Droughts are sent to try us and this one sure did.. In Northern Kenya basically it did not rain except the odd shower here and there for a whole year!.. thats a long time when its hot, windy and dry!.. Its an amazing thing, as the night before the rain came, 29th April we were all stressed and up tight, worried, and tired, as these first few pictures show.. The situation was dire.. BUT Then the rain came and after a few days we all start asking our self what was that stress all about!!
I find myself saying.. AGAIN.. Life is WATER-WATER is life!…
not long after the mud dries and this elephant nearly got himself into trouble .. he sunk in 2 feet luckily and got out but so dangerous..
Regular dust storms coming through the gap between the mountains, giving us hope as they should be followed by rain… But each time nothing !..
or people are climbing trees to cut leaves, for there cows and goats.. The songs to their animals are so amazing, that they forget its a drought!
Every where you look theres a fair share of dead animals.. Cows , goats and so sad one of our klipspringers who was our neibour on the hill who we tried to give hay to.. He wasn’t having it! the drought got him in the end
Then one day we have this on our horizon!!!.. RAIN!!..
On Lkanto hill we had 2 inches of nice gentle rain in the first night.. 29th April!.. More than we usually have in a year!!
And widespread gentle rain all over for a few days!!
Each morning we rise and shine to see positive signs of plenty of rain.. Of course the first week after the start of the rains is tough.. Many more animals will die of cold BUT THE GRASS IS GROWING!!
Then floods further down stream on the lower Milgis..
and a car washed off the road downstream.. They rescued every one with ropes!
A positive feeling came from being surrounded by Pyramids!, which always come out strong in the rainy season.. Above, Mt Kenya 150 kms away from the Milgis.. look at the snow!
Pyramid hills in the lower lenkiyou slopes, Matthews peak in the rain and Upe in the Ndotos!
AND with in a few days ALL IS FORGOTTEN.. What was all the stress about??
Another ecstatic morning on the Milgis!!
HAPPY DAYS ARE WITH US AGAIN!!!!
then a visit from this BEAUTIFUL little individual, to show us he/she and his/her mother survived!!
AND Finally ..To end this harsh ‘beginning of a story going into happiness’ blog.. have a look at this lovely sequence of pictures of a beautiful old elephant having a ‘kip’… We all began to worry that his ‘kip’ was going on for too long BUT then his mate arrived and walked down close to him… stopped for a few moments before he wondered on to browse just along the way..
and … Off he goes!
Stay safe my friend…