Family ties, photoshoots and Easter renewals: 1st of April


Easter  weekend has been a joyful reunion with Bianca, Lorraine’s daughter, and her husband Ben, who have brought baby Ethan to Africa from Australia. First great grandchild for Dad. Great gramps has been so pleased, bonding with Ethan immediately and Ethan has been the most relaxed, smiling baby I’ve ever seen who has just travelled thousands of miles in a plane. After being used to holding the delicate little girls in our family, cuddling this solid little mass of wriggle-power feels like controlling a rugby ball!
Lorraine and Wayne, proud new grandparents, travelled from Binga.
Bolliti Misto was on the menu for a celebratory dinner Friday night. I simmered ox tongue, silverside and a whole fat chicken in stock with a clove-studded onion and celery, and served it with roasted cherry tomatoes from Steve and Clare’s garden and butternut risotto.
Kelli’s wonderful Christmas present to the whole family was a voucher for us to have a family photo shoot with a professional photographer friend of hers. Michelle hauled her cameras (and ladder for fun shots!) today, and we gathered in the Borrowdale garden , all dressed in white shirts, for our photographic debut with Ethan……..
Can not wait to see the photos, although sadly Clive could not be here due to work pressures. Glenn and family have been tied to Senuko, so their presence was also lacking.
Tonight Kelli and Michele have accompanied Bianca, Ben, baby Ethan and Bianca’s dearest friend Robyn, to Coimbra for peri peri chicken. I have made a chicken omelette for Dad and we have retired early,  happy with the lovely day we have just had.


About wineandwilddogs

Lin Barrie 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.
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