|This lion and her mate were right near our camp !|
We had visitors last week, actually friends of my brother-in-law, but they have been so enchanted with our part of the world they are building a house to retire to a few hundred yards from us. They flew down to check on things (they live at the other end of SA just south of the Mozambique border) and stayed with us for five days. We thoroughly enjoyed their visit and we got on superbly well. In fact, it was mentioned how different my husband is from his brother. We reminisced back about 30 years (can it be so long?) when we all went to the Kalahadi Frontier National Park together on a 5-day wilderness experience. It was quite something: we even had to take our own water and a spade (for 'bathroom' visits in the veld). Lions roamed around our temporary camps, with the side effect that my daughter and I refused to use our spades the whole time and had to use serious 'opening' medicines at the end of our stay. Each night we made a 'laager' of the three vehicles and pitched our tents. Four of us would be happily settled around a fire with a drink in our hands while the remaining two - my brother-in-law and his wife, would still be rattling around in their car trying to find an ideal site to camp. Each time we thought it was decided, my sister-in-law would find fault with something, and they would be off again. My exasperated brother-in-law said he felt like a weaver bird - every nesting site he chose was rejected by his wife. The two of them entertained us throughout the five days, as they never seemed to agree on anything else. Our current visitors commented that they had been on vacation with other couples since, but the holidays were rather tame by comparison, as there were absolutely no heated marital arguments at all. They found themselves nostalgically wishing they could re-live their lively week in the Kalahadi. I should add the couple we speak of have now been happily married for about 48 years.