Any tips? I’m sitting at my desk with blank paper and pen in hand, and nothing’s happening. I guess I’m missing that pesky squirrel, and its only been a week. Just 185 days to go until he’s home, not that I’m counting…
Otherwise, all is working out well with me and the squirrel is fine too. He arrived at camp after a very long journey, and seems to be settling into his tent just fine. Stories of sun-downers (drinks at sunset) on a river bank surrounded by elephants are making me very jealous! He’s been trapping bats at night and doing vegetation surveys and cataloguing insects during the day.
Hopefully this week I’ll find my drawing mojo and get posting lots of interesting snippets, but for the time being you’ll have to make to with an old picture or two. I had the illustrations below printed into birthday and thankyou cards using sixprint. There was a minor hiccup, but they were really helpful and did a good job, so I’d recommend them if you’re wanting to find a company that’ll do a good quality print of your work.
Packing, unpacking and re-packing… repeat. This is the main event in our household at the moment as The Squirrel is set to leave on Sunday.
He’s had his jabs and lovely cholera drinks, he’s reorganised his camera equipment and his first aid kit a hundred times and he’s packed his teddy. He’s bound to have forgotten something, but I think his luggage has had as much attention as it is possible to give. The flight has been changed twice now, and with a very quick change at Addis Ababa, I’ll just be very pleased if both he and his luggage arrive safely in Lilongwe at the scheduled time. I’ve convinced him to write a blog about his trip; nothing ever works in Malawi and there’s bound to be a few interesting adventures, and plenty of beautiful photography too. If you want to see what he’s up to visit here. Lets just hope he has enough electricity and internet connection to keep it going (and to skype me!)
Meanwhile, the direct payments system has enabled me to employ 3 carers to cover the time he is away. It’s going to be different and rather lonely, but hey ho – I’ll be reet! Maybe I’ll enjoy being a single lady..? Or perhaps I’ll just be a sad, crazy cat lady… who knows! Either way, my story is coming along and will be posted soon, I promise!