Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Tales from the Skeleton Coast, Namibia 1990

My mother is so enjoying her small sips of lemon .... so far that's what she prefers .. though I did make her some tea yesterday .. which she said tasted of tea and passed muster. It's a bit of a palava .. as we cannot go into the kitchen & asking people to make the drink as you want it .. is really very difficult & some of them can't speak English .. - so we persevere .. We've tried apple, but then needed to add sugar .. that has to be diluted in a tiny quantity of water, so that the drink isn't diluted too much!!

Today - I read part of a letter I'd written about our trip to the Skeleton coast in Namibia in 1990 - she enjoyed it .. though said .. 'not everyone would understand' - quite true .. as the letter started off with the geological discussion & how Africa & South America split away. But at least we remembered the colours and the rock structures, the rough coastline and ephemeral rivers .. - it's an amazing place ... in 1990, only one Group was given a licence to go in the Skeleton coast park - so the delicate pristine land wouldn't be disturbed ... sadly that hasn't lasted.

We've had a few laughs this morning .. my mother is amazing that she can laugh at herself and with me, and her comments are so pertinent .. thanks for reading our story!

4 comments:

Giovanna Garcia said...

Hi Hilary

I love the title of this post "Positive stories and laughter."

We can all use more of these :-) Thanks for sharing another moment of you and your mother with us.
Giovanna Garcia

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Thanks Gio .. we do laugh thankfully .. the most important aspect of life for her ..

I found some more funny snippets for her today ..

I appreciate you reading the post - thanks Hilary

Jerry Braack said...

Hi Hilary,
Your letters are very inspirational. You have a wonderful writing style! I look forward to reading more of your wonderful letters... Jerry

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Thanks for reading Jerry .. I'll get myelf organised & better as time goes on .. and bring in some other interesting ideas & thoughts

All the best Hilary