Friday, January 11, 2013

Camping in the Caprivi

 This works, don't you think?  There is so much to show, but having a slow internet connection makes it very difficult to post more than just a couple of pictures at a time.  I recently bought Lightroom, and Scott Kelby's  book that explains it, but as always, I am just stumbling along, trying to figure it out by myself.  Once we are home, I want to start some kind of organised study, to master both my camera and Lightroom...

The first set is a collection of pictures I took while we traveled from Tsumeb to the Kwando region in the eastern part of the Caprivi, where we waited on the New Year with my whole extended family. All my mother's children and grandchildren were there, and my brother and my father were there in the postures and smiles of the little ones who will keep on reminding us of them, even if they never knew them...

I love the thunderstorms here, they sweep in around 4pm, rage for a little while, and then leave.  The moments before the storm, when the sun casts eerie light on the trees with dark clouds in the background, are my favorite.
 We went on a drive on the Sunday before New Year, through the Bwabwata National Park.  It was my second time at the Horse Shoe, and that is where we saw the Impala and drove through a very big herd of elephants, perhaps as many as 50?  It is always thrilling.  The Hippos stayed at a distance, and I just missed a chance to snap a baby and his mom showing off their teeth.
And this is what camping is all about: let us see what we can cook on Cadac burners and a fire!  We had the most wonderful meals: Boerewors, Potjiekos, a roast, lamb chops, roasted potatoes, grilled chicken, food fit for kings.  Oh yes, and we baked a bread and made some "roosterkoeke", which we ate with my mothers fig preserves.  All without any refrigerators.  We kept things cool in cool boxes, and the men fetched ice from a store in Kongola, about 45 minutes away.

 I think we might start to camp when we get back, there has to be good spots to camp in the US too. If you know of any parks that are fairly remote but not too remote, with good enough ablution facilities (I prefer a shower and a toilet over roughing it completely), let me know!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Some progress!

Isn't it wonderful how you can knit wherever you are, and just be calm and see how the project takes shape, bit by bit?  I am still knitting my sister's Park Street Cardi, but now I can walk over and ask her to try it on every now and again.  We are in Tsumeb, Namibia,  our home away from home for the next 10 days or so.  I am still sorting through my photos, I get overwhelmed when I try to pick the ones that will describe this place the best.

I am very happy with the cardigan so far. I love the yarn (Puffin, by Quince & Co), the pattern is very well written, and I survived the short row shaping without having to frog a single row.  From here on, I only have to finish the sleeves and add the collar - I love these sweaters that are knit in one piece.

The book I am reading is a crime novel written by a very popular South African writer, Deon Meyer.  It is available in English, as Thirteen Hours.  If you are interested in one description of the new South Africa, I guess it is a good book to read.  I love crime mysteries, but I must say that despite the good enough story line, and the interesting perspective on South African life, the language is unnecessarily crude and it really gets under my skin.  Maybe I just do not want to know what a policeman thinks every moment of a very stressful day?  I am going to finish it, though.  I have to know what happens in the end.

And I thought I should add just one picture to tell about our past week or two.  I promise that my children were all safely inside vehicles.

Looking forward to seeing what everyone is up to over at Ginny's Yarn Along!