Oh, what a night! Way too much fun! Tom's South Africa haircut...at last! A rare visitor...a great dinner...


"We're not moving! We're waiting on the others!"  We didn't mind a bit.  We'd have gladly waited for any amount of time.
There are times I say to myself, "Oh, please...this is too much fun!" Then again, I realize that both of us are easily entertained.  Really. 

An interesting insect or sighting of turtle walking across the yard has the ability to captivate us to the point of squealing with delight once we can let out our breath.
"We're coming!  We need a few more bites, before we join the others!"
We were always like this.  Only then, we didn't have access to this degree of almost constant stimulation.  Whether it's the sound of Lions roaring, the pleasant bubbly sound of Hippos as we lie in bed at night or the shuffling sound of a creature atop the roof, the pleasure only seems to stop when we're sleeping.
"Hold onto your shorts!"
It's ironic that this constant state of being "on the alert" and the sheer engagement when we discover yet another wonder, by 10:00 to 10:30 pm, I'm practically falling on my face.  Tom is not far behind.

And still the others had yet to join them while they anxiously looked their way.  At this point, traffic was backed up and as soon as there was an opening, we were on our way, our faces hurting from smiling.
Yesterday and last night, one of many days and nights, we had a particularly delightful time.  The heat was unbearable as a storm brewed, the air was thick was visible humidity.  We lasted outdoors for five hours finally throwing in the towel heading indoors to the loft with AC.
Yet to visit our yard, a mom and baby Wildebeest watched us drive by.
Due to the excessive heat, the AC wasn't able to keep up.  The lines frequently clog with insects, caused water to start dripping into the house.  When this occurred we had no option but it turn it off.  With AC in both bedrooms, I decided it was a good time to go into our bedroom, turn on the AC and read my book.  That didn't last long.

Definitely not pretty animals but, all of them are cute to us.  Although it's been very hot
here in the summer months, we're grateful we've come during the birthing season, seeing many babies.
Fearful of missing something, a short time later I turned off the AC, shut the door and looked outside for visitors.  What if we missed something else?  We'd had a great morning as shown in yesterday's post.
We were so excited to get this shot of one of the two monitor lizards living in our yard.  This photo was taken at the hottest point in the day.  Louise and Danie told us that they'll swim in the pool from time to time.  We'd have loved to see that!
Having left prawn shells (shrimp) and a raw egg for the mongoose (they eat snakes), I was thrilled to see the monitor lizard eating the last of the prawn shells and then taking the raw egg with her to the hole in which we occasionally see her and her mate slither in and out.
The monitor lizard, a rare visitor, headed to the ground on the opposite side of the pool to check out the eggs that she laid a few weeks ago.  As mentioned recently, it may take up to 300 days for the eggs  to hatch depending upon conditions such as weather and attacks by other animals.
This occurred so quickly that I had no time to get the camera.  A half hour later we found the monitor lizard contemplating a swim in the pool, the long tongue darting in and out of the water.  As a result, we captured these photos from inside the house.  These Lizards are very skittish.  If they'd seen us they'd be gone in a few seconds.  They move quickly.


Tom, outside the salon where he got a haircut on Thursday.
At 6:30 pm, as the sun began to set, Okee Dokee picked us up to take us to Jabula Lodge, our favorite restaurant in the area.  Not only is the food fantastic but Dawn and Leon, the owners, present every time we arrive, make our dining experience comparable to a party each time.  The chatting and laughing between tasty bites adds a playful element that drives us back, time and again for more.
Tom, awaiting his turn at the salon for his haircut appointment.
On the way to Jabula Lodge, we stopped many times to take these photos.  Although not as clear as I'd like since taking photos from a moving vehicle at dusk is challenging with our type of camera.  However, we couldn't resist sharing these today. 
Tom with his new haircut getting ready to eat that huge vertical stick of beef known as Espetada. I wasn't thrilled about him eating the chips (as they call fries in Africa).  But, I kept my mouth shut and didn't comment, as usual.  He said the meat was delicious.  I had perfectly prepared grilled chicken, veggies and Greek Salad (sans dressing).
After the laugh fest at Jabula Lodge, we headed home, watched a few shows on my broken-monitor laptop and headed to bed.  The worst of the storm had passed, the temperature had dropped considerably and a good night's sleep was imminent.  Another good day.

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