Billy and Sweet Pea are so much tamer now than when I first arrived. They are used to me and I'll miss them while I'm on leave
My first concern when I realised we'd be leaving the city before the General Manager (the budgies' owner) returns from the USA, was who would take care of Billy and Sweetpea? They have become so used to me and are a lot tamer than they were three weeks ago. You can read about our birdsitting stint here. There was no way under the hot African sun, that I was leaving dear little Billy and Sweet Pea with the building caretaker. (Who knows, he may disappear for ten days again and then who'd look after the birds?) Apparently he'd looked after them before and the feral cats got one, leaving only one survivor, Billy. The owner since bought another budgie, Sweet Pea which makes up the present pair. Of course, for me, leaving these two with him is not an option at all. I asked hubby if his technician, Marcial - a kind-hearted Philipino gentleman - would take care of the birds. He asked Marcial this week who said it would only be a pleasure. My husband contacted the owner who was also very happy that Marcial would be taking over the birdsitting duties until he returns to the Sudan.
On Friday, which is Sunday in Sudan, we took the birds across the city to Marcial's home. My husband and Marcial have also been feeding a stray dog at the workshop. When I heard about it, I began to place table scraps and into a plastic container for the dog, whom we've named Curry. On Monday my husband took photos of Curry who was petrified everytime the flash went off, but so hungry that he kept coming back to his food. I cannot post the photos as the dog is so thin that it makes me cry to see him. However, Marcial will continue to feed Curry in our absence. I have given him a couple of tubs of rice and meat scraps (thank goodness my husband is a carnivore!) to add to his leftovers while we're gone.
When we returned to the flat yesterday, we packed our respective cabin luggage. This is the first time I'd ever travelled with handluggage only, but it makes it much simpler to do this when flying across the African continent.
On [this] Saturday evening John, Debbie and the children will meet us at the airport and then it's a mere 160kms/100miles home. I'm looking forward to seeing our family, grandchildren and pets again. After attending church in the morning, we'll have a braai (South African for BBQ) in the garden. A blessedly quiet Sunday with all our loved ones again.