Enjoying day 7 Covid-19 lockdown – Thursday

On the last day of the first week of the first Covid-19 lockdown my Lovey and I went for a game drive to our local water hole after lunch. We saw a duck, pheasant, hippo, buffalo, and more.
It reminded me of our last trip to Kgaligadi in 2016, especially the 14th Borehole near Mata Mata. What a place.
Full of life but silence too.
Pauses, when ostensibly nothing is happening (sound familiar?), but actually a myriad of life is buzzing, being and watching. How I would love to be there right now. Flask of tea or coffee and rusks with a back-up beer and biltong in the fridge. Absolute bliss. Taking pictures of big and small. Getting a good picture of a bird in that light is inordinately difficult, although the birdlife is astounding in variety and numbers. If you have never been to the Kalahari that is perhaps what will surprise you the most.
In the evening the antics of the meerkats and mongooses will give you joy. They are so busy living.
There is time to take out your sketchbook, but no time to get that picture when a cheetah suddenly bounds past your car intent on supper. First a blur, then a cloud of dust.
On a completely different note, if your car is gathering dust during the lockdown you should take a few simple precautions to keep it happy and purring. It is a good idea to drive it even a few metres and turn the steering wheel this way and that, apply the brakes and so on. Just get everything working including the tyres. If it is going to stand a while disconnect the black electrode or terminal of the battery making sure it does not touch any metal parts. Modern cars never completely switch off unless the battery is disconnected. Protect the inside with sunshades or cloth and leave a window or two about a cm open, if safe and practical. Find out now already who has jumper cables and knows how to use them.
Tomorrow, Friday 3 April we start week two of the lockdown. Some experts say it is the most dangerous week. Stay home folks, especially if you have a lung issue or any other medical condition.
Gesundheit!

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