we are just not city people

18 05 2012

This is where we want to be.

The by-line in our blog, you know the one that says ‘klip sit”?  Well, this is it.  Sitting on rocks, the bigger the better.  (Though we have not been known to shy away from sitting on smaller rocks either.)  

As long as there are rocks, away from big city shiny-smoke, we are happy as dassies on Table Mountain on a glorious sunny day. 

We had a trip to Johannesburg last week: we had to see a few doctors, carry out business, do a bit of shopping and wait to board the ‘plane to Tanzania. We were just not hearing about the Tanzania thing, we had spent far too much money in the city and we could almost hear the farm calling us back again.  So we are back on Lissataba, sitting on rocks as we wait: it is far more fun waiting in the bush than in Gauteng! 

We arrived yesterday and Deon became human again.   We have friends here who apologise to each other for who they will become about an hour before they arrive in Jo’burg!  We both get that!  The constant rush of people, the lack of personal care by business people and the insistent drag of traffic get us down. 

But here we are again with klip sit opportunities to watch the sun set.


Surrounded by awesome mountains, splendidly sculptured rocks, gorgeously sexy trees, and then all the array of creatures to boot.  We remind ourselves and each other so often of how blessed we are to be here.

One of the acquisitions we made in the Big Smoke that we are so pleased about is a camera trap, also known as a trail camera.  These little inventions are making huge changes to nature research and they are such fun, to boot. 

I sat with Michelle today to watch the amazing footage of the mother leopard and her two cubs: there are some brilliant pictures that came in from the three cameras the farm set up at the kill.(my previous blog told of that event).  We hope to get a leopard or two on our camera as well.

After just one night at our house we are already thrilled with what the trap has delivered.  The world of nocturnal animals is fascinating to me, I just never have enough energy to stay up all night to try to catch the critters!  Here is our way to get to see who visits us every night!

And the very first capture goes to a firm favourite with us already, a genet.


Although the visual quality of night shots is not always very good, one can still make out what visits.    We could see this is a civet (we have not known they come for visits before seeing it on the camera!)


And then a speedy zoom through of a rather cross looking porcupine.  This was the only shot he left us with!  We will hopefully get better images of all these creatures in time.


There is a vibrancy and a joy at life we feel in the bush.  We do not have TV, our internet signal is truly dismal, and the nearest shop is over an hour away. Despite the lack of  those supposed necessities, we have plenty to fill our days with and this is the happiest I have ever seen Deon. 

So excuse us as we head off to find another rock to sit on.  We only have a few days left before heading off to Tanzania and we want to enjoy every moment.




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