We left Nossob early and started the way back to TR . We discussed the previous evening to take the road over the dunes back from Dikbaardskolk and join up with the road from TR to Urikaruus. Sightings this morning was slow apart from the usual animals not much exciting happening.
At Kaspersdraai this Oryx wanted to come and drink while the Secretary bird was occupying the water hole.IMG_1346
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and at one of the water holes on the dune road this one trying to find its footing.IMG_1333
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I could see from driving that the dunes started drying out at the top with the bottom parts still a bit wet, some puddles in the road showed they had more than a minutes rain the previous evening._MG_5863
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And some far away Ostriches at one of the water holes. Sorry I cant remember at which water holes I took these pics, but know it was on the dune road. _MG_5869
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We had a quick stop at Kamqua and carried on. At this rate we would arrive early at TR and would have more than enough time for all to shower and get ready
Between Monro and Houmoed our first cheetahs, far away, lying or sitting in the shade of a tree, but at least we found the cheetahs. IMG_1340
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We arrived at TR and after unpacking and having an Ice cold one it was time for me to go and find Jannie and see the preparations for the wedding was in order. I was pleasantly surprised or must i say overwhelmed by what they had done. The venue was a corner table in the restaurant and now I dont want to get the name wrong, but I think Elizabeth was her name, she works with the Police service at TR had done an outstanding job with the decorations. You could feel the vibe from the staff, after all this was the first time ever they had a wedding at TR or in KTP. Jannie I can never thank you enough for your cooperation, your dedication and your utter willingness to help me with this
All of you deserve a standing ovation
I know that ones click click post the pics you will all agree with me that this was 5* organizing !
So it was time. VVSG and SO look ever so smart in their "wedding clothes" which was smart, casual yet elegant. We all put on our dresses and shorts and tshirts would not fit in with what the KTP ppl had done. Scouter was the official photographer for Sanparks and click click the personal photographer for the couple and Me?? I was the guest of honor
The dominee arrived with his whole "kerkraad" church council and choir, which consisted of about 15 ladies. VVSG was standing chatting to the dominee and he was asking him where he would like them to sit. A table was in the corner with 2 chairs behind and the table was decorated with such beautiful articles from the Kalahari, a sign behind with such a great poem and I think VVSG was not sure if he wanted them to sit behind or stand infront. The dominee waved his had across the restaurant and told him "You can take a seat anywhere you like in the restaurant" VVSG looked at him a bit confused and then we realize the dominee did not know that he was marrying VVSG and SO
I wish anybody had taken a picture of the dominee's face when VVSG told him he is getting married
The first words he uttered in Afrikaans was "Magtig, ek het nie geweet ek trou witmense vandag nie?" Translated something like, Oh my word, I did not know Im going to marry white people today?
He subsequently during the service mentioned what a privilege it was for him and his church council to be standing at TR and be part of marrying the "white" couple
The choir started singing and before long the ceremony was completed and my very good friends were husband and wife AGAIN
The open vehicle was waiting outside complete with white ribbon and a Happily Married Again Sign on the back and we were off to the dunes for the outdoor wedding pics. I wish you could also see the peoples faces when they saw the "wedding vehicle" leaving TR and when we were coming back. What a sight it was!!
We arrived back at the restaurant where some of the forumites who were attending the cricket was waiting for the wedding couple to arrive back and we all had a glass of sparkling wine and drank a toast on them. I thank all those who made the effort to welcome then back and toasted to a long and happy marriage from here on
And with that I came to the end of my first part of this TR, the next 3 days were spend at the cricket which was even more fun and I will never forget the experience. Now I will leave this page and ask click click to kick in with her pictures.