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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby impyim » Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:11 am

Thanks for you input AndreaB - I don't know why the watercolours have been removed.!!!!! I really don't think they're at all controversial. I've PM someone to see if they can be restored. :think: :? :?

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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby Philip1 » Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:49 am

:whistle: Amazing TR, Magic pics an Super Water colours. :mrgreen: Thank you. :clap:

As far as i know, no one can delete any Photobucket items, only you. :hmz: Maybe i'm wrong. :)
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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby SammyA » Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:42 pm

I wondered about the painting as well - the ones I've seen have been so beautiful, I'd love to see the others.

Have you done anything with the files in photobucket? maybe the link to the image has changed....

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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby hilda » Wed Dec 18, 2013 2:36 pm

Unfortunately there are many 'mites who do not know that if you move or delete an image on Photobucket, it no longer shows in the Forum. :(
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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby impyim » Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:55 pm

Hi all --re my missing photo's.
I take on board your comments about photo bucket Hilda.
I think its my fault that the watercolours are missing from my TR. I had a clean out of my photobucket and didn't realize it would affect my TR.
I don't suppose I can be restore them to their previous spot on the TR can they? If they can't I'll find another way of incorporating them into further episodes. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby hilda » Wed Dec 18, 2013 4:19 pm

I have sent you a PM Impyim! :gflower:
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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby melph68 » Fri Dec 20, 2013 4:14 am

hi impyim :D :D

So glad I finally had the time to catch up on your TR again because oh my word what an outstanding sighting of the cheetah family with kill :shock: :shock: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: 8) 8) :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

I soooooo wanted to see a cheetah while Dad and I were in Africa. Alas we didn't and that is one of the many reasons we have to go back again :thumbs_up:

I can imagine the sighting was even more wonderful being able to share it with your grand daughter :D :D

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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby hilda » Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:46 am

Glad to see your paintings are back impyim! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby isinkwe » Fri Dec 20, 2013 6:22 pm

impyimImagei am back on line :D :thumbs_up: sorry for missing out for a few days. What a super cheetah sighting, something not many get to witness at such close range, :thumbs_up: :clap: :D
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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Sun Dec 22, 2013 6:38 am

impyim,

Oh WOW!!!! How special the Cheetah sighting must have been :mrgreen: ...What dreams are made of. :hmz: Stunning pics. :great:

Gorgeous sunset pics. :clap: :clap:

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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby SammyA » Sun Dec 22, 2013 1:50 pm

I've just been back over your report to see the paintings I missed. Wow they are stunning. :D

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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby impyim » Sun Dec 29, 2013 4:26 am

Thanks SammyA, Trrp-trrrrrrr, isinkwe, hilda, melph68, PhilipJ, barryels, and Meandering Mouse for all you comments. The cheetah sighting was so special for all on board.

We eventually left the cheetahs and our driver said we were really running late for the bush braai.
we apparently had about 15 kms to drive to the area.

These 2 young male lions held us up for a bit longer. They were sauntering along the road and we followed them slowly for quite awhile

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When we left them it was only a short distance to the bush braai turnoff.

We drove down a track and could smell the smoke and food cooking from the braai. We decided the young male lions could defintley be able to smell the meat cooking also !!!!!!

On the way down the track in front of the vehicle we saw scrub hare and 2 tiny babies. They were caught in the lights of the vehicle and didn't know where to run to. The babies were just adorable.
We also saw a small spotted genet in the truck lights.

After winding down the track we came to a gate on a large fenced area. The driver got out, opened the gate and drove in. We all hopped out and he backed the vehicle out and closed the gate again.

The fenced area was roughly 100 m in diameter (hard to judge as it was night time). Just inside the fenced are were very subtle lights (around the whole perimeter) - they were actually candles with large brown paper bags over them. They created a lovely atmosphere. Everyone was amazed at how wonderful the whole area looked.

There was a candle lit table set with silverware and white serviettes. A group of staff cooking the BBQ and big steel pots simmering with vegetables and maize (can't remember the African name for it).
Also a table set with salads, and another with drinks.

We never realized (until we saw the set up) how much was entailed in preparing and setting up the braai for our group.

The 8 of us stood around talking to the staff (drinks in hand of course), and then eventually sat down for the meal. The food was great and the service from the staff really first class.

During the meal our Granddaughter and her friend were on at the end of the table closest to the fence - they could hear the hyena's just outside the fence and walked over closer to have a look. I was very nervous about them doing this (as Grandmothers are of course) as the fence was only about waist high, and I was sure the 2 young male lions were eyeing off us/ or the food. Foolish me.

By this time I was overdue for a toilet stop. There was a toilet in the far corner of the fenced area, but it seemed a long way to venture - eventually I asked one of the armed guards to escort me - as you can guess I'm not very brave. The toilet building was a permanent fixture made of rock and white washed - it blended in very well with the bush close to it.

I hardly took any photo's but here's a couple my granddaughter took.

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After the lovely meal the driver bought the vehicle back into the fenced area and we drove the short distance (about 5 kms) back to Skukuza.
We arrived back at camp about 8.30 p.m What an amazing evening we had.

We were so pleased that we had booked a bush braai, and apart from the braai the cheetah sighting - only about 15 ft from the vehicle was an absolute highlight for us all.

To be continued -
the next day I spend the whole day with my Granddaughter and her friend while my other half stays back in camp. I suspect that 3 ladies at once were too much for him after just the 2 of us for the many days previous. He is also a bit deaf and conversations with more than one person at a time are very challenging for him.

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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun Dec 29, 2013 5:50 am

What a wonderful experience. I am sure that it is a memory that will remain embedded with joy 8) .

Marvelous sightings 8)

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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby isinkwe » Sun Dec 29, 2013 9:13 am

Wow, what an awesome looking setup for the bush Image, will have to give that a try soon :D and some really great sightings to make a perfect evening :D
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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby Stampajane » Sun Dec 29, 2013 10:33 am

The bush braai looks wonderful Impyin. My bucket list is growing!! And what a truly wonderful cheetah sighting, all the more special having it to yourselves.

I still can't see your older water colours. Perhaps you can post them all together again at the end of your TR as they are very special and evoke the atmosphere of Kruger so well. A calendar perhaps........??


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