Yesterday in Facebook, Lynne and Mick, friends from South Africa, posted today's main photo and the photo below both of which sent us swooning. I couldn't take my eyes off these exceptional sightings and subsequent photos taken in their yard of their home in the bush in Marloth Park, where we'll be living next February for my birthday and for months to come.
As time nears for the upcoming Antarctica cruise in a mere 10 months with the return to Africa thereafter, our enthusiasm is over the moon. However, we easily find ourselves living in the moment embracing that which surrounds us at any given time.
|Two more little bush babies photographed by friend Mick in Marloth Park, South Africa. Thanks to wife Lynne for sharing these on Facebook and allowing us to post them.|
|Church on he Hill in Lifou.|
Thanks to our landlord and new friend Terry who diligently orchestrated many social events on our behalf, the experieice proved to be rich in local culture and people, one we'll never forget.
|Pier in Lifou where the ship's tenders docked to unload passengers anxious to get to the beach.|
Aboard the Celebrity Solstice, and on other ships, we become entrenched in socialization well beyond our expectations. If it quiet for longer than we'd prefer, all we need to do is to head to a meal in the buffet, main dining or one of several busy bars or lounges.
|Lifou is a popular island for snorkeling and swimming with its crystal blue waters and white sand beaches.|
Usually, when dinner ends and we finally go our separate ways, Tom and I head to the Ensemble Lounge where there's live music, a lengthy bar, an easy spot to meet even more people.
|Beautiful scenery along the shoreline.|
That magical element has remained with us as we've traveled the world, although we're together 24/7, year after year. There's no pool table on this ship but we're easily able to experience exceptional evenings; dancing, chatting with one another and other passengers and; wandering throughout the ship.
|Native Church Lifou, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia.|
Currently on the last day of two full weeks of antibiotics and PPIs, I'm feeling better with a few modifications; small meals and consumming liquids slowly over a period of time. In a month, I'll have to be retested for the bacteria which we'll arrange while in Sydney.
|Small boats owned by locals.|
"Ten thousand people live on Lifou and the island is divided into three customary districts: Wetr, Lösi and Gaïça. Traditions and customs are very much alive here. Celebrations and daily tasks (such as hut construction or agriculture) are permeated by tradition. Wé is the administrative center of the Loyalty Islands as it is the biggest tribal village. Located by gorgeous Chateaubriand Bay, Wé counts the island’s main commercial and administrative facilities.
Lifou was officially discovered (and mapped out) by Dumont d'Urville in 1827. Rapidly, Catholic and Protestant missionaries flocked to the island. They fought to convert local populations, thereby echoing the more prosaic competition between the British Empire and France."
|The town is quiet and peaceful with locals dedicated to providing positive tourist experiences.|
May your day bring you many happy surprises! Thanks for "visiting" us!
Photo from one year ago today, March 6, 2016:
|A few roses remains in Trish and Neil's garden as summer comes to an end in New Zealand, one year ago. For more photos with subjects we consider beautiful, please click here.|