What a paradise we live in, here at Senuko in the Save Valley Conservancy. Hyenas and lions have been regularly calling all night-I have Kelli with me in the bush and we drove home from a bush dinner a few nights ago through two groups of hyenas, one youngster coming so close to our car that we could see into his ears….
spotted hyena and cub
but there is a downside -no electricity for two days now due to bad winds knocking down poles which are not fixed yet, and so no water is getting pumped to our hilltop house. The heavy rains and winds have knocked down trees in the neighbouring towns of Chiredzi and Triangle, school was closed monday after a large tree fell and cut a classroom block in half, on a sunday morning when no children were sitting inside………..
Our generator is dead, so no back up power…we are cooking on fire and bathing in buckets, and only limited internet till inverter dies….sigh! It’s tough in paradise!…………..
ok, two days later…. Power is back on at our bush house, Tsavene, but still no water due to failure of water-pump on the flooding Mkwasine river-so we continue to bucket bath-which is fine, but yesterday afternoon a black mamba decided to try the bucket bath in Kelli’s bathroom…luckily she was not sharing the bucket at the same time…………………………….
Despite all hazards, such as snakes and raging rivers, this is still a safer environment to live in than downtown London,Miami, Houston or Cape Town!
Not that I did not LOVE living in those places, I love the contrast of buzzy city life, art exhibitions, food and theatre, with the wholly different but just as exciting bush life…..
Lions rumbling and ground hornbills booming this morning at dawn……….
Kelli has decided to create a blog, going to be called Best of Both Worlds, can’t wait to read her stories……
The Save Valley Conservancy stretches along the upper reaches of the great Save River in the south east of Zimbabwe. The Gonarezhou National Park laps against the southern banks of the Save River and between these two nestles the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve. These three celebrated wildlife areas form part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, (GLTFCA)- a unique wilderness jewel which is home to the “Big Five” (endangered Black and White rhinos, elephants, buffalo, lion, leopard) and the ”Little Six” (Klipspringer, Suni, Duiker, Steenbok, Sharpe's Grysbok and Oribi). Endangered African wild dogs, Cheetah, Brown hyena, Bat-eared foxes and a host of special birds and plants contribute to the immense variety of this ecosystem. Communities around the GLTFCA contribute to innovative partnerships with National Parks and the private sector, forming a sound base on which to manage social, economic and environmental issues.
This is home to artist and writer Lin Barrie and her life partner, conservationist Clive Stockil.
Expressing her hopes, fears and love for this special ecosystem with oil paints on canvas, Lin Barrie believes that the essence of a landscape, person or animal, can only truly be captured by direct observation.
Lin Barrie states: “Through my art, and my writing, I feel an intimate connection with the natural world, and from my extensive field sketches of wild animals, people and landscapes, I create larger works on canvas.
Lin's work is in various public and private collections in South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Australia, England, Canada, Sweden and the United States of America. She is represented by galleries in South Africa, Zimbabwe, England, Kenya and Florida, USA.