Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Moments

It took a moment to be born
A lifetime to grow old
When next I blinked my heart was torn
My memories old and worn

Only a moment to fall in love
An eternity to be loved
Previous moments fitting hand in glove
Miracles received from above

A moment to say some hasty words
No going back, it seems
The sound of clashing verbal swords
To be heard in this hate-filled world

But a moment to befriend you
First meetings never forgot
A moment and our friendship grew
Each day refreshed anew

Monday, May 26, 2008

Not For the Faint Hearted...or Those of Faint Stomach

So many of my memories have been made whilst living on the farm that it is hard for me to find a beginning or an end. One point (there are some people that know me well enough to realise my points never normally stand still long enough to be made or to be put across) that constant comes to mind is that of our drinking water, or rather, the lack of it.

We are constant having problems with the drinking water on the farm because the reservoir/dam that the water is held in isn't closed up and so it's constantly dirty. Now, before I carry on let me just say that things have become better but not drastically so. also, when the reservoir runs out, the farm workers will sometimes pump through water from the big dam at the far side of the farm. The water from that dam most CERTAINLY isn't clean and not really fit for drinking, no matter how many time you purify it.

The little reservoir/dam where the drinking water is kept has only recently been closed up whereas before it used to stand open. This is where we picked up a lot of very big and smelly problems - baboons.
The local baboon tribe took to using our water reservoir as some sort of "punishing" routine for their young ones. When they didn't come if called they were dunked in and out of the water and then tossed aside.
Unfortunately, arguments frequently arose as to whose young ones were to blame for which crime and one day the wrong baby got dunked by a baboon NOT it's mother and the result was that within 20 minutes there were eight grown baboons left inside the reservoir whilst all the other ran off to get help. Problem is, they got rather distracted along the way and ended up forgetting all about their buddies who were left to drawn.
The worst of it is...we only found out 8 days later! By this time......oh, first of all, before I go further I should say that if you get squeamish easily you shouldn't read further.

Right, by this time the 8 baboons had effectively started to decompose and the first we knew about it was when we all got a serious case of stomach flu. My dad suggested we go and check the water reservoir and, when we did, it was all I could do not to cast up the accounts right there! It was very, very gross and so I left my dad and younger sister to delve deeper into the matter whilst I trotted home to a sweeter smelling environment.

It took a week or more to get proper water tanks in but at least they're there now and they are a definite improvement to baboon-flavored water!
HOORAY!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

A New Leaf, A New Look

I have decided to revamp my blog to fit in with the revamping of my life. I just felt like a change and apparently a change is as good as a holiday. However, since I have had more than enough holidaying this year, I have decided to throw myself back into my work and have even thought about studying further although the subject I am going to be studying has not yet been decided.
Also, I am going to try and reach my objective of finally arranging all my stories and poems into a book format. I have been threatening to do it for ages and even began to do it but then the internet at home gave problems and I somehow managed to delete everything when we were offline. So, now I have to begin again. And this time I am determined to finish what I start ~chuckle~
So, watch this space ~smile~ I shall start writing again.

It is wonderful to be back!!