Temporary glitch in bandwidth!

by sandy on March 22, 2010

How wonderful to finally be able to log in today and find all your comments. Followed swiftly by white hot panic having set myself up at the internet cafe here in Ngwenya at the southern end of the Kruger Park to discover that the site had run out bandwidth – whatever that meant! One of the downsides of being one’s hosting environment. A few deep breathes, some calm thinking to remind myself what had to be done and I believe it is now sorted out and the blog is back.

So much has happened in the three short days since our arrival, our body clocks are fully regulated now to South African time and we are enjoying wonderful weather. This is the first opportunity to find a quiet time to log back into the site. We spent the first night literally in the arms of KAS. The photographs just do not do justice to what is in the Lowrie’s house. It was touching to fall into a deep sleep completely surrounded by the fruits of your endeavors.

Friday was travelling, Saturday was re-orientating, yesterday we had a truly wonderful experience so far from anything remotely resembling a computer or the internet, and here we are Monday already.

Our flight was such fun. At one point there was a commotion at the back of the aircraft. Someone had slightly lifted a shutter and imagine the excitement to discover we were flying across Antarctica!

Isn’t our planet miraculous? From this icy white and blue vista, to the soft but primordial light of an African dawn. You won’t be able to see them, but we woke the first morning to see a family of white rhino on the tree line of this glorious river plain surrounding the Crocodile river.

Kruger National Park

It is truly one of life’s great joys to be on holiday and to be in the vicinity of African wildlife. Last night, we were treated to something very special.

Some of you may remember Erin’s photographs from KASOTG last year. She and her friend Kelly among others knitting around a dam in the middle of the African bush. We were greatly privileged yesterday to enjoy a visit to the same dam in the company of Robbie Thompson, the head ranger of the southern part of the Kruger National Park and a great personal friend of Erin and her husband Clive. As our group of about 15 enjoyed a sundowner watching the sunset deep into the heart of the Park, from across the gully came the cough and then the roar of a lion. We fell immediately silent and the adrenaline started pumping instantly. Robbie said he was a male perhaps just 300 yards( 100 metres) away and as we were such a crowd he would not attack. But he was warning us to move away from his territory, which we did shortly aferwards! The sound reverberates in your chest and stays in your mind for ever.

We will be out in the park for the next few days before returning to Johannesburg and getting on with some good KAS work. Until then, Sandy

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Tracie March 22, 2010 at 13:13

Thank you for sharing your pictures. How awesome to look out and be flying over Antarctica. Amazing.

It sounds like a beautifully, wonderful trip!

Dawne Smith-Sliming March 22, 2010 at 13:18

From Antarctica to roaring lions. What an amazing memory and your journey has only begun!

Please hug Ronda & staff from all of us and thank them for making such beautiful works of arts from our humble squares.

I’m looking forward to following your journey.

jackie March 22, 2010 at 17:49

how i envy the beautiful things you will experience – not only in the park and while on holiday – but the children – God bless and keep you all safe while you do His work!

Anne March 24, 2010 at 19:47

Thank you so much for sharing the events and highlights of your trip. I look forward to reading more, and the pictures are beautiful. God Bless everyone!

Elizabeth March 25, 2010 at 08:59

So glad to see that the site is back up. Have a wonderful time – do try to fit in your holiday and family time around all the wonderful KAS work you do. Have fun!

Anne March 25, 2010 at 15:55

Hi Sandy – enjoying your blog!!

When you start “Kasing” there, maybe you could check on the following…

A question has come up in the forum about the Jabulani boys – did all the G-O’s arrive and have they been distributed??

Also – I was wondering if you might give us an update in the Hill Kids – are there special needs we could be addresing there before the next cold season??

Hope you are having an amazing time


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sandy May 1, 2010 at 05:56

Thank you for your encouragement. It is greatly appreciated. Sandy

MarkSpizer May 3, 2010 at 07:56

great post as usual!

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