Monday, 23 February 2009

Victoria Falls - "Mosi-oa-Tunya" .. The Smoke That Thunders

It's great being back with my mother .. and we will resolve the issues as we go along .. the worst thing is .. - is that Mum cannot understand why she's not allowed her lemon drink .. it is so grossly unfair - but the powers that be .. have got us into this mess & we have to work our way out .. I could do without this loss of energy on the emotion ... & my mother could definitely have done without this .. the results on her have lowered her life expectancy ..

On the bright side .. we looked at a calendar I have on Africa .. with various pictures of the African Bush, the Okavango Delta, the Namib Desert, Victoria Falls, giraffe, flamingoes, lions etc and my mother decided she'd like some new posters for her ceiling ..

So tomorrow I shall get these pictures ordered .. the Victoria Falls and the Namib Desert. A little light history!! ... "Mosi-oa-Tunya" - The Smoke That Thunders - is one of the most amazing sites for those of us who have had the good fortune to visit. Just as an aside .. my Ma immediately said "& that was where I donned my swimsuit and wandered in the rainforest .. while everyone else tried to stay dry under plastic macs!! " She is incredible - nothing puts her off!! Also she could go to places others couldn't reach .. because she didn't care how much spray there was or how wet she became!!

The Zambezi River has a total length of 2,700 kilometres and is Africa's fourth longest river. When it reaches the area just above the Falls .. the river is 1700 metres wide and after a short stretch of rapids, plunges into a chasm 108 metres deep which cuts right across its course. Thus a river of over a mile wide becomes one of only a fraction of that width in a matter of seconds .... no wonder The Smoke that Thunders made such an impression.

To see more .. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_Falls Enjoy the tour!!

2 comments:

Giovanna Garcia said...

That is a great idea, poster for mom. It will help her see more beauty of the world.
Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Thanks Gio .. her choice!! It's terribly important to involve her as much as possible & so she can feel she's still part of things .. we gave Janice her present together on Saturday .. and she's been to both the Falls and to the Namib ..

She's a bit better today I gather .. on her way to Cornwall .. I have to hurry & catch up!!

Thanks v much .. Hilary: Be Positive Be Happy