Archive for November 2014

A Busy Weekend

Sunday, 30. November 2014

Last weekend we made tangible progress towards our lodge.
Sand, stone and cement were already waiting for a week. Things get rolling with the arrival of heavy metal.
A picture paints a thousand words – what about a movie?
(As long as we are battling with the size of the movies, respectively the performance to access them, we stick with pics)

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Heavy metal is essential, but it is by no means all of it. Some have to look for the detail, others for the basics.
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The next phase indicated by the first wheel barrow of concrete going to its final destination.

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There is a long way to go, when rain kicks in. And the Gazebo, that protected the guys from the sun yesterday is now protecting the foundation from rain, when we come to realise that the builder was true from the beginning: We have not got delivered the right amount of stone and sand.

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Luckily we can now mix directly on site.
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There where moments, when we thought not even one foundation could be casted. But typical African, we made a plan, and it was not long for the final touches for the bed for bogey 1.
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This Morning’s Commute

Wednesday, 12. November 2014

My commute this morning out of the reserve, a birder might have it even more appreciated than me.
Today, there was barely any mammal visible; may be due to the light rain?

But there were more birds than ever. Besides the usual flocks of Blue Helmet Guinee Fowls, Starlings, Franklins and so on, there where

  • four Hammerkopp, actually it might have been only three, because one flew of and might have actually been the same showing as the next sighting;
  • a European Roller (he might be pretty stationary, since I see pretty often in the area I spotted him);
  • a Crested Barbet;
  • two Egrets (next to Bruce’s place); and last not least
  • an African Fish Eagle

Unfortunately I didn’t have a chance to take some pics, but I will screen my archives whether I have some shots of these inhabitants of our reserve, and post them later.