At Last our friend with her two babes is back, this time bringing some very good news, and lots of friends with her.. She arrived below our hill with several small herds of Elephants to gather, and to wait for the right sign, which is the distant sound of thunder, then they can move on down the mighty Milgis lugga in search of new food down stream, but they can only do it when the water comes!! Its been very very dry and times have been hard.. We’ve battled with fires in the Ndoto mountains this year.. partly because there was a bumper crop of honey and people were careless, partly because their was a rediculous ‘tiff’ amoung’st the grazers and some crazy people turned to burning.. This will be another blog following so we turn back to our good news first!!
Amoung’st this group of around 60 Elephants, was 10 tiny, tiny babies, and at least 15-20 youngsters below 2 years.. We have not seen them play like this in the open before.. They’ve always been so cautious but finally after 20 or so years back in this region they are finally beginning to relax!
Our Easter weekend was full of joy.. We had the absolute pleasure of watching the tiny ones go crazy, playing, running around, climbing on each other, just going nuts, amoung’st their big relaxed mums.. it is a sight that we have not had the pleasure before, giving us an indication that some how we are doing a good job!!
Then our prize.. See this perfect sequence..
An Easter present of note!!!
that evening we watched as the herd gathered on the edge ready to say goodbye for now.. WHEN WE SEE THIS WE KNOW THE RAINS WILL BE WITH US WITH IN 36 HOURS!!!
And then the next day the strong winds.. From our hill we have a 360 degrees view, and we saw the whole place go nuts, huge shafts of dust going high into the air, we 600 ft above the lugga covered in dust, but we know this dust will be washed off very soon..
Talk about the six senses feeling good!! Huge amount of water flowing down the lugga! I can imagine our tiny ‘mites’ down stream all lolling about in the lovely muddy water!!