Tuesday, July 17, 2012

My wonderful new world

Before I start on today's post, I'd like to thank you all for the very kind comments on my post yesterday. I also want to assure you all that I do regularly interact with other women. (Think blogging for one, LOL!)  As soon as the young man at the club had taken the photo featured in my post, I picked up my phone and forwarded the image to my two friends who weren't there that night saying I was missing them!  They responded immediately saying they missed me too and would be back soon!

Yesterday I also managed to get out of our camp, walk up to the client's camp and visit Tilla, the only other SA lady in town at the moment. We had tea and chatted non-stop for two hours! I do have Skype and e-mail and am in contact with many of you blogger friends, my sister in  Spain and my sister-in-law in South Africa. I also have regular text message contact with my friend, Sonja, in Dar es Salaam, my dear  friend, Sue in Kenya and a number of friends in South Africa.

On Sunday afternoon, for the second weekend in a row, Grant, Wessel (my IT friend who helps me with Internet issues) Marnitz, Grant's production manager and I drove out of camp into the bush. We left quite late and were rewarded with wildlife, BIRDS (YAY!) and a magnificent sunset.

 One of the mongoose family that I spotted on the side of the road

Last week I posted photos of the buck;  we saw a few again this weekend, but I wasn't able to get good photos. I also spotted a little family of banded mongoose (should that be "mongeese" ?) and Grant stopped so that I could get my first ever photo of this delightful little creature. 
 The lane of trees which lined the village housing a British community in years gone by

Once again we drove through the now non-existent village which I posted about on Sunday. My imaginations runs amok when I think of the families - apparently they were British -  that lived here; the women, prettying up their houses to create homes and making gardens, of which I found evidence, (see photo below) while the men worked on the mine in nearby Mwadui!  
A couple of bougainvillaea shrubs in this clearing, are proof that someone had a garden here in days gone by

We spotted many birds which I'll post about tomorrow and as we wended our way home, Marnitz saw a pair of Black-backed jackal. Grant had to reverse a long way back by which time the jackal had trotted off onto a side road. We followed them along this road but as the light was fading fast and taking photos through the windscreen, I only managed to get some unclear photos.

Black-backed jackal running along the road in front of the vehicle
The jackal in front, obviously unperturbed by our presence, stopped to lick its hind leg

And then it was time to capture the sunset. I've posted one of the photos and will post the others later this week on Skywatch Friday.

A glorious African sun setting behind an Acacia thorn

This post is linked to Our World Tuesday, a meme started by Klaus until his death last year and continued by Sylvia, Gattina, Arija, Lady Fi and Sandy. Thanks ladies! You can see follow this meme here


  1. Fabulous photos, Jo, especially the one of the mongoose, and of course the glorious sunset.
    I had to reactivate comment verification again, too, for the same reason, having had 75 spams in one day, but now I've taken it off again. We'll see how that goes.

  2. Magnificent captures of your beautiful and fascinating world, Jo! So much beauty and wonderful critters! Thanks for sharing it with us!!

  3. Glad you got out of the house to see the wildlife and birds. I think the mongoose is cute.

  4. Beautiful scenes of Africa once again. Hope you have a lovely day. Hugs. xx

  5. You live in a fascinating world. I'm glad you have techno contact with your friends and relis.

  6. Hi Jo, your new world is wonderful. I am happy that you still able to keep in touch with your family and friends from your new place. The jackals are cool, a critter I have only seen on TV. I am sure the birds are plentiful and beautiful. Wonderful post and photos. It is nice to read these reports from you. Have a great day.

  7. Mongeese sounds good, Jo! WHY NOT!
    love reading your exciting world.
    love rose xox

  8. Enjoyed this ride with you! The scenery is so different than anything I know. Beautiful sunset shot! And a lovely photo of you in the previous post.

  9. What a nice post about your daily life ! The jackals don't look very friendly ! Fortunately we don't have them here, only some in human uniform !
    BTW I have Skype too !

  10. I love that last shot of the silhouetted trees against the golden sunset.

    Do black-backed jackals go after people's pets? Nice shots of them.

  11. Great photos of the cute mongoose and the running jackals. Love that african sunset.

  12. Oh wow Jo!! I Always LOVE your photos!!!

  13. We have mongoose and jackals right here in my village in the Jerusalem Hills, so it is always fun to see photos made by other people of these elusive wild animals!


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