1716/27th February 2021 Some things are just not going to cheer you up. Like being asked to confirm that you are still alive. Now if I'm not, how am I going to be able to communicate the fact? These days, one cannot take for granted that such a request is even legit, but this one … Continue reading Obsessed?
0812/27th February, 2021 So much for green and brown patches opening up. Overnight snow covered them over again. But Winter is basically done and the melt has resumed. At least I hope so, as we had a couple of summer visitors return yesterday and I wouldn't want them to retreat. While eating breakfast, I thought … Continue reading “Zoomer’s back!”
1735/25th February 2021 Something strange happened to me last night. Or to be precise, I did something strange. After 4pm. 4pm is my cut-off time. After that I will not perform anything that I consider a "chore". And anything I don't like doing qualifies as a chore. But at 1630, I was in the kitchen, … Continue reading After hours
4th November 2019 "Did you sort out that lens?" asked Grant as we fed our little darlings this morning. Lucy was a little impatient as I fiddled with the camera: "Stop messing about", she said! My answer to Grant was "no", to Lucy "yes, alright, alright", as I continued taking pictures. No, I haven't mastered … Continue reading And the melt goes on…
Fostering cats was rather like beating myself with a big stick. Emotionally, it was extremely hard because I have awful separation anxiety and letting my fosters go was always traumatic. But I'd promised myself that when I retired, I would do something to help animals. This was the only way I could do it, so … Continue reading Merlin
1500/21st February 2021 0807/23rd February 2021 There are some, I'm sure who feel that there is no end to this Winter. It has felt long, even to me, but I enjoy it, so I have no complaint and I wouldn't know who to address it to if I did! According to the oracle, though, this … Continue reading Blasted trees
Animals are always as important to me as people, no matter where. Murik Lakes New Guinea 1983. From Rabaul our ship took us to Garove Island. Spirit house at Garove Island. After the adventure of the fire dancing, things were much more light-hearted. At Nagada we were entertained by these cheerful lads pounding on bamboo … Continue reading Sepik River
Ms World Discoverer, Garove Is. 9th March 1983 Before proceeding further with this tale, I have to make a correction. The ship we flew halfway round the world to catch up with, on this occasion was not the Society Explorer, but in fact the World Discoverer. Perhaps I could be forgiven my confusion as we … Continue reading A matter of conscience.
Queensland, Australia, 4th March 1983 Travelling as airline staff on free or discounted tickets was fabulous, but oh was it fraught with drama! Tim had obtained tickets for 6 of us to travel on the cruise ship "Society Explorer" which was to sail to New Guinea in early March from Cairns, Australia. We all managed … Continue reading The joys of staff travel
Young monks in Bhutan, c 1976 If you've followed my blog for even a short while, you have probably seen me refer to my pal Tim. Timothy Valentine Gibson, actually. (born 14 Feb after all) Tim and I met up when he took a job with South African Airways at JFK, after his sponsor airline … Continue reading Faces by Tim