A year ago post…”Knowing and the not knowing.”…Our views then and our views now…

What a pose! What was she thinking? Female feathers are brown while males are black.

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Today’s photos are from July 2, 2018, while in Marloth Park, Mpumalanga, South Africa. See the link here for more details.
It was a treat to see multiple wildebeest visiting the garden at night.
Ironically, one year ago, we wrote the following, taken directly from the post here on July 2, 2019:



“After all the excitement over the past week by finalizing several bookings for the upcoming year, we’ve now settled back into our day to day lives. The itinerary is almost completely filled in with only a few gaps for hotel stays.  

Not only has it been exciting for us, but it’s also been a huge relief. Not knowing where we’ll be in six months is daunting, especially as I continue to recover from open-heart surgery.



That is one of the important aspects of world travel after all these years, knowing where we’ll be a year from now and perhaps the following year. This fact has been instrumental in our booking so far out over the past almost seven years.

Without a home, apartment, condo, or place we can go to repack and regroup, this process must be completed while amid our travels. This could be unsettling for many.



Now, with experience, we’ve found if we know where we’ll be in a year is all we need to feel comfortable. However, we both acknowledge that most likely we’ll never be in a position to land in a new country without reservations. If we’d did, we’d figure it out and not panic.”

Elephant viewing from the fence between Marloth Park and Kruger National Park.

Funny, isn’t it? And now, not knowing where we’ll be in a week, a month, let alone a year. Next time, down the road, when we broach this topic we’ll certainly look at it in a different light.


While on cruises or socializing in any country, we’re often asked, “How far out do you book your travel?”


We always answered, “As far out as it takes for us to feel comfortable, usually about two years.” 

There may be one elephant or 40. However many there may be, we’re always thrilled to see them.

At the beginning of our world travels, we only felt at ease with bookings out as far as those two years. But, as each year passed, we became less stringent about this, generally dropping it down to about a year as time moved on, while always having some cruises booked into the distant future.


Here we are now, with nary an idea of where we’ll be at any point in the future and oddly, we’re still ok. We aren’t afraid. We aren’t stressed. We aren’t uncomfortable. 

This flock of ostriches is often found in a particular area near the river we often visit when on daily drives. Note the chick on the far left.
Our goal is to stay free of the virus and to be able to stay in a country where we can resume somewhat of a normal life, in a house with a view, with a kitchen, cooking our meals, doing laundry, going out sightseeing and, sitting outdoors on a veranda. 

We may not be able to visit crowded venues, but we’d always avoided typically crowded tourist hotspots. However, we’ve loved the opportunity to take a drive to find interesting scenery, wildlife, and nature, all the while taking photos to share with all of you here. 
Tom feeding kudu girls and boys from the veranda. 

I can’t wait to be taking photos again, even imagining that first trip to a grocery store to stock up, with a camera in hand. Most likely, our first photos will be of a new holiday home, its view and immediate surroundings, and a trip to the market to revel over the food options…humm…even some beef will be a treat.


At this point, we haven’t been inside a grocery store in six months! We haven’t cooked a meal in six months! We haven’t had a chunk of quality cheddar cheese or a handful of nuts when we’ve been hankering for a midday or evening snack! 

Wildebeest Willie ate a few pellets, looked at us, and was on his way, the other following close behind.

And, at this point, we haven’t had a glass of wine or a cocktail in 100 days! Wow! I’ll certainly take a photo of that first glass of wine, that first homemade meal, and that little plate of imported cheese to savor as a treat. 


We’d love a side salad, an olive, a pickle, real cream in French press coffee. Yesterday, while we watched an Irish cop series, Red Rock, Tom had to wipe the drool off his chin when he saw a plate of donuts.

A group of kudus is a “forkl” with females and males are together in a family unit, also referred to as a “harem.”

It’s all different now, one year later, the knowing and the not knowing, and most of all, the profound uncertainty of the future. May we all stay safe.

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Photo from one year ago today, July 2, 2019:

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