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Insects and related species: Antlions - Ants - Bees - Beetles - Bugs - Butterflies, Moths and Caterpillars - Centipedes and Millipedes - Cockroaches - Crickets - Dragonflies and Damselflies - Grasshoppers and Katydids - Mantis - Stick Insects - Ticks and Mites - Wasps - Woodlice
Plants, Trees, Flowers: (Note: Unless plants fall into a specific species such as Cacti, they have been classified by their flower colour to make them easier to find) Bonsai - Cacti, Succulents, Aloes, Euplorbia - Ferns and Cycads - Flowers - Fungi, Lichen and Moss - Grass - Trees
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Lions before breakfast

23rd January 2013

So THAT’s what stars look like!! Finally, after 9 days of continuous rain, I woke up to see millions the of stars of the Milky Way shining brightly with Scorpio and the Southern Cross almost directly above my head. For the most part it has been lovely soft rain which has soaked into the parched soil but last night we had our second cloud burst and the middle section of the Park is inaccessible, from Tsokwane to Satara and Orpen. They are busy with disaster management in those areas. Just as well I never went to work at Satara as I was wanting to because my tent would have been badly damaged not to mention what it might have done to my car.

An update of the work situation is that I tried two camps to see if they could use me but either they are not busy enough or want written approval from their head office which they are not prepared to give until the Board decides on my application. It has been just over two months now and they said it would take three so here I am wandering around the Park until they get off their butts and decided on it. Gaelyn will be here in less than two weeks time and the trip with her is going to make the waiting much easier. At the end of that I have the three day symposium of the Science and Nature Fair at which I am doing four presentations a day.

Hopefully by then I will have a yes or no on my application but if not, I am going to make an appointment with the CEO of the Parks Board and speak to him personally.

Now it is time for breakfast ...... when I woke up this morning at 03:15 with my stomach growling I realized that I had not eaten the previous day!!!

Sunday, January 6, 2013


I am blown away at the response to what I have been doing here!! In the beginning when I had the idea to do this, I thought it would be a good one but never did I imagine that it would turn into the success it has.

The camp manager has received so many nice compliments about me and some people have even gone as far as to put it in writing and e-mail it to the Parks Board head office so it seem my reputation is exceeding me. WOW!! What an extraordinary thing to happen!!

No, I am not patting myself on the back or bragging, I am just astounded at everything. It seems that with all of this, the Parks Board is almost sure to approve my application but I am still not getting my hopes up until the actually do.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Moving on?

2nd January 2013
The park is empting out with people heading back home as some of the schools start again next week. It is the first time I have been here during a long holiday and it was quite an experience. At times the caravans and tents were packed like sardines and just when I thought no more could fit in, more arrived. But it has been interesting and the surprise was the interest shown by very young girls in the insects I displayed.

Now is maybe the time to move on to another camp as I know of two which have been wanting me to spend time there......