Cherubim’s Stationary

This is a shop on the main road in the village of Cropping, where the Kakumbi Rural Health Centre is located. Cropping refers to the culling of elephants which occurred in the past when their numbers were unsustainable. Cherubim (four winged) are celestial beings mentioned in the Bible, often along with Seraphim (six winged). They… Continue reading Cherubim’s Stationary

Wildlife Closer to Home

Apart from the wonderful wilderness around me which is South Luangwa National Park, there is the habitat provided by Mushroom Lodge. My bedroom has tongued-and-grooved pine walls and ceiling, stained dark to resemble mahogany. The en suite bathroom has plain walls, painted with yellow emulsion and a grass roof, with no ceiling. The floor is… Continue reading Wildlife Closer to Home

Today, the animal I have mostly enjoyed seeing is the kudu

I think Kudu are graceful creatures, delicate in their movements. They are the third most numerous antelopes in the park after impala and puku. The male has an impressive set of curving horns. Above the lodge bar there is a mounted kudu skull with horns over a metre long. Coming back from the health centre,… Continue reading Today, the animal I have mostly enjoyed seeing is the kudu

Paludism – or malaria to you and me

I don’t like to say this, but I am starting to struggle a bit during consultations. Being here for just three months means that it is not worth trying to learn the language well enough to be able to speak to patients with ease and accuracy. I usually have an interpreter, Daillies, who will chatter… Continue reading Paludism – or malaria to you and me

Today, the animal I have mostly enjoyed seeing is the Bee Eater

Little bee eaters are poseurs. I think they love having their photographs taken. True, they will fly off if you drive up and screech to a halt, sending up a cloud of dust. But if you keep still and quiet, they will often return to the branch where they were when you first saw them.… Continue reading Today, the animal I have mostly enjoyed seeing is the Bee Eater

Today, the animal I have mostly enjoyed seeing is Wild Dog

Every few days, I have decided to write about the animals which I have encountered. I will include a few photographs if I have been able to take any which are worth sharing. I will start the series with the Wild Dog. In hunting terms, wild dogs are the business. Nearly 80% of their attacks… Continue reading Today, the animal I have mostly enjoyed seeing is Wild Dog

Bloomers

I enjoy exploring the vagaries of the English language when used abroad. Perhaps the use of vernacular English in Zambia is stuck in a time warp around the time of independence from Britain in 1964. For example, “chastise” is a popular word to use when a parent disciplines a child physically. “Relish” makes me think… Continue reading Bloomers