A Trip to the Laundromat and a Snake on my Head!
The first thing I like to do when I wake up is to open the curtains and see what animals are outside our front gate. Today, there was a long parade of impalas coming past the house. I love these dainty antelope! It looks like the rutting season is about to begin because there were lots of little skirmishes between the males.
I had to make another trip to the Laundromat today. And while I was getting all of our dirty washing together, Alex asked me if he could come with me. I sadly had to tell him no. How do you explain to a five-year-old that he cannot come with you to the Laundromat? They normally go everywhere with us. “It is because of the Corona, my angel,” I told him. He looked at me with a concerned look on his face. “Mama, daai Corona is a monster, ne.” “Yes, my darling, it really is,” I replied and I stroked his hair. He understands all too well that this is not a normal situation at all.
I left our house with two hampers full of washing. At the gate into the park, the impalas that were in front of the house earlier were now walking under the thatch roof over the entrance into the park. I did not see a single human being on my 13-kilometre drive to the Laundromat.
What I did notice though, was that the animals are busy reclaiming the tar road! As I expected I encountered lots and lots of poo, compared to when I had to do laundry on the first day of the lock-down. A big herd of buffalo was grazing on the left-hand side of the road. And by the looks of the number of patties on the road, they had spent hours on the road relaxing.
The elephants seemed to have had a jol on the road a bit further up as well and had left steaming piles of dung, branches, leaves and twigs in their wake. A few elephants were hanging around the wallows next to the road that are once again nice and full from the rain we had last week. They were taking their sweet time drinking, walking from one side of the road to the other, taking a mouth-full of grass, a sip of water. They barely seemed to notice the presence of my car and I loved watching them as if they didn’t think I was there.
Just before camp, a little zebra foal was half asleep in the middle of the road. After this short drive, it felt to me like the bush and all of its animals were relaxing without the constant pressure of our human presence in the park. I wonder what it is going to look like in two and a half weeks’time.
Our washing was still a bit damp when it came out of the drying so when I got home from the Laundromat, I got the pegs inside to hang it on the washing line to dry. I paused in the open mosquito door to put my plakkies back on when I heard a sound of the metal gecko next to the door and then I felt something graze past my head and shoulder. When I looked next to me a snake was right up against the wall of the house!!!
My heart almost jumped out of my chest! I did not feel a bite, nevertheless, I quickly checked my shoulder and arm while I tried to make out what snake it was that fell on me. But the snake must have had a huge fright as well and quickly moved away.
I ran to the office where Steven was busy with his monthly paperwork and shouted: SNAKE at him through the closed office window. My dear husband was next to me in a split second and found the snake in the patch of grass in front of our bedroom window we planted a few weeks ago. “Looks like a Skaapsteker my love!” He reassured me. “Are you ok?” I must have had quite a bewildered look on my face….
But I am fine now. I got a bit of a fright and a few grey hairs. Not every day a snake falls on you. So all in all day 4 of our lock-down was not bad. Never a dull moment in the bush, as Steven and I always say. But ask me again in 17 days if that still applies;-)
I have written a few more blog posts about our experiences with snakes if you feel like some more reading during the lock-down. You can find them in the links here:
If you have missed Day 1 and Day 2 & 3 of our Lock-Down diary you can find them here: