Whoops! I’ve had photos sorted in an “update” folder but never seemed to get to actually doing the post. This has also meant that new photos keep getting added so we will see how long this post gets. Sorry this is so overdue.
We were lucky enough to have both sets of our parents visit us this month and we got to go stay with each of them for a weekend. It is so nice to get away from Tonga for a while and stay in nicer, better equipped houses. The funny thing is that the weekend with Michael’s parents ended without electricity and the weekend with my parents had no water for Friday and Saturday due to a broken pump. We then came home to Tonga on Sunday to no water due to a (different) broken pump.
With Michael’s parents we got to explore a bit more of the lowveld. There really are some beautiful places up here and it is a privilege to be so close to them.
Mac Mac Falls
Three Rondavels Blyde River Canyon God’s Window Pilgrim’s RestWhile exploring we saw a small little restaurant tucked away in an area which you can’t see from the road. It was on a beautiful little stream and you really felt like you were in the middle of nowhere. It seems like the kind of place where you get whatever they have on the day, but it was nice to even just stop there for something to drink.
My parents were staying at Marloth Park. It is like a suburb that has zebra, giraffes, warthog, kudu and other small buck just wondering amongst all the houses.
We also took a long day drive into Kruger on Saturday and a short drive after church on Sunday. Michael and I have still not seen any cats, but I have seen some wild dog. Both our parents managed to see cheetahs and/or lions.
We noticed these very strange caterpillars for the first time on Sunday and there were about 6/7 of them around, with another 3/4 squished on the road. The 5c coin is for perspective. Urg!
As most of you will know, February and March brought a lot of rain to Mpumalanga. We have to cross the Lomati river to get to Malelane/church/bible study/almost anything. After some crazy rains the river was huge! It is normally a decent sized little river, but metres below the bridge. All the rivers around swelled like crazy! This also meant our pumps that are in the Komazi river got flooded and left us without water from Tuesday to Saturday, until the water had subsided enough for the pumps to be repaired.
It also completely messed up the road to the hospital , leaving a big rain-made gutter down the side. Thankfully the road has been graded a few times since then, but there is currently quite strong rain and lightning so who knows what the road will look like tomorrow.
I should probably post this now, before our modem gets blown up 🙂
P.S. It just started hailing