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Blog-free winter?

Friday, March 12, 2010

It takes only minutes but it has been an action-packed winter. What a season to learn looking after a horse yourself! On many occasions it was too icy to ride and too icy to drive, so how forutnate to live close enough to walk to the stables from home. How I yearned for the warmth of Africa on those cold frosty mornings breaking the ice or nursing my chilblains in the evening.

The winter blues have prompted a flurry of people seeking last-minute holidays. It has been fantastic helping you plan your safaris and even more rewarding when you return home enthusiastic and loaded down with photos and memories.

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Jerusalem and Cheese Straws

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I battled through rain and gales to reach an enthusiastic group at Capel St Mary Womens Institute. They ran through their AGM quickly including a valiant version of Jerusalem so that they could listen to the full version of my slideshow.

We had an interactive evening, with some members just about to head out on safari themselves. Perhaps Suffolk WI members should have their own private safari next year? I must get hold of the WI cheese straw recipe: they are delicious!

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The Inner Wheel

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Not heard of the Ipswich and Suffolk Club? Nor had I, despite working in the Ipswich area for over 25 years.

The Club provides a social and business meeting place for professional men and women. It is a lovely old building with reading lounges and excellent food was served in the lounge by its own top chef.


I presented Two Decades of African Safaris there last Tuesday evening courtesy of the ladies of the Ipswich Inner Wheel. Half an hour was not long enough to get across my experiences of travelling to Africa well over 40 times but perhaps they will invite me back for part two next year?

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Ride Kenya

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Who says you have to spend a fortune on a long holiday? If you only can take a week off work or cannot afford two weeks holiday, then do not worry.

Last month, we enjoyed a six-night trail ride with Ride Kenya combined with a couple of nights at Lewa and returned home enthused and re-energised. We rode with Patrick and Nicola who certainly know how to look after both their guests and their horses. Every day was action-packed, plenty of opportunities for riding and lots of laughs with the whole team.

There is just the usual problem when I discover another fantastic ride in Africa: how can I fit yet another horse in my luggage to bring him home with me!!!?

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Life in a Mobile Home

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I am now living in the Dedham Vale area, and Volter has come too! We made the move about three weeks ago but I have been too busy since then to update my blog. I am living in temporary accommodation whilst our new house is being built. Yes, it was a mobile home for the first few weeks but now I am looking forward to a rental cottage for the winter months.

Volter is in 6-star stabling nearby, where he is very well treated. I am trying to cycle whenever possible: to the horse twice a day, to the office and to any client home visits which are close enough. It is an average of more than an hour a day on the bike, so I should be very fit come next June!

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Barnes at the Bird Fair

Sunday, August 09, 2009

My Blog readers know I am a Simon Barnes fan. His first book I enjoyed was Rogue Lion Safaris about ten years ago. It was the sort of book which had you laughing out loud so I was not allowed to read it at the airport! The book describes a safari in the Luangwa Valley in Zambia. It struck a chord with us but it is far removed from the sort of safari I enjoy these days with The Bushcamp Company amongst others.

Come and meet me and Simon Barnes at the Bird Fair which runs on 21-23 August. I am on the Safari Consultants stand and Simon gives the celebrity lecture in the evening on 22nd August.

Safari Consultants have been attending the Bird Fair now for twenty years. For tickets and directions visit the website.

I look forward to meeting you and talking about your favourite birding spots in Africa or perhaps recommending some new ones to you.

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