And Relax... maybe

Trip Start Dec 25, 2009
Trip End Dec 14, 2010

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Flag of South Africa  , Mpumalanga,
Thursday, February 25, 2010

The official handover has taken place so this week I'm just in back up mode. I'll be taking charge (been a while since I've said that...) of a few things before I move on to the next place but mostly I'm just the background advice person now.
My arm is still fluctuating in how well it's healing. I have days when I feel like I could get rid of the brace for a few hours but then I have others when it feels as bad as the week after I fractured it. (Thank god I haven't felt as bad as that first few days though - not happy jan in that week!)
We've seen our regular managery of animals being the kudu, red hartebeest, ostrich and baboons and I've even started becoming friendly with the horses which normally isn't much but everyone classes these horses as tame but wild so for me to have patted the one with with the floppy ear (Roachie??) is a big step. One who has chestnut skin and black curly hair is buddy buddy with me which is quite nice. And as we speak the lone giraffe has been spotted for only the second time after its release a number of months ago. I am quite excited about the fact we saw pangolin tracks in two places though which brings me one step closer to my big goal animal.
Aside from that we've been doing lots of fencing (or the group has, I'm not much use with only one arm...) and have finished removing a fenceline between Lower Horse Tree and 4x4 which is great.
I had a small success in that I finally got a South African number after many a week trying to simply get a sim card and then having many an issue with a new law about registering them. But success and I can now save a bit of money and not pay a phone company for re-routing phone calls, etc internationally on a regular basis.
On a bit of a sad note, I did have a bit of a moody week  [some comments removed]. Hopefully I'm mostly out of that and (as "Meet the Robinsons" says... I watched it yesterday) "Keep Moving Forward" rather than stew over little things.
I've been moving up the chain with the heirarchy of the monkeys on all fronts. The older ones know me and are starting to approach a little closer but if I say to go they do as well which is fantastic. Fiona and Simon (aside from the fits they now both chuck every now and then) are quite happy too. I took them on a walk the other day and Fiona was so excited when we stopped at one point. She did learn that stink bugs aren't good eating but they are good to wipe over people, haha. She has been learning a bit in the past few days - wasps are bad, she got stung by one; and spiders are good eating.
The dogs are doing well, I've taken over the job of daily tick searches and, although Nahla wont let me touch her ears any more after I got 3 large ones off once, they all like the attention and pats they get as a result.
Next planned is an overnight camp and then after that is a Kruger trip to do with a group of new people coming so it'll be busy and a bit of fun too with any luck!

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