For the past few days there has been a horrific storm over the Cape. The worst for 30 years. Thankfully, the cats and I are safe, if a little cold.
Yesterday the storm was still going but with less force than the day before, so we did try to get out to do some work. The day did not start well. It was cold, wet and windy. When I put my wellies on a very disgruntled frog jumped out.
We made our way down to the cats and were about to start work cleaning when a cry of “back to the house NOW” was heard. We looked up, saw the black cloud above us and ran back to the house, about half a mile. By the time we got back we were soaked to the bone and it was hailing. Who says South Africa is hot?
After drying off we sat around, played cards and ate a stupid amount of cheese – the day was slowly getting better. When the weather got better again we started the long job of clearing up after the storm. The cats clearly were not impressed with the weather either as we saw little of them.
In the evening we went out for a farewell dinner as 3 of the volunteers are leaving tomorrow. I was very pleased to see that it was pizza and had pepperoni, mozzarella, cheddar, feta and Camembert on mine. Basically I had a day of eating cheese, which, as you know, is my favourite thing besides cats. Got home to find Leo in bed awaiting cuddles. So a bad day ended very well.
This morning we woke to a beautiful sunrise and knew that we had 2 days worth of work to get done in 1.
There is a new lioness, Baguira, moving to the sanctuary in August and so we spent the morning clearing out her enclosure. I was tasked with removing “dodders” a type of weed (pictured). These are a leech and kill whatever plant they attach to. They are EVERYWHERE.
After 3 hours of weeding and taking things to the dump it was time for a feed. This is, without a doubt, my favourite thing to do. Sadly I cannot post the videos on this blog but have a look at my Facebook page for videos of Obi and Achilles having lunch.
This is Amy, a caracal, having her chicken leg for lunch.
This is Pardus, or LaLa, a black leopard, relaxing after devouring her portion of horse.
Tomorrow we are up at 6am for another long day of work, including throwing a birthday party for one of the lions, so I’m off the bed. Yes I’m aware its 7.30pm on a Friday night, but this stuff is exhausting, and frankly I’d rather be up at the crack of dawn to play with cats than have a normal London Saturday, so I’m not complaining.