Out of Office Notice

To my excellent readers – both excellent people and without doubt, expert readers!

I write to say farewell, for a while. I am departing for a month to go camping in wild places, trekking through deserts, living with nearly-but-not-quite lost tribes and tracking elephants or other fluffier, but sharper fauna. But don’t worry, I will only capture them with my camera.

I will only rarely find internet on these travels, so I may not have the pleasure of answering all your comments during this time, but please know that I value and appreciate every one of them, and I will enjoy spending the time to properly enjoy them and reply to you all when I return in August.

I will try to schedule some pre-written posts to go up whilst I am away, but they are likely be less frequent than usual.Β I had hoped to get around to all the pending awards and nominations before I departed, but sadly, I have not been able to keep up. I have recorded every one I am aware of, and I will look forward to completing them with more time when I return.

I will leave you with a some travel quotes, warmest wishes to you all!

Mark Twain

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Benjamin Disraeli

Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.

Henry Miller

One’s destination is never a place, but always a new way of seeing things.

Pat Conroy

Once you have travelled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.


51 thoughts on “Out of Office Notice”

    1. Thanks very much πŸ™‚ Hopefully I wont come back with malaria or parasites or a lion-mauled arm πŸ™‚ At least I have two arms, the first one is like your baby teeth, right?


      1. Yes, I have heard it is pretty horrible. I do have medicine to prevent it, but I am worried there might be a lot of mozzies in the Okavango Delta. I guess I shall find out XD

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    1. Yes, that is a very good idea and would make some good writing pieces. Perhaps that would be a nice thing to do when I finish the story.


    1. Many thanks Bear! Those teeth can certainly cause problems; I have been practicing not looking like food, I am hoping it will fool them πŸ™‚ Hopefully I will get some good snaps to share afterwards. I figured a big camera was worth the luggage space, but we cannot take lenses as we have a 15kg limit., so we have had to purchase a bridge SLR with 60x zoom, which isn’t ideal, but am hoping will do the trick nicely on safari. Would love to know if you have any suggestions for wildlife photography? It is only mys second time on safari, so I am a bit rusty (and that is speaking in my favour!) πŸ™‚

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      1. You should be alright for light but try to remember how telephoto that lens is, it’ll need some support to stop the magnification causing blur (ironic talking blur with my recent pics!)
        Resting the camera on a beanbag (or folded up sweater) on the widow sill or other part of the safari vehicle, handy rock or tree branch will go a long way to keeping things a little steadier.
        Otherwise, don’t miss things by always having your eye to a viewfinder, it’s much better to experience it than worry about having your own photos when there are so many photos of everything in the world as it is… Enjoy!

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      2. Thank you Bear, I will definitely remember those tips!! Thank you! Hopefully I will get a few good photos. I will try to remember to share some when I get back.😊


  1. Wishing you a very safe and very memorable Journey, my friend. Take lots of pictures, enjoy your time off, follow Mark Twain’s advice and don’t look back. This sounds so exciting and mysterious. Would love to hear where you are headed πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you for enquiring! I enjoyed it very much. I saw some incredible things and met some wonderful tribes people. Being a linguist, it was fascinating to hear the click language actually used by living tribes. It will definitely feature on the ‘never to be forgotten’ trips!

      How was your month?


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