Drank unctuous red wine and ate aromatic red bean curry last night. Lucille, a PHD student from France, arrived with our friend and scientist colleague, Peter Lindsay, to spend the night. She came bearing a bottle of Clos Saint-Martin, Madiran 2008, which we opened and savoured, accompanied by red sugar beans simmered all day on the open fire, spiced with mustard seeds, cumin and curry leaves….accompanied by my ‘famous’ samp and some roti flatbreads.
Lions had continued shouting all afternoon yesterday, perhaps on a kill nearby, but then last night were silent, much to Lucille’s frustration-this being her first visit to Southern Africa.
Four Redwing starling chicks, ready to face the big world, flapped and jumped around our bedroom all night, their nest in our beams abandoned. This morning the noisy and messy little creatures flew the coop and disappeared happily with mum and dad, leaving us to wake up to a quiet early morning coffee. Peace…but not for long…discovered a LARGE Boomslang curled in my bookshelf, below the deserted nest, anticipating a meal of baby bird.