It was a bit odd spending the night away from our little bush house, sleeping in another king-sized bed, dining at the elaborate bar in their luxurious lounge, while watching another episode of Shark Tank. Before and after dinner, we enjoyed sitting on the veranda, watching wildlife wander by on the dirt road adjoining Louise and Danie’s property.
Lately, with all of my itching bites, I dread bedtime when all the itching seems to worsen. We’re hoping the extensive fumigation will have eliminated the issue. We’ll know over the next few days when hopefully, I don’t get any new evidence of the dust mite allergy.
Last night, on WhatsApp we spoke to friends Rita and Gerhard from the state of Washington, USA. Years ago, they stumbled across our site and eventually came to Marloth Park when they’d read so much as to how we love it here. When they came in 2018 and stayed for a few months, we had an opportunity to meet them and we hit it off, so well that we became fast friends, spending lots of fabulous times together.
In December, they hosted a fantastic surprise birthday party for Tom and a month later we did a birthday party for Rita. Now, they are in the process of getting their “retirement visa” for South Africa using the law firm that we’d use for the waiver to return to South Africa when we overstayed our visas when I had heart surgery and we were banned for five years.
At some point, we may decide to apply for a retirement visa as well, eliminating the hassle of having to leave every three months when we come here. This doesn’t mean we’d live here permanently. It simply means we can come and stay for six or nine months every few years without the hassle. We shall see. As with everything right now, plans are up-in-the-air due to Covid-19.
It looks like they may have their retirement visa finalized by May and will be able to return for another few months’ stay. Recently, we found out from dear friends Kathy and Don, they will be able to return to Marloth Park in July. That’s a long time away, but hopefully, we’ll all be able to get together again, as more and more friends eventually return to Marloth Park, especially, after receiving their Covid-19 vaccinations.
Also, we’re thrilled Linda and Ken will be back in Marloth Park for a few days. Saturday night, we’ll all dine at Jabula, and Monday night’s dinner will be hosted at our house.
But, even for us, so much is up in the air. Will we have to return to the US when our next visa is up in July in order to get the vaccination allowing us to cruise and travel in the future? Only time will tell when right now. At this point, South Africa will not provide vaccinations for non-citizens. This could change. We’ll continue to watch the news.
Last night, while sitting outdoors on Louise and Danie‘s veranda, we had a hysterical time, laughing for almost an hour, over the antics of a kudu mom and her two youngsters, when they were bombarded with oxpeckers, the funny birds with orange beaks, who eat insects and clean wounds of some of the wildlife including kudus, giraffes, warthogs, and others.
These birds are persistent and even if the animal shakes them off, which they often do. They are relentless and will return seconds later. Last night, when a flock of oxpeckers stayed attached to the three kudus, we laughed over something we’d never seen before…the kudus appeared to be in a trance with their ears down, while the oxpeckers did their thing.
As a result, we took several photos, most of which we’re sharing here today. Soon, once load shedding ends, we’ll head back to our house which is currently being “spring cleaned” by Zef and Vusi. The house was clean before the fumigation, but Louise insisted that every inch of the house was thoroughly cleaned of any potential dust and each room aired out to eliminate the smell from the fumigation.
We are so grateful for their attention to detail along with the commitment to rid the house of any possible dust mites. In the meantime, as much as we’ve enjoyed it at Louise and Danie’s home, we’re anxious to get back to our little house. Louise sent me a photo from when she was overseeing the work at the house, that Frank was looking for me. He was peering inside the screen door, wondering where his seeds were. She spotted the seed container, leaving a little pile on the veranda floor so he and The Misses could partake. So sweet.
The bush always surprises us! May you have a great day!
Photo from one year ago today, March 16, 2020:
|Another of our favorite tiger photos taken while on safari in India. For more, please click here.|