The Coronavirus is getting closer to home
To my knowledge, Malalane had the first confirmed case of the Coronavirus in Mpumalanga. That was a few weeks ago already. Recently, two employees of one of our supermarkets in town tested positive for the virus and all the employees were sent home to self-isolate. Subsequently, management chose to close the store for two weeks because of operational issues. This is the supermarket we do our grocery shopping. The supermarket Steven visited on Sunday morning as well as the week before.
All of a sudden, it feels like there is a bit of a crack in our safe bubble here in Kruger. Steven always takes all the necessary precautions when he goes to town and washes his hands thoroughly when he comes home. So my common sense tells me we will be fine. But my inner voice cannot help but worry a bit about each cough, sneeze or wheeze that comes from any of the four of us.
In order to clear my head, I went for a bit of a run on the bridge today. We all love going to the bridge, but there is always so many people and traffic that it feels a bit unsafe. Today, I had the whole bridge to myself.
After 14 days of lock-down during the Coronavirus pandemic, I should be used to seeing the bridge empty by now. But it still was a very surreal experience not to have to worry about passing cars. Not to have the noise of car engines drown out the sounds of the birds. Not to hear any human voices.
It was beautiful and good for the soul to be out for a bit. A hippo died upstream from us in front of Pestana Kruger. And I could see lots of crocodiles on the carcass and making their way to the carcass. (Steven thinks it died in a territorial fight).
I marvelled at the variety of birds I could see on either side. Pied kingfishers, Giant Kingfishers, Black-winged stilt, Thick knees, Three-banded plovers, Darters, Cattle egrets, Great white egrets, Little egrets and green-backed herons just to name a few.
The sunlight streamed down from an opening in the clouds and highlighted the green on the northern bank of the river. One of those moments you try and capture on camera, but no picture will ever do it justice. That is when I went back home to get Steven, Alex and Jack. They could also do with some exercise on the bridge.
Alex loved riding his bike without me constantly reminding him to be careful of the cars. Jack ran the length of the bridge with me four times! They will sleep well tonight!! And if I just listen to my common sense and not to the part of me that is a little bit scared of this invisible Coronavirus, so will I.