Day #126 in lockdown Mumbai, India hotel…Our new website…Streaming issues…Our worst nightmare…

A Great White Heron standing in the water at Sunset Dam in Kruger National Park.

Note: To all of our readers visiting our site via a smartphone, please click the “View web version” tab under the word, “Home” at the bottom of the page to access the web version enabling you to access all of our archives on the right side of the page. We’ll be updating our site shortly, making these extra steps unnecessary. Thank you. 

Today’s photos are from July 27, 2018, while in Marloth Park, South Africa. See the link here for more photos.



The process of re-doing our website and moving over almost 3000 historical posts from the archives is taking longer than we’d expected. But, we aren’t concerned at all when the developer stays in close touch with us, sending the links as it progresses day by day. We’ve been happy with their service, a company, coincidentally here in India.

This was our friend Tusker. He is the sweetest guy who comes to visit several times each day, particularly after 1600 hours (4:00 pm). He was so comfortable he often stayed for a short nap.

As many of us are aware, India, in general, has some of the most skilled tech people in the world, and we were thrilled to use the services of a well-known company with rave reviews. We’ll post more information on this company once we go “live” with our new site sometime in the next 45 days. 


I’d anticipated this process would be stressful, but our skilled and calm developer has made it as painless as possible for me, quickly responding to changes and inquiries.

We never tired of seeing these wondrous animals, both in Kruger and in Marloth Parks.

We’ll give you, our readers, a heads-up, when we know it will go live. The link will be the same and thus, there will be nothing for you to do but to continue reading and commenting as you have over the past eight-plus years.


On another note, we’ve been grateful for the excellent WiFi connection we’ve had during the past 126 days in this hotel. But, as more and more businesses re-open in India, although cases of COVID-19 continue to rise rapidly, we’ve noticed a slowing of the connection from time to time.

Zebras crossing the road in Kruger.

Don’t get me wrong. We appreciate being in this wonderful hotel with great food and service, especially with the conscientious efforts to protect all of us from the virus, requiring their staff to live on the premises, unable to leave for months at a time until they are given a two-week break.


(When a staff member returns from their time off, we are only served by those that have been in residence for at least two full weeks, continuing to ensure our safety).

A bloat of hippos at Sunset Dam in Kruger.

Our worst nightmares here would be (beyond exposure to COVID-19 or other health issues) is that WiFi service would go down in Mumbai, or in the hotel. At that point, we’d lose our ability to continue to post, and equally important is our ability to stream shows from the internet to our HDMI cable to the flat-screen TV.


Last night, we had a taste of what that would be like when, for some odd reason, we were unable to stream on Netflix for the first time since we arrived on March 24, 2020.

OK, folks here’s a new one for you…This is a “bask” of crocodiles!

We were watching season four of the wonderful historical series, Reign when the signal dropped over and over again. I started and re-started my laptop to no avail. For a period of two hours, we continued to attempt to get the show to resume. 


Finally, the later it got, the signal improved. A factor we have to consider is the reality that as more time passes, the hotel has more and more guests, mostly business travelers, since primarily this hotel is geared toward business travelers.

As winter continues there’s less and less green vegetation for the wildlife both in Kruger and Marloth Park.

Some domestic flights have resumed in India, although as we’ve mentioned international travel remains at a standstill. The added domestic travelers have certainly had an impact on the quality of the WiFi in the evening hours when most will be online. 


Hopefully, we won’t experience this issue going forward.


Stay safe and healthy!

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Photo from one year ago today, July 27, 2019:

A six-year-old photo posted last year when our photo inventory for Ireland was lacking. Busy preparations surrounding the church in Campanario as workers rushed to get the decorations in place for Saturday’s religious festivities. For the post one year ago, please click here.