Day #116 in lockdown Mumbai, India hotel...Messages from readers make our days special!...Negative comments from readers?...


Check out how many kudus we had in the garden on this date in 2018!
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Today's photos are from July 17, 2018, while in Marloth Park, South Africa. See the link here for more details.

Today's post is, by no means, intended to "toot our own horn." Instead, it's about the kindness of people, of our readers, so many of whom have taken the time to write to us to provide support and encouragement.

That morning's 17 kudus in the garden. See the above video for details.
I don't often share the actual email messages we receive, but somehow the following message that arrived in my inbox yesterday, (who's name and email I've excluded, protecting her privacy), left us reeling with appreciation.

How well this reader understands our love for Marloth Park and the reasons we can't wait to return someday when COVID-19 settles down. Wouldn't it be fantastic to meet this couple in Marloth Park sometime in the future?
Wildebeest Willie and friends stopped by another night.
In her message, as shown below, she writes," Thank you for the encouragement you bring to my life." Our response is, "Thank you for the encouragement you bring to our lives." Ironic, isn't it?
Although not all are shown in this photo, for the first time, we had six bushbucks in the garden at one time.
Here's her message received in yesterday's email:                                                                                                   
"Good morning Jessica
I have been following you for quite a while and today just feel prompted to make contact.
I am so in awe of how well you are coping!!

My husband and I have lived in Cape Town all our lives and retired to Knysna for 10 lovely years

We decided to put stuff into storage a few years ago and explore South Africa after selling our home. It has been wonderful and we discovered Marloth in our travels!! We spent several months there last year.
Giraffes came through the parklands next to us. On foot, we rushed to see them up close to take photos. But, dad wasn't too happy with us with his young calf nearby.  We carefully backed away.
It truly is just the most amazing place. We found a passion which we share.

We had to come to Cape Town due to health reasons in Dec last year... with every intention of returning there. BUT by the time things got sorted, we went into lockdown and we are stuck in Cape Town.

We are staying in a lovely home with all we could need but are just so longing to get back to Marloth!!

Some days I feel so frustrated at the limits on our lives..especially socially and the boredom of every day and then I read one of your posts and realize how blessed we are. Thank you for the encouragement you bring to my life.

Keep well. God bless you both
Hope to meet you one day in Marloth"
We knew better than to get too close.
Wow! This message couldn't have meant more to us. I will write back to her today, asking her and her husband to read today's post so they see how much their message meant to us.
It was nearly dark when they visited.
Going forward, especially during this quiet time of COVID-19 lockdown, we will be posting more comments we receive from our readers. We welcome any of you to write as well.

You may ask, do we receive negative comments? Much to our surprise and delight, we do not. It's a rarity for a "hater" to write to us. I suppose if haters don't like us or our site, they certainly have the option not to read the posts. 
A young zebra in the garden of a house on the river road.
We are working hard at staying positive under these difficult circumstances, and engaging in heated discussions is not conducive to our mental wellbeing at this time. Neither of us finds such discussions uplifting in any manner especially when there is nothing we can say to change their minds or ours.
This must have been the above baby's mom resting nearby.
On another note, in the past few days, I tried a different dinner option after speaking with the head chef. He now prepares a delicious, spicy chicken curry for me, made without starch (potatoes, peas, etc.), sugar, or flour and it is such a welcome change. 

Tom says the curry looks like cat puke, but it doesn't bother me. I have no idea what cat puke tastes like, but this version of curry sure tastes good to me. Tonight, I will take a photo and share it tomorrow.
We spotted two rangers on the road with rifles. We assumed it had something to do with poachers.
"They" are saying if everyone wore a face mask, socially distanced and washed their hands, in two months the virus could be over. Let's all strive for this goal! Please pass this post on to others and hopefully, they too will get on board with those of us making this commitment!

Be well.
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Photo from one year ago today, July 17, 2019:
The view across Lough Pollaacapull as seen from the castle's veranda at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, Ireland. For more photos, please click here.

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