or even stay home from the shop. Yet I healed. I believe it's the beautiful surroundings in which I live. Thanks to all who sent me get-well wishes.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Kenya, point of my heart...

Three days ago I clicked my Kindle onto the screensaver as I usually do when I'm finished reading.  The next time I picked it up, opened the cover, I noticed that Emily Dickinson's daguerreotype was a lot fuzzier than normal. I slid the open switch to "on";  it shone green but nothing happened. 

Ergh.   I don't have many traditional books in my house.  

I felt lost. 


The next day Caroline arrived at my shop with a bag of bones which she collects for Skabenga and the shop kitty. And a book which she'd been telling me about! Actually, she'd waxed lyrical about it and said she'd bring it down to the shop.

I told her it was most fortuitous that she brought it at this time, as I had nothing to read. And that was a disaster! LOL! 
 A love story about elephants and other wildlife in Kenya 
as told by Daphne Sheldrick 

My blogger friends who've known me for the past eight years, may remember that Grant and I spent one of the best years of our lives on a remote mine site in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya. I met blogger friend, Penny (Snap That) in Nakuru, Kenya a few miles across the Equator. And what a blessed meeting that was. Penny and I were reminiscing via e-mail earlier this week, how we've remained online friends for all these years. I firmly believe that one day I'll be able to go back to East Africa and visit the two countries, Kenya and Tanzania, where we spent several happy years.   Penny may be visiting there the same time; in fact I'll make sure I go over when she is there! Imagine that!    

At home I started on the book, struggling quite a bit in the beginning because the print seems small and quite dull, being on paper and not on a screen as I'm used to reading. But I soon got into the book and wow, am I enjoying it! There are so many places which the author mentions that are familiar to me. I feel quite sad that I can't say to Grant, "Listen to this" and read an excerpt to him, with us both saying: "Oh wow, We used to pass through the village of Gilgil or Narok on the way out of the Valley." Or "And here's a bit about Lake Naivasha  where we photographed huge flocks of flamingos." You can imagine this book is full of nostalgia for me...

Ironically, as I turned on the radio this morning, what did I hear on the news, but that Sudan, the last Northern white rhino male has died in Kenya .  See here

Today is also Human Rights Day in South Africa.  I pray that South Africa will finally be healed of the past atrocities of the previous regime against humanity. 

And that justice, freedom, equality and unity will prevail.




Man requires three things in life: Identity, Stimulation and Security and the most important of these is Identity. 

David Sheldrick 

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