|The bird feeder with two sections, into which we placed the two different seeds. So far, no birds. But as they say with bird feeders, one must be patient.|
|We visited Gail and Mark on Sunday to discuss a story we’ll be posting later this Friday about the stunning and heartwarming book Gail wrote, “Her Name is Missy,” of their time in Liberia during the worst of the Ebola epidemic and her heroic rescue of a chimpanzee named Missy. Please check back on Friday for the story. We loved seeing the birds they feed at their home and holiday lodge located across a small road from the river. The visit prompted us to purchase a bird feeder and seeds.
Yesterday afternoon, we decided to purchase a bird feeder, after our Sunday afternoon visit to Gail and Mark Fox at their holiday lodge and a lovely home overlooking the Crocodile River in Marloth Park, as we flipped over all the birds that visited their property.
After our exceptional experience with birds at our holiday home in Costa Rica many months ago, we were thrilled with the idea of attracting birds to our Marloth Park holiday home.
Once Josiah arrived to wash the veranda and clean the pool, during which we always get out of the way, it was a good time to hop in the little car to head to Daisy’s Den where Mark and Gail purchase their seeds and supplies.
Our lives aren’t always about the “big things.” Many times we find great interest and joy in the “small things,” such as in our visit to Daisy’s Den. Tucked away at the end of one of a few shopping areas in Marloth Park, we remembered this shop from four years ago where we purchased pellets during our three-month stay which at the time had different owners.
Now with Mark (not Mark Fox) having purchased the property a few years ago, we were delighted to make purchases in the well-stocked and organized shop in an attempt to support local businesses. This is always very important to us.
Sure, at times, prices may be higher in local shops than those in the bigger cities and towns but when considering time, fuel and convenience is often a priority to us to play whatever small role we can in not only buying products from local shops but also in writing a little about them in the process, as in today’s story.
We chatted with owner Mark and his son John, both of whom we’d met at the snake handling course on March 10th. At the time we had no idea they owned Daisy’s Den and were delighted to see them again. Marloth Park is a small town, a Conservancy, distinct in its wildlife, people, and politics.
|Daisy’s Den also carried handmade crafts, many made by locals. We spotted Gail’s book, “Her Name in Missy” also for sale in the charming shop.|
Yes, even in this remote natural setting, politics becomes a factor among many of the locals. Opinions vary on how this unique environment should be managed and handled and at times, like most townships, not everyone agrees.
|The shop carries a few items found in a pharmacy (including a few souvenirs) since it’s a long drive to the pharmacy in Komatipoort.|
|There are household goods and a variety of lawn and garden chemicals and products.|
|We purchased two types of seeds hoping to attract a variety of birds.|
|We purchased the wooden bird feeder and two bags of seed at a cost of ZAR 215, (US $17.94). We couldn’t wait to get back to set it up.|
|Located immediately next door to Daisy’s Den is Mark’s wife Tracy’s sewing and embroidery shop.|
Photo from one year ago today, March 20, 2017:
|Painted performers at Circular Quay in Sydney, Australia. For more photos, please click here.|