Friday, 28 April 2017

Moments of Joy

Making friends with a tame springbok

We are back home. My brother-in-law is (incredibly) holding on, his pride intact, not yet bed-ridden, but terribly thin. Every day that we were there, many people came to visit and every day some-one phoned and said they would be coming the next day. So we made cakes and served endless tea and coffee and he willed himself to get out of bed, shower and dress - for his guests. Those in the know say it is unbelievable how long cancer sufferers can last when to the observer things look terminal. In between, farming must go on: at one stage we were asked to feed a hand-reared baby 'duiker' (a small buck) while our nephew was away for a night.  At first, she was very reluctant to accept the bottle, although she did lick my neck when I sat on the floor.  Eventually, I stood up, accidentally holding the bottle between my legs - and voil√†! Success.
Getting the right position by chance
Then she was OK.
Then she was OK.  My sister-in-law's garden looks amazing (lots of underground water and a full-time gardener). It's very therapeutic and I know it will sustain her when she is alone. Another time, I said hello to a previously hand-reared springbok, now fully grown and in with the herd.  She will still separate herself from them and come to the fence to renew her ties with humans. But increasingly less, as it should be.  And so: a carer having been installed (but not yet being allowed to help) we have come home to catch up on our lives. We have had out first shower of rain so we are hoping the drought this end of South Africa will have a chance of being broken this season. Not so our economic 'Junk' status.  But this is Africa - land of the corrupt presidential regimes.  Little did Nelson Mandela envisage such a scenario when he and his advisers devised our 'wonderful Constitution' which unfortunately, allows a President basically to have Absolute Power - and we all know where that leads.  George Orwell had it right.
Part of my sister-in-law's stunning garden


  1. Those moments of joy are what life is all about.

    1. I'll never forget your moving posts during your husband's illness.

  2. I am so sorry about his suffering. it is nice of you to help out with the farming.