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Watched at Shumba August 30, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 1:45 pm

Originally posted on A Bushsnob in wild Africa:

In Hwange National Park you are allowed to camp at picnic sites. The understanding is that you can have the place for yourself from 18:00 to 06:00 hours but other tourists can use the facilities during the day. This is not a real problem, as during that time you are outside the camp game watching. This was the case for us during the six nights we spent at the camp from the 11th to the 17th of October 2014.

Things started off well! On arrival and about one km from Shumba, we met two lionesses moving through the bush clearly intent on their goal, as they did not even look at us. We watched them for a few minutes before they disappeared. It was a fitting start to our stay at a camp aptly named Shumba (Lion in the Shona language).

lioness small One of the lionesses spotted near the camp…

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Moonlit Elephants

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 1:43 pm

Originally posted on A Bushsnob in wild Africa:

As usual, things did not go according to plan! Masuma dam -in Hwange National Park- had changed slightly. A small and shallow bay had been formed to the benefit of the thirsty animals, in particular the impala, who could now drink in relative safety as the crocodiles could not ambush them like last year.

The new drinking place made it safer for animals to drink. Philosophically, the crocodiles decided to sun themselves. The new drinking place made it safer for animals to drink while the crocodiles wait.

This change in the architecture of the dam meant that the crocodiles (we counted six of them) were almost invariably sunning themselves on the banks of the dam in an apparent forced fast. There is no need to be concerned about them not eating, as they are able to survive long periods without food.

Hippo conversation! Hippo discussion.

The sixteen hippos were also there. They behaved as one expects hippos to behave: most of the day time spent inside the water coming out…

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Calling A Spade A Spade August 29, 2015

Filed under: Arthritis,Health Issues,Old Farmers Almanac — Janet @ 5:49 pm

At last  – all those aching joints have been given a name – arthritis pain.  As a result of a visit to the doctor yesterday, a well known medical term has been given to a condition with which I have been “suffering” for a number of years.  During the past year I have noted significant changes in my joints, particularly in my hands and right leg.  Ageing!  Years ago I had a paperback book with a sort of maroon cover.  Title – Arthritis ………..  That book has disappeared.  It was sort of a farmer’s almanac type book.  I’m hunting for it now – never mind all those current books on arthritis – I want remedies used by our forebears. For some reason I think it was originally published in 1934.  It was a Pan paperback.   Have any of my readers seen a book vaguely fitting this description?


The Packard Merlin Rolls-Royce Engine and Avro [Canadian] Lancaster Bomber

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 2:37 pm

Originally posted on Lest We Forget:

Research and article by Clarence Simonsen

Packard Merlin Rolls-Royce Engine - image 1

This classic 1939 British poster celebrates fifty years of British aviation design and aircraft production, as the topless English lady looks to the beginning of her dark war-torn future. The next five war years will bring together the development of British and American aircraft and aero-engines which will effect combatant air forces until the end of the hostilities in May 1945. My story will be told by poster ads used in that time period, also demonstrating how the Canadian built Lancaster Mk. X bomber idea was created and constructed using North American engines and parts.

Packard Merlin Rolls-Royce Engine - image 2

This pre-war British ad possibly appeared in 1938, when the first production Spitfire Mk. I fighters were delivered to No. 19 and 66 RAF Squadrons. The prototype Spitfire was fitted with the first Rolls-Royce Merlin engine and flew in March 1936, setting a world record of 342 mph [547.2…

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History Comes Alive August 27, 2015

Filed under: Family history,Genealogy — Janet @ 5:30 pm

Researching my genealogy – I am finding so much interesting information.  I feel in my bones the arrival of my 6th Great Grandfather and his wife arriving in Ipswich Massachusetts with their infant son age 1.  I am stepping off that ship arriving in the New World with my young son in my arms.

I am mourning the Stillborn Baby born to my 5th GGM (5th Great Grandmother) shortly after her arrival in Ipswich.

I am visualizing the marriage of Daniel and Sarah on 23 September 1668.


Fearless bee-eater

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 5:19 pm

Originally posted on A Bushsnob in wild Africa:

While at Masuma dam, we spent sometime identifying a bee-eater that we had not seen before. Fortunately at least one pair was residing at the dam’s campsite and we had time to have a good look and classify them as swallow-tailed bee-eaters (Merops hirundineus). As my new Roberts VII Multimedia Bird of Southern Africa App says, “The deeply forked blue tail is diagnostic”.

The first picture. The first picture.

The birds were using two trees from which they would launch themselves in search of prey and come back to the same perch to either try again if they failed or to eat the unfortunate insect if successful. Having watched them for a while we decided that we needed a good picture.

My son is keen on bird watching and wildlife photography so he was given the task of taking “the picture” of the new bee-eater. He approached the birds and took…

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Christmas in January 1943

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 2:44 pm

Originally posted on Pacific Paratrooper:

Cabanatuan Prison Camp Cabanatuan Prison Camp

Commander Melvin H.McCoy of the U.S.Navy had survived the Bataan death march on the Philippines and was now in the notorious Davao Prison camp on Mindanao. Like most prisoners of the Japanese they were on starvation rations and men were dying on a daily basis.

On 29th January 1943 they got a lucky break. For whatever reason the Japanese had for once decided to hand over the Red Cross parcels that had been sent from the States. This was a very irregular event. Many prisoners of the Japanese never saw any of them.

Red Cross parcel Red Cross parcel

The importance of such support from home could never be underestimated:

“It’s Christmas, Commander McCoy!” he shouted. “It’s Christmas!”

I was well aware that Christmas had already passed, practically without notice, so I asked him to explain his excitement.

“Stuff from home,” he babbled. “Boxes from the States. Red Cross boxes.”

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