Sue and Gordon’s Notebook – Third Quarter
Who flicked the switch?!!
As quickly as the seasons have changed so too have our frogs arrived. Literally overnight the familiar and summery sound of the frogs can be heard. Whilst they have chosen to keep their appearance secretive they can be heard giving it a full belt each night from the lodge koi pond. They are starting small and lulling us into a false sense of security. The crescendo of sound is going to build as summer continues until we are all hunting for their off buttons!
The main office, at our house, overlooks a water feature with a small waterfall. Now that the temperature has increased there are a myriad of birds and butterflies that are bathing and frolicking on the stones. We have had mocking cliff chats, waxbills, weavers, wagtails and many more. Beautiful flashes of colour in the sunlight. The largest of the visitors have been the grey loeries( go away birds) who strut their stuff along the back wall. Should I have forgotten to put out their daily apple they toddle up to the office window and peer in demandingly for their treat!
There is an ongoing “war” at the breakfast table in the breezeway as the glossy starlings battle with us humans for access to the muesli (their absolute favourite) or the butter dishes. Innocently I asked the waitresses why they were making patterns in the butter for the brunch table. I was enlightened that the pattern makers were actually the glossies enjoying the buffet!
As you will have read our maintenance vehicle, “the skorro” has had its fair share of excitement when it comes to out manoeuvring elephants but I have come to the conclusion that these grey creatures use it as training tool for younger members of the herd.
In desperation the one day we drove backwards to the lister- no mean feat I must tell you on that road- so we could make a quick get away, As the skorro has no wing mirrors there was much craning of necks and twisting around to see what we would come across. Mirth overcame caution and we had to stop the vehicle as we were laughing so much.
As it is so warm and the first likelihood of rain will only be in November the waterhole in front of the lodge is under tremendous pressure. Every type of animal has been down to drink and a few nights ago we saw the very first aardwolf come to the waterhole.
This morning we awoke to the sound of the dominant male lion in the area
Wishing you all a wonderful Summer and we hope to see you soon in our part of the world,
Gordon, Sue and the Bush House Family