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!


Anonymous 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