An African's Anecdotes and Accoutrements
|At 04.50 am on Thursday 17 September Ivan and I will be flying home to Zimbabwe for three weeks. We land at Gatwick at 07.10 UK time, and are taking the bus across to Terminal 5 to dump our luggage before meeting our friend Terry from Guildford to spend the day with him in that lovely quintessential English town.
This trip we’re using up our British Airways air miles, so although the flight has cost us only our taxes we’ve got a long wait in England before our flight leaves at 21.30. The flight to Johannesburg is about 12 hours, and after a four hour wait we take a two hour flight up to Harare. So by 15.00 hours on Friday 18 September we’ll be back home with my mother-in-law, my brother Bryan, sister in law Cindy and nieces Megan and Caitlin.
Packing is almost done - dogs get delivered to the kennels tomorrow, with some trepidation. My German Shepherd Matti is fourteen years old today - that’s 98 in dog years! He’s still pretty frisky and wants to play, but although the spirit is willing the flesh is weak. I do worry that he might not be here when we get back, especially as the kennel staff were a bit concerned at his age and general attitude when I left them there in July. Matti is almost totally deaf now, and has got into the habit of wandering around the house at night. This keeps me awake, because I always worry when we go away that something is going to go wrong, so I sleep lightly anyway. I told Ivan I reckon Death could well be stalking Matti, who gets up and hurries away from that spectre... naturally my rather sick sense of humour wasn’t very well received! Anyway, happy birthday my Matabele Ant Bear Dog!!!
Yesterday I left the hairdresser with dark brown hair, which is quite a shock for me. It’s the first time in ten years or more I’ve not had highlights, but the dark roots peppered with silver and the corn-coloured highlight looked dreadful. Plus I have hair that reacts badly to wet weather, so my usual straight/slightly wavy locks turned into a frizz usually associated with fingers in light sockets. It’s going to take a bit of getting used to, but it is a vast improvement.
For reading matter I am taking with me two books written by my friends alfred booth, wanbli ska and LK Hunsaker . I have started them, but this last fortnight has been hectic. I want to give both my full attention, so I have downloaded the drafts to my external hard drive and am taking my laptop back with me. I will also be working on my forthcoming Nano effort and writing a few more articles for Suite 101 - I have had some great feedback and response to the eleven pieces I’ve posted there. There’s also the question of Project Write World... so whatever happens I shall be reading and writing.
My poor husband got back from India on Friday, and the day after we get back to Izmir he’s off to Amsterdam for a meeting! Poor man - and he hates flying at the best of times.
I’ll be back on 11 October. Bye now!