We were away from home and in the “big city” for a week. We spent some special time with family and dear friends in Pretoria and Johannesburg. And as much as we are going to miss everyone that side again, I have to say it was awesome to drive over the bridge towards Malelane Gate and our home on Wednesday!
I had closed our big front gate when we left. But now, when I got back with two tired and grumpy boys in the car, I struggled to get the gate open… Our front gate stays in place with two metal rods that you lift to open and close it, but I could not lift them to save my life! So I had a good look. One of the rods was completely bent ninety degrees. What on earth…?
When I finally got inside and the boys out of the car, I had a look around the garden. Three piles of dung confirmed my suspicion: An elephant had pushed the front gate open, bending the metal rods! Compared to the elephant that would carefully scale the fence of our yard in Letaba (read my blog “There is an elephant at my window” here), this is an EXTREMELY naughty and very determined elephant!
A quick check of the veggie patch showed no elephant damage there. And my radishes, peppers and potatoes are actually looking good! I later learnt that our neighbours heard the elephant push the gate open and they came to my vegetable’s rescue. It apparently wasn’t easy to get this young bull out of our yard. And when he finally left, he went straight to their gate and also pushed it open! Oh dear. I think we have a very stroppy elephant on our hands here! The bush around us is greening up nicely after the rain we had. There should be enough food for the elephant in the veld. I hope he stays there for now!
Two days before I left, we had about 14mm of rain and I got another 12 in my rain gauge during our absence. It is such a beautiful time of year now and it actually looks like the bush has exploded with bright, fresh green leaves overnight! The type of bright green you only get once a year after the first rains.
The Mopani pomegranates are flowering here and there; making the scrub that looks completely bland out of season, a stunning yellow feature in the middle of all the green. I cannot wait for the first impala babies to be born!!