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Goodbye, Roxy

Roxy

Roxy

This week has been a mixed one. I feel I should dedicate part of the blog to say goodbye to Roxy, our friendly, adventurous compound dog who unfortunately was unable to recover from being attacked with a machete on one adventure too many and had to be put down yesterday (4/02/12). She was a perfect dog who enjoyed her outdoor life, yet always wanted attention around the flats when we were home. RIP Roxy.

In other news, I managed to run the battery flat on our new car. Arriving back late it seems I was able to take the key out of the ignition without fully turning it fully off. Being a good car it did beep at me but after checking the lights I just (wrongly) assumed it was mistaken and I didn’t leave anything on. Returning to the car a few days later it had no power left. My efforts at jump starting with a friend went unsuccessful, so I assumed something else may be wrong but the day after someone else was quite happily able to jumpstart it! Anyway, glad it is sorted and now I know to respect the beep.

Our New Rav4

Our New Rav4

This week we have declared our next war on the ants we have in our apartment. They may just be using us as a route from A to B but it gets to the point when it is nice to be able to leave something out for a short while without it being infested by ants.  We are trying a covert op – mixing in some Borax with some old Bolognese sauce we have just left out (that’s what we tell them). Plan is, they live long enough to take the borax poisoned solid food back to the nest where it then kills off the rest of the colony. Will let you know how we get on….

In other news, went outside onto our balcony the other day to find a half eaten mongoose. Wasn’t quite sure what to do with it or how it got there so I did the decent thing and took a photo of it (but couldn’t bring myself to include it here…) & left it for the circle of life to continue. Also gutted today to see Derby v Forest was called off, although after finding out it wasn’t on TV maybe the rearranged fixture will have a chance of making it on!

Nile Monitor Swimming

Nile Monitor Swimming

African Pygmy Kingfisher

Malachite Kingfisher

Finally, today we were lucky enough to take a trip to ‘Royal Sunset Beach Resort’ on a school reconnaissance mission.  Was really good to get out of Mwanza city, enjoy some nice food, handsome location and a variety of wildlife. Thanks to Fay for the lift & opportunity to discover somewhere new.  Nice to hear of the UK having snow – enjoy sledging in Darley Park if you’re in Derby, frozen seas and beach snow in Swansea, or damp grey skies if you’re in Portsmouth! It is still just the same here -29/30⁰C and hot sun! Hope you enjoy – see you soon!

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