Today was an absolutely lovely day.
It started with Sheena taking me to the Lion and Cheeta Park and driving past the Snake Park i went to when i was here at 6 years old! We didn't have time to do the whole thing but we went and walked around to see the white lions and all the other animals they have there, which included other Lions, Hyenas, Crocodiles, Squirrels, a 300 year old Galapogas Tortoise called Tommy, Zebras, Ostrichs, Baby Giraffe etc.
The lions were within fences but Tommy was allowed to roam free but it was too hot for him today so he was in his hut. HE IS MASSIVE!!! The photos don't actually do him justice haha! An incredibly impressive animal and so lovely and gentle. The guy who walked us round called Jacob said i could stroke under his neck (HE LOVED THAT!!) you can see in the photos the slow progression of his neck protruding from his shell haha!! His shell and skin was incredible to feel with your own hands. When i rub the top of his head he let out this great satisified sigh :-)
We then drove through the Zebras, Bucks and Baby Giraffe and Ostrich's before heading out.
We then headed for my Aunt's friend Sarah's house for lunch which is about 45 minutes away from Harare. Sarah is a dear friend of my Aunt's and they have been friends for years. She is also a fellow artist (and amazing one at that!) we went round had a chat and some lovely lunch which was actually fish and i LOVED it! Then we sat out in the beautiful garden with a cup of coffee and before we knew it time had flew by!
We then went on back to Harare and went to meet another family friend Penny- who i had met last time i was here and i felt absolutely awful i did not remember her at first and then suddenly everything about her seemed so familiar, such a warmth of personality (from all of the friends i have met!) and my cousin Glynis was also there (we were only 20 mins late after losing track of time at Sarah's!) we had a cup of tea and a lovely catch up and then my cousin Grant joined us and Glynis went to pick up Connor and Michaela. It was a really lovely afternoon and a lovely send off before i leave for Joberg tomorrow which is when i will be reunited with my amazing cousin Andrew and my Uncle John again :-)
Me and Sheena currently sat in the lounge, having just eaten another amazingly tasty meal, with a glass of vino and watching tv- standard chilled evening!!
Believe it or not i am pretty much already packed to head off tomorrow (considering i packed on the day i left in England!) and i have even all by myself remember to start my Malari tablets (so glad they are capsules now and not horse pills like before!!) I am ever so good ;-)
That is it for now...Sunday the new adventure starts completely solo.
Very excited to see the work BERL (Bio Fuel Resources Limited) are up to and i cannot believe my luck in being able to cover a role for 2 and half weeks and the opportunity to house sit also. I can't think of a better way to jump straight in the deep end.
After i have finished..... who knows!
Peace for now!