Shi-Christie's with a chance of meatballs-Mar 2010

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Shi-Christie's with a chance of meatballs-Mar 2010

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This is my first trip report so I am hoping it goes well. I guess this must seem like a strange title for a trip report so let me explain…The only time I drink beer is when I am in the bush and then they are Shandies. Christie’s shandies to be precise. Meatballs is the English translation for Afrikaans “Frikkadels”….This is a staple for “padkos” (Food for the road) on our trips…..more on this later on.

Only 4 more sleeps and Lynnb and I will be heading off to Kruger for a blissful 5 nights. For the last decade once a year my mom and I go to Kruger together on our own. It is a special Mom and daughter bonding time and some of the best times that I have ever had. We have laughed and cried together…mostly though we have laughed until we cried. Often this involves grasshoppers, but that’s another story….Image

This year we are leaving JHB sometime on Thursday depending on how soon we can get work wrapped up. We will be hitting the highway and heading to my farm. Our first night will be in Crocodile Bridge and we are both looking forward to it as we have never stayed in the camp before. From there we will make our way to Orpen for 3 nights and our last night will be spent at the famous Tambotie, another first for us.

So this will be a trip of many firsts and I am hoping the start of some new Kruger favourites for us….but in the meantime there is still work to be done, shopping to get finished and packing to endure and let’s not forget the LONG wish list or good heavens the Christies and maybe some Frikkadels…. Image
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The Blue Bulls

So the “chance” of meatballs is now a definite. After much cajoling, bullying and flat out bribery Lynnb has consented to make them Image Thanks Mom! Now if we can just sort out the “blue bulls”. Because nothing goes along with “frikkadels” as well as plain sandwiches, Christie’s and….hard boiled eggs which somehow always ends up blue. So much so that I do not consider them “padkos” until they are :tongue:

I have made almost no progress with my to do list, but the Christie’s are safely ensconced in the Landie and ready for transportation into cooler box. :thumbs_up:

I have a methodology when I pack…which is to say…I faff. I am the world’s worst faffer when it comes to packing. This generally ends with no sleep for Shi (in the last 5 yrs) the night before we leave. This sadly results in more blue…the circles under my eyes…the colour of the Red Bull cans. This is why the only time I support the Blue bulls is on the drive down to my farm :lol: :lol:
Two more sleeps….and Blue bulls here we come!!!
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The Last minutes

Almost, almost time to leave. :dance: :dance: :dance:

Typically though with a faffer there are a dozen or so little things still to be sorted out… But I am confident that we will leave on time (ish) :tongue:

I am so excited I can’t wait. Already had three cups of coffee this morning and most of my work is done barring two mails which I’ll sort out shortly.

I have already called Jacob, my chief farm manager, to check that he has pruned so that we can see properly and made sure that he has herded the animals into the right paddocks for us. Jacob tells me it is all good to go and that I should not worry…he has never disappointed me before! If he delivers again he definitely gets a raise! :lol: :lol:

So all that’s left to do after that is stop faffing and get going!


Kruger are you ready???................Here we come!!!
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Hi everyone,

Just a quick note to say that we are back safely thank you! Lynnb and I had a wonderful trip.
We met up with a mite or two, did some inadvertent flashing, potentially some accidental voyeurism and a grasshopper or two 8) 8)

TR to continue soon :lol: :lol:
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:shock: :big_eyes: :popcorn: :popcorn: Image



On top of spaghetti all covered with cheese.
I lost my poor meatball when somebody sneezed.

It rolled off the table, it rolled on the floor,
And then my poor meatball rolled out of the door.

It rolled down the steps and under a bush,
And then my poor meatball was nothing but mush.

The mush was as tasty as tasty could be,
And early next summer in the Park it grew to a tree.

The tree was all covered with beautiful moss.
It grew great big meatballs and tomato sauce.

So if you eat spaghetti all covered with cheese,
Hold on to your meatball and don't ever sneeze.




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It takes a while to get used to the new toy but eventually Lynnb says “ Lovey I see eyes”…Me very excited “Where mom?”
Mom: “Follow my finger”…”In the direction that I am pointing”
Me: “But mom it’s dark”
Mom: “But I’m right next to you”
Me: “But the eyes aren’t” Image

We finally figure out the location and by now have seen the full outline of what we are seeing…staring back at us from the depths of a tree is
Image
A Bushbaby

After peering into the bush for more “sightings” I tell my mom that I am feeling a bit dizzy from the new toy. Mom instantly replies: ”Are you sure it’s not the Christies babe?” Image
After having arranged to meet up with two mites at Nkhulu the next day for a buff pastie we took our selves off to bed for a great night’s sleep. Image
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Hi Chich,

I just love the tree. Each time I read someone`s trip report I think that we have been there ,seen that, and yet everyone experiences it in a different manner. Its just lovely. I suppose it also depends on the quantity of Christies absorbed by all able bodied mites. I know it makes you see grasshoppers the size of pteradactyls. But thats another story.

Ramaruti I have never kicked Shi out of any bed. I beg, then I plead then I bribe her with coffee and hot x buns and then I offer to be her personal chauffeur so that she can take pics for all to enjoy.

To BM and Terryc I wish you a fantastic holiday and a safe trip.
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Hi Shi,

Great episode. The White-crowned Shrike (Kremetartlarksman) is a stunner, great birds to watch. Did she steal the Ants' food?

Looking forward to see what was growling. Or was it your stomach asking for more Christies & meatball's? :lol:

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Hiya Rums, I think the song is something to the effect of...


Rub a dub dub,
I'm having a mud bath in a tub,
And who do you think those two girls be?
The butcher, the baker,
The candlestick maker.
Turn them out, hogs are we... :lol: :lol: :roll: :tongue:
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Friday afternoon:

Foraging, Frolicking and Forumites

……………………….Dung beetle. I did not know that there were more than one kind or that most of them can fly. It sure doesn’t make sense that there would be so many willing job applicants for this particular job….and yet there are! And they seem to get real job satisfaction too!

By now we needed to make up a bit of ground as we were meeting two mites at Nkhulu for a Buff pastie.

At Lower Sabie we quickly got out to grab an ice cream and headed on back out. We saw no other yellow ribbons, but as we were leaving the car in front of us stops and out hops…………………

Before you shoot me I will post another episode later today (maybe 2) but right now have to run and wanted to post SOMETHING before M3 threw the book at me :tongue:
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..a guy and heads to our car with purpose.
Me: sure it's a forum member, probably just forgot his ribbon.
Mom: I think he wants to tell us we have good taste in cars (Drove the same Landy)
Both of us wrong.
He had seen plenty yellow ribbons and had decided we were the ones to tell him what they meant. He had also clearly seen more ribbons than we had other than ours (which occasionally gave me a fright, but that's another story :lol: ) we had seen a grand total of none!!
Using our masterful powers of deduction we concluded that he had to have seen so many ribbons during the week and weekend prior to our visit when of course it was the cricket weekend!
And with another great mystery solved we toasted our detective prowess with a Christies and hit the road in search of our two mites.

We made it to Nkhulu but definitely a bit after the scheduled time. To our disappointment there was only one other car there and no yellow ribbon..

Feeling bad and disappointed we were walking across the parking area when this car comes straight at me!!!

After my nerves have calmed down We are very happy to see our fellow mites none other than the anniversary couple Holigan and Mellory! We sadly did not get to spend too much time with them as we had to get a move on in order to check in at Orpen that evening. We did however get glowing reports of their romantic accommodation at Lower Sabie. They were so in love with life, the farm and each other that it was a pleasure being in their company. Thanks to both of you for spending some time with us it was great to see you again and we know we have made some great new friends! Mel, hope you are feeling better & Holigan hope Fritz is feeling better too.

After leaving Nkhulu we headed on the H1-2 towards Tshokwane and came across our first Tortoise of the trip.

After that things were pretty quiet for a while except for the occasional sound of a Christies can being opened. It was that dead time in the afternoon when all the animals seek shelter and were mostly content to let them. However after about an hour of no visible signs of life we were starting to wonder If Jacob had let all the animals out of the farm gates. Where were all the impies?? Not even a centipede for a while. And then just as we were wondering if we were the last living beings on this road, there it was. Our very first..
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We could hardly believe it…but before our very eyes there was our very first…

Kill of the trip :roll: :lol: :lol:
Golden orb spider and mid afternoon carbohydrate
We took some pic’s much to the disgruntlement of several cars that came cruising up to us moist eyed with excitement. “What do you see?” they would uniformly ask and once the object of our gaze was revealed, they would nod politely as if to say, “Shame” or “Ridiculous” as they continued on their way far from the “mad hatters”. :tongue:

We turned off the H1-3 and headed down the Vutomi road and soon enough we came across some frolicking friends and family intent on enjoying the afternoon sunshine.

Further on we caught a glimpse of something on the rocks…. And found two Kilpspringer although they weren’t in the mood for unwanted guests.

A long time later and two or a few Christie’s later with the odd couple of meatballs we arrived at an impressive looking Lugmag dam. There wasn’t too much happening and we couldn’t spend too much time there as time was marching on and gate closing time was drawing ever nearer.

Not far from the dam we saw this gorgeous bit of fluff, Carmine Bee eater.

With a sigh of pure contentment we arrived at Orpen and checked into bungalow number three. The same unit we had stayed in, in October last year. It had a great view of the waterhole and waiting for supper to be ready we took a glass of wine and went and sat on one of the benches at the fence and watched a wonderful………………………………….
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…………………………herd of ellies come down to the watering hole. They drank and played around for several minutes before moving away.

Happy, we went to have dinner and turn in early for a good sleep.

Saturday Morning

After our morning cup of coffee or three and a hot cross bun we headed out to meet an overcast and drizzly day.

The plan was to take the S136 and see what this beautiful road would hold for us. On our way on the H7 and just out the gate we saw our first
Ellie of the day.
In the same clearing we saw two jackals. The one disappeared under a bush but one was happy to be out in the morning, before deciding that nothing beats a good old scratch in the morning

Some time later we came across another strange looking plant. Is it a bird? Is it a tree? No…

It’s a Guinea Fowl B&B (Bed and Breakfast)
It was still steadily drizzling and everything was pretty wet.

These two fish eagles were grooming themselves none too happy with the state of their wet feathers

Across the banks on the opposite side of the Timbavati river bed was a Lone Waterbuck
Not far from there and just before we turned on to the S136 we were lucky enough to spot a African Harrier Hawk

With our spirits lifted we turned onto the S136 and had a cup of coffee the last of the meatballs and a sandwich. Feeling fortified we drove along. The road is beautiful but for a long time we saw almost nothing.
Not far from there we came across a herd of zebra.

We carried on and just past Muzandzeni picnic spot it started raining again! This time the rain produced the most amazing………………………………………
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.wet and disgruntled brothers we had seen for a long time, maybe because bachelorhood wasn't all they had hoped it would be..

The bachelors


We followed them for some time as they made their way through the rain and veld in search of some sunshine. There was only one other car on the road and we followed these big boys for ages. Occasionally we would lose sight of them altogether before we picked up movement again. By now it had stopped raining and after nearly half an hour we lost sight of them altogether. Ahead was a small watering hole and we wondered if they were perhaps heading there. We drove on and parked with a perfect view of the watering hole and we waited Our patience was rewarded.

And so time to move on again. We must have watched them for over an hour all in all and some of the most active lions we have ever seen.
With a sigh of pure bliss we toasted our first cats of the trip with a can of gold and carried on our way.

The road was pretty quiet after that.
Mom and I were content to enjoy the sounds of the bush and Christies cans popping as we drove along. It had been a great morning so far and we were happily heading to Lugmag dam where..
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.where not much was happening but it is one of those sublimely peaceful places that you could spend hours just being. Across from us on the other side of the dam were a Waterbuck Family overseen by the ghost of a long dead buffalo
The view of the dam always induces a sense of serenity.

Later on during the day we turned onto the magnificent Vutomi road and came to the Tinhongana watering hole where a lone Saddle Billed Stork was roaming.
On the other side an elephant came down to slake it's thirst.

The afternoon had turned a bit windy and the clouds were once again gathering momentum.

Then at Kumana which almost always produces something for us we found a huge herd of buffalo.
That were drinking and milling about ..


And so another gorgeous day was almost over and on the last stretch into camp we saw a big Pajero stopped and it's occupant's were peering into the bush.
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