A Special Laundry Day!!
Steven and I have been very busy around the house the past week. We are finally catching up on all sorts of little DIY projects that we have been putting off for a long time. We simply cannot use the excuse that we are ‘too busy’ any more. 😉 Besides, keeping busy gets the mind off the lock-down blues. But in all our DIY endeavours, I have not been to the Laundromat in a while. And I urgently needed to!!
So Friday morning early, I left for camp. The mornings are really getting nippy now. The leaves on the trees are slowly changing colour and are slowly starting to fall. On some mornings, we can see some mist coming up for the river. This time of the year is simply stunning and it was a real treat to get out a bit and enjoy the beauty of the changing seasons in the park.
The elephants have made short work of the Marula tree they pushed over at the T-junction. The only thing left there are dry twigs on the asphalt and lots and lots of elephant poo. I had a silent chuckle when I drove around the debris. The ellies are loving their ‘holiday’ from people.
Not far from the T-junction, a shape on the left-hand side of the road caught my eye: it was the reddish-brown mane of a beautiful male lion! I have really been lucky and blessed with my lion sightings on my way to do my washing! And this big boy was so handsome! He was enjoying the warming rays of the morning sun.
I sat there next to him for a while. I might be struggling emotionally with this lock-down from time to time, but spending quality time with a lion is a great way to lift the spirits!! It reminds me of how lucky and privileged we are to live here. And of how thankful I am that I am allowed to do my washing in camp. Since we are not allowed to drive around just for the fun of it. Hugs, being social and having people visit will happen again. But having Kruger all to myself is a once in a lifetime experience!!
Once my two loads of washing were on, I drove to the campsite. I thought it would be nice to wait there for the 45 minutes it takes for the washing machines to finish a load. It was still very early in the morning and in the shade, it was still quite cold. So I decided to sit in my car for a bit with the windows open and reply to a few messages.
I wasn’t there for more than a minute when a big family of crested Francolins came rushing to my car. The adults were tsjrrrrr tsjrrrr-ing to their half-grown babies to hurry along. The whole family group came to a halt close to my door. “Hello, julle!” I said to the Francolins that were all looking at me, obviously expecting food. “I have nothing for you. Besides, we are not allowed to feed you!” I then told the beady-eyed birds.
Then, without any warning, two of the youngsters flew up and almost flew into the car!! I waved my arms at them while yelling I cannot remember exactly what. Luckily, instead of landing on the windowsill, or worse, inside the car, the two Francolins ended up on my bonnet!
“Jislaaik, you two gave me a big fright!” I reprimanded the two young birds, who then tsjrrr-tsjrrrrr-ed at me through my windscreen in response. In my haste to take a video of this comic scene, I accidentally turned on my windscreen wipers! And that waved the two birds off my bonnet and sent the whole family on their way.
I was still smiling from my funny Francolin encounter when a movement on the other side of the fence caught my eye. It was a wild dog!!! He was trotting past, occasionally stopping to look behind him. There was blood on his face.
My jaw dropped to the floor. “Oh my goodness…” I whispered and climbed out of the car as quickly as I could. I rushed over to the fence and scanned the fence-line from right to left to see if there were any more dogs. The wild dog I saw from the car went through the dip on the left of the camping grounds and then disappeared from view.
Quickly, I walked along the fence in the direction the dog was looking before. I looked and looked. And then another wild dog appeared in the distance. And another one!! I could not believe my luck! They must have made a kill close by because their faces all looked covered in blood. I probably just missed it!
When I wanted to wait for my washing in the camping grounds, I thought I would maybe see a few impala’s and possibly a zebra or elephant. Never in my wildest dreams, I expected to see Wild Dogs on Laundry Day! How special is that!! So with a whole bunch of clean washing and an amazing story to tell, I returned home.
Look after yourselves, everyone! And stay safe!
Warm virtual hug, Linda