Tom’s first haircut in Marloth Park…Viewing nocturnal wildlife solution…

Tom needed a haircut, as shown in this photo.

“Sighting of the Day in Bush”

These funny francolins make us laugh. They run like crazy, are very shy and make the loudest noises we’ve heard in the park. We toss out seeds for them but then we have to back off or they won’t go near them if they see us.

Tom needed a haircut. It had been almost three months since his last trip to a barbershop in Buenos Aires where they gave him a beer, (they also offered me one, but I graciously declined) and he received the best haircut he’d had in years.

Tom was seated at the station under these photos.

We always get a kick out of his haircuts in locations all over the world, usually every three months or so and often with an outstanding story to tell. Yesterday’s good cut at the Marloth Park Salon wasn’t as story-worthy as many in the past but none the less was worthy of a mention in today’s post along with the photos.

This is a booth where customers could have a beverage and wait for their appointment.

Earlier in the day, we headed back to Komatipoort to the pharmacy and hardware store. We were looking for some spotlight to illuminate the yard at night enabling us to take better photos of the visitors that come to call.

The female stylist worked on Tom while the male stylist had fun entertaining a young girl. Locally, the male stylist is called, “Jack, Just Jack.”

Plus, right now, we’re determined to take photos of the bush babies eating the small-sized fruity yogurt cups we’ve been putting on the tiny stand in a tree, as shown in this photo below:

It’s not uncommon to see these bush baby platforms in homeowner’s trees (such as this one in our yard) for the very purpose of putting out fruit and yogurt for the nocturnal bushbabies who are hard to see at night as they fly through the trees.

We weren’t home last night (more on that in tomorrow’s post) but the prior night for the first time since we arrived, we actually had a chance to see the bush babies eating from the little cup of fruity yogurt. 

The finished product looked best after he washed it and blew it dry. The cost was ZAR 130 with tip, (US $11.01).

But, it was so dark that we couldn’t get a good photo without using flash, which prompted us to consider purchasing some spotlight that we can set up for a few hours each night, turning off when we go inside long after dinner.

The entrance to Marloth Park Hair Salon where Tom got his haircut.

Using the spotlight, which we purchased at the hardware store for ZAR 258, (US $21.02) we may be able to get a few photos of visitors at night. We’ve don’t want to startle the animals with a camera flash but they seem to be fine with spotlights in the yards of our friends in the park. They’re interested in what we have to offer, food-wise and not as concerned as the lighting arrangement.

The tiny strip mall where Tom got his haircut yesterday.

While on night drives in Kruger National Park, the rangers use spotlights to enable the guests to see the fantastic nocturnal animals. It won’t be much different from using the light as shown below for that very purpose:

The spotlight we purchased in Komatipoort for viewing of nocturnal wildlife such as elusive bushbabies.

Tonight, we’ll be dining on the veranda, as always, anxious to see how our new lantern works to light the way for our nocturnal friends who hopefully stop by.

We hope all of you have a wonderful day and evening as you prepare for Easter or Passover holiday (for those who celebrate). And may all of you who do not observe these holidays, also have a wonderful day and evening.

Photo from one year ago today, March 29, 2017:

A sunny day view of a portion of the Sydney skyline. For more details, please click here.