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 Post subject: Batty Blonde goes camping
Unread postPosted: Sun Dec 28, 2014 11:36 pm 
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Well when Mellory and Ernest came to fetch me for the Bush Baptist meet, and I managed to mis-direct them to my home :redface: (oops) the first comment from Ernest was “she’s a blonde, that explains it”
Then when I informed my children that I intended camping at Tsendze on my own I was asked if I was batty? I am apparently supposed to be too old to be adventurous .......... says who :hmz:
So tent came out of ten year storage (still in excellent condition) Gazebo for the heat, and ladies spade to dig trenches if it rained, and everything was packed in crates (waterproof) See I can be organised when required. And a great big thanks to EJ :gflower: with regard to nails and washers instead of those tent pegs which I never could get into the ground ten years ago.
Set off at 3am for Phalaborwa gate and only got slightly lost once, when I rode into Polokwane (Pietersburg) and realised I had missed the turn off. :redface: I blame it on the bad signage – that’s my story and I am sticking to it.
Managed to get to Tsendze stand 5 on Rodger’s day off, so I set up camp all on my own in 35 degree heat.

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 Post subject: Re: Batty Blonde goes camping
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Well done "Batty Blonde" :D , and your setup looks very professional. :clap: :clap:

Looking forward to your TR :popcorn: :popcorn: :thumbs_up:

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I knew "Batty Blonde".... would get the camp set up perfectly !! :dance:

Grabbed one of the window seats...ready for all the action. 8) :popcorn:

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 Post subject: Re: Batty Blonde goes camping
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Even though you took a detour through Polokwane....you still made it! Must admit that turn-off IS badly signposted so you were not being blonde..... :)

Nice set up - tent looks suspiciously very similar to our spare tent........special offer at a very well known chain beginning with M about 10 years ago????? :twisted: It's nice and spacious and perfect for one (.....or two!)

This looks like a great TR in the making - we've grabbed a couple of seats on this bus and are waiting......

:popcorn: :popcorn:

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Batty Blonde - I am seriously impressed with you camping set up. Well done - :thumbs_up:

Please give a detailed step by step guide as to how you erected the dome tent by yourself - I need to know.

Lo0kking forward to reading more.

:popcorn: :cam:

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Nkulu, very interesting TR this is going to be and would love one of the front window seats. :thumbs_up:
Your tent set-up looks really cozy and seems you have everything under control. :clap:

The Tsendze and Mopani area one of my favourites. :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Batty Blonde goes camping
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billyf - thanks, I tried, guess camping is like riding a bicycle, you never forget how

Trrp :k thanks for all the well wishes, if you see signs of rust it is from all the water I had to drink to prevent dehydration - very hot work :redface: :redface: :redface:

PNF, the kids all have "modern" camping gear, but the old family dome has better ventilation, is light, and I can erect it on my own - with lots of effort :D

Norms, easy, sit on ground and thread poles through, wedge end of one pole against the car wheel :) for extra hands, and up she pops :lol:

Kaapsedraai, thank you I was very cosy with all that space to myself, and at night I lit the storm lanterns (filled with citronella oil) I hate those bright lights that hide the beautiful stars

I even survived the Tzendse Xmas decorations that were starting to arrive

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Good to hear from you, Nkulu!

Your camp set-up looks great. We Angels can do anything, if we set our minds to it!!

Looking forward to the TR.

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Wow, seriously impressed with the SET UP!!! :mrgreen:
Impressed even more so, because I wouldn't know where to start!!!

Looking forward to this one :popcorn:

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Very impressed Nkulu Your pretty Christmas decorations are a good source of protein too and are apparently are delish !!!

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Wow Batty Blond, you certainly look very organized, that tent and all look very professionally put up :clap: :clap:

Waiting for more :popcorn: :popcorn:

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Hippotragus, naturally angels can do anything, that's why we are called Angels :D

Inyati, you will be surprised how quickly one learns, and camping is much more fun than chalets :lol:

Hugh, you may try the protein :lol: , I prefer to gingerly remove them back to the bush

Carolg, thanks for joining, the only thing missing was your yummy eats :k

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I'm joining your camping trip, Nkulu. I've stashed a large bottle of Amarula behind your tent.

And I've brought some biltong. It's a much nicer form of protein than those fat caterpillars.


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Stampajane, always room for you :gflower: , I really enjoyed the biltong gift box I received for Xmas, but ssssh please don't tell a soul, the Amarula Queen brought back an unopened bottle. It was so verrrrry hot that I did not even have coffee for 5 whole days, and never opened any "liquid" refreshments :redface:
If I start rusting it was from all the water :lol:

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My reply was always "Everything is interesting and I get to see my beloved Park and harmony and peace in Nature"

Maybe this is what led Karen Blixen to say in Out of Africa, "Here I am, where I belong".

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Nkulu, I love this report. You really are a Free Spirit. I admire you so much :gflower:

Must say your campsite looks veerrrrry neat!

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