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While everyone around the world is feeling the impact of the ongoing pandemic, we must keep in mind those who are most vulnerable. The phrase going around at the moment seems to be ‘we are all in the same storm but not in the same boat’ - this could not be more true, and we should all try to lend an oar to those in need.
We are proud to tell you that the David Rattray foundation, supporting Khula Education, has done just that. In the days leading up to lockdown, learning materials and resources were distributed to try and mitigate the huge disruption facing the school children. A campaign is well underway to try and raise funds for 200 tablets to enable distance learning; if you would like to get involved in helping us raise these funds, please click here. Every donation - no matter how big or small - helps!
In other news, ten lovely free-range farm chicken have made themselves very much at home in Chauteau de Poulet (lovingly built by Douglas during the first week of lockdown). We are looking forward to fresh eggs for our tea-time cakes and breakfasts. Plans are also afoot to expand out herb gardens and veggie patches to make the reserve more self-sustaining.
Micko and Rob have been hard at work maintaining and expanding the walking trails. They have cleared out the undergrowth in the ancient cattle kraals which will feature on the trails, giving our guests an insight into the pre-Zulu era. Dean and the maintenance department have been hard at work getting around to all the jobs on the never-ending list, and ensuring that the lodge and rooms are ever ready for guest arrivals to start again.
Winter is setting in with lovely mild weather and the most wonderful colours, the aloes are in bloom and the grass is turning golden (matching Horace, much to Daisy’s delight). It is an amazing time of year; the bush is full of the noises of rutting antelope, and the evening sky the most brilliant pink! We have spent many evenings enjoying a gin and tonic overlooking the Buffalo River, with Isandlwana illuminated in the background - actually, we have found some great new sunset spots, which we can't wait to share with our guests again.
Probably the most exciting project that has been underway: Douglas has spent many weeks buried under books and maps in his library, working on a video project on the Anglo-Zulu War. The project is not far off going live – watch this space!
As the world around us changes, so do these posts.