Walking the Cats
For anybody who has been following the indoor-outdoor cat debate on this blog in the last week, take a look at this video which 2Summers found online. Quite amazing! The normally indoor-only cats in this video look really happy. Just like dogs going for a walk.
The deal with the Devil
Several of you have asked how my deal with “the Devil” is going. Well, it started off quite well, but then I had a bad couple of days, and it was put on hold. Before he left on his adventure, Willie asked me whether the title of my next post was going to be “And the Devil lost!”. My answer to him is that “The Devil” just has to be a little patient. So then I started getting texts from him signed “The Devil”! Think he’s trying to remind me of the deal?!
I have to confess that even though I’ve been feeling really good in the last week – winter is here at last and the temperatures have dropped dramatically – I haven’t been doing much cleaning or organizing. Being pain-free for the first time in months, I’ve spent the time doing the things that I normally can’t do. However, I will have to make an effort before “The Devil” returns.
Keeping busy while somebody else is minding the store
So while 2Summers was writing her guest post and fielding comments this week, I had a somewhat more relaxing time. Although I wasn’t completely idle. I was re-thinking my strategy for my Notes from Africa | Photoblog, which I’d been neglecting for most of the summer. Not only that, but I was changing the layout of the blog. After trying in vain to find a WordPress theme I liked (it seems good functionality and good layout don’t always go together!), I decided to play with the CSS code on my current theme (Twenty Ten). That didn’t really sort out my unhappiness with the layout entirely though. Then it dawned on me that here was a photoblog, yet the homepage had a lot of writing on it, and not too many photos. So as of this week I’m changing my strategy there. Firstly, by putting a really nice photo at the top of a post, and then “hiding” most of the writing and additional photos behind a “continue reading” link. I was looking for a WordPress theme which did this automatically, but didn’t find one I liked. Not even amongst the new premium themes available on WordPress.com. So this will be the next best option . . . until something better comes along. Maybe I should submit my wish-list to WordPress?!
Aside: I am still experimenting with the link colours (wanted them to be different to this blog, so that readers can easily see the difference), so don’t be scared away by the current ones. There’s a good chance they won’t stay. In fact, if anyone has a good suggestion, please leave a comment. My personal preference is for “warmer” link colours.
An update re: our intrepid adventurers who are currently participating in Mozambique 2011.
They have been away for over a week now. After three days of driving they finally arrived at their camp at Pomene, Mozambique. Exhausted, as you can imagine, but they rallied nicely and are now having lots of fun.
Six years ago when they were there, the camp was extremely basic, with no local supply of fresh fruit and vegetables, and even more importantly no link to the outside world. Now the camp has been developed some more and there are even chalets (like the ones in this post). The locals have seen a new market for their wares, and now cater to the tourists by growing vegetables and fruit and baking fresh bread. Apparently, the locals consider bartering with fish as a form of payment too, which makes everyone happy. Very importantly, the camp now has Vodacom (a South African cellphone network) reception! So Willie’s group have been able to call and text home to let everyone know they’re okay. The only “problem” with this is that I have been tasked with looking up the weather conditions and wave heights (all of this matters, apparently) every couple of days, and texting them the information. This is so they can plan their water-based activities accordingly. The Internet hasn’t made it to Pomene yet . . .
I have asked Willie how the two women who went along are doing, and he says it’s going well. “The Sister” – an avid shopper – has already checked out the shopping prospects in the local village. Which are not great, I’m told. Both women are exploring the area, swimming, sunbathing, reading and taking lots of photographs. The men are trying to include them in certain activities e.g. kayaking.
Everybody is in good health so far. This has been an issue on a previous trip, with one guy developing blood poisoning and having to be evacuated back to Nelspruit in South Africa, for medical attention. This time they went prepared with a comprehensive medical aid kit put together by our doctor and pharmacist. This included several different antibiotics which should kill any type of infection they might pick up. And of course they’re all taking their anti-malaria medication daily.
I’m just wondering whether the ladies will try and upgrade their accommodation . . .