Elephants and hares
Trip Start Jul 19, 2009
148Trip End Oct 25, 2010
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Today was not one of my finest days, so after sunset I took myself up the hill to admire the views and sort myself out.
Almost at the top I see an animal on the path. It was hard to make out what it was, peering against the remains of the light. A fox, a cat?
It was a hare. First time I saw one here. Actually, you don't come across that many wild animals here. A deer, a badger, squirrel, the occasional boar or rabbit. But for most it's domestic and farm animals.
This was a nice surprise. He was very big with enormous ears.
He had seen me too, and when I moved he moved. He'd then sit up, ears pricked up in the air, check me out, nibble a bit but always keeping the same distance between us. It was like a game.
When I tried to get too close he hopped off. I sat down in the grass hoping he would return if I kept very still, but he didn't.
Now I am wondering, where is he now? How do hares sleep? All tucked up together, babies and all? I suppose I could look it up, but it's nice to just imagine - to know he's out there somewhere, cosy and warm, sleeping.
I sat there for the longest time. Watching it grow dark, as the birds stopped singing and the stars appeared. The night air was balmy and sweet and I felt so at peace I wanted to lie back in the long grass and go to sleep. Wake up to the early morning sun without a care in the world.
I could still make out the silhouettes of the trees on the hills but without the details of the landscape it seemed I could be anywhere in the world.
I thought of Africa. Will there be a place there where I can sit like this, feel safe and one with my surroundings?
The stars will be the same, that's all I know. They will be my beacon.
No doubt there will be elephants and giraffes, amazing creatures, I hope to see them, but should I happen upon a hare, hopping about, checking me out, I'll smile and think back to this uneventful, wonderful evening.