And its a very, very wet Good Evening to you all!!! Wow, so much rain and it has not stopped. Im not swimming under the awning and am going to try and do a quick blog tonight! (No, the awning is not leaking, but Im on a slope and the water is just streaming down and my groundcover is getting a wash or a washout!)
Last night I forgot to mention something and would like to do so now….Tim and Mel, thanks for a great evening and a very nice stirfry…I really enjoyed the eve in you company and must say Hi to Tims sister Lynne all the way down in Durban!
Quickly to the comments from yesterday..Ingwe1, I did not do the Maroela loop this time around…will do so next time..Grasswidower…and all else..the bird he is referring to is actually a Black Bellied Bustard (little smaller than the Kori Bustard), but we thoroughly enjoyed listening to it in January…a click…silence and all of a sudden a Pop! Really interesting to listen to. Ndloti I have seen the coolers in every shop I went into..so, yes they still sell them…I think you are going to have to change your plans as I think most roads will be undrivable by tomorrow morning with this rain! Ian Im using an MTN 3G card, but I dont get any 3G in Kruger..only GPRS or Edge…and not the fastest connection at all. Some say that Vodacom is better, but I wont know as I use MTN! Greenertina, I would think that the liquid in the can steams the chic from the inside and the heat from the fire and the “oven” browns it on the outside. Redlomo you stick the beer can inside the chicken..or the chicken over the can…which ever way you look at it! It really was very good! I thank all of you for enjoying the pics of the chic and the birds and for reading and commenting!
As said yesterday I was going to sleep until I wake up, well I woke just after 7am and the rain was pelting down..really so nice to wake up with the sound of rain! I quickly did a few things and decided to still drive…rain or not.. not many animals around today..think they are all shocked to see so much rain. I took the road up to Kruger Gate..then the S3 along the Sabie River up to Phabeni and the tar road back to Skukuza. A few impala along the way…nothing else!
On the S3 the rain stopped for a little while and I could actually see out the window….this Buff came walking up the path and did not at all looked impressed with the weather.
I could hear the Purple Turaccos and then saw one sitting in the tree close by, but into the wrong side of the road with the light…I did take a pic and its much better than the one I took at PKop a few weeks ago. Really such a colorful bird and I once again the sun would come out to give it a bit of a shine.
This little Burchels Cougal was really puffed up to protect it from the bit of drizzle still falling….
I also found this European Bee Eater sitting on a branch…
And while I was taking pics of it..the heavens opened up again…it was really pelting down and I had to close all windows and switch the windscreen wipers on full! Not pleasant as you can only see what is infront..no ways to see out the side windows. I eventually reached he tar road..(Phabeni – Skukuza road) and saw a small herd of Elephant in the distance…then on the way back….14 Tortoises! I could not believe how they all came out to drink in the rain!
I took pics of all of them, but will post this one first…(it was only when I downloaded the pics that I realized that I had seen 3 different types!) I dont know them all and would like someone to confirm or correct on the ID’s!
First the usual Leopard Tortoise..
and then I found a big one…according to my book it might be a Mountain Tortoise!
and then this one, which I think could be a Spek’s Hingeback????
I returned to camp in the rain, just before 12…water all over…so I took the spade and made a bit of a ditch on the side where it was coming in….then cleaned up and played scrabble with Fathima…really nice sitting out here listening to the rain. I invited Green Widow over for dinner and she came to introduce herself just after she arrived at camp..a real nice woman and I enjoyed talking to her. Wacktazz called just after 5pm and took me to the Rhino Boma here at Skukuza. Only 1 Rhino there at the moment, but such a character!
The rain had stopped and I could clean out the braai, think they dont do it here when it rains as they expect you wont be braaing? Started the fire and organized the food for tonight. As she is a woman alone I would think that she does not braai….and I was correct…she said she does not even now how to start a fire! No shame in that…I just love braaing and I love making a fire….we are not all the same. A very simple braai as I did not know how long the weather would last….steak, chops, pot in foil, onions in foil and roasted garlic…(I also made grilled Halloumi cheese and we ate that with Onion marmelade!
As the meat was on the fire, more visitors, Spookie and Hannes from Bothaville came around..they love the blog, but dont comment, they are also friends with Nonnie and Corrie that I met at Satara….nice meeting you and I look forward to seeing what is in the parcel that you brought all the way from the farm!!!… Thanks for coming around and I hope you have a good time in Kruger!
Then the heavens opened again…my steak was done, but I still had to finish of GW’s as she likes in Medium Rare and I like mine medium to well….and here standing in the rain I finished the food! Must say it was nice and I enjoyed having the company of Green Widow..thanks for coming around and I look fwd to our evening tom at the restaurant.
It is time for me to pack up again and move to CB on Saturday…tom Im going to spend an hour or so with a man from vet services to find out more about Buffs and Lions with TB and other diseases they have in Kruger. I look forward to bringing you that info…if there is anything you would like me to ask him, please post here tonight as I will be leaving to meet him early in the morning, but will check the comments before I leave…
And with that…another good day in Kruger has come to an end…now I must get inside before I float down the road with all the water under my feet!