Thursday, April 15, 2010

Camping ~ African Style

Which of these three things will not be going to Africa with me? 

The insect repellent clothing is a extra safety factor for me who is loved by mosquitoes everywhere!

A few good books for afternoon lounging between game drives at the safari camps......this series set in Botswana, by Alexander McCall Smith, is so wonderful.  I've actually read this first one and am now on the second, so will have to buy two more to take with me!

BUT those huge sea chests filled with elegant clothes and dainty high-heeled way.  My little duffle bag is stuffed to the gills with khaki colored bush clothes, and that's all I'm allowed to take. It has to be squished into those tiny planes when flying over the bush from camp to camp.
My trip to Africa is getting closer and I'm getting really excited.  Remember, I won't be blogging while away.....weight allowance and a soft bag will not handle a laptop, and besides there is no Internet available in most places where I'll be staying.  I have stocked up on photo cards and batteries though and hope I'll have some fabulous images to share with you when I return.


  1. I can't wait to see the wonderful pics you'll take on this trip!!! Love, Vanessa

  2. Hello Mary, I guessed right away that you would not be taking much clothing etc to Africa. Traveling today has limited baggage drastically. I think it is a good thing. Much less to think about as far as what to wear. HA! I always bring too many clothes and never wear them all.

    I love the beautiful dishes SuzAnna gave you. So perfect for your decor. I do hope she will not overdo. I am sure it will hard to keep her down. I hated being tied down for my knee replacements. I am in full swing now.

    I heard from Vanessa and I was so happy. I want to stay in touch with her. She is the sweetest person.

    Take care and don't get worn out from spring cleaning. You want to be well rested when you go to Africa. Hugs to you Mary.

  3. I am looking forward to all the stores from your trip. Wish you could blog about it while you are there. Maybe you should bring a journal and you could document everything to be blogged about at a later date. I wish I could fit into your pocket and go with.....!

  4. Not wanting to put you off Mary but make sure you check there are no snakes in the dunny before you go....LOL a friend of mine went on a safari and that was what she was most frightened of, getting bitten on the bum by a snake in the toilet!! I could not stop laughing when she told me that.....seriously I hope you have a wonderful trip and come back with some great pictures of your ttravels.

  5. When I went to Africa ( 3 times) I was prepared for the animals and the people ,But Not the breath taking beauty of the country it self..
    You will be enchanted

  6. You must be getting quite excited as the date of your departure draws ever nearer. Although we'd loce it if you could blog as you went along we know that is totally unrealistic! Make sure you take masses of pix to show us on your return.
    Do pop over to NL before you leave, for my 2nd Anniversary giveaway, won't you?

  7. This is going to be the most amazing trip. I am looking forward to your pictures when you return.....

  8. What a trip you will be having! You are very sensible not to take too much. Dont forget to include some sachets of travel-wash for your lighter clothes.
    Bon voyage!

  9. Dear Mary,
    I am excited just imagining how wonderful this journey is going to be for you and your travel buddies. I thought of you yesterday as I put yet another coat of paint on my 'great table' top.

  10. I can't wait to see all your photos and hear all about your trip. I want a full report when you return. I am still gimping around. In my shoe for at least two more weeks. He took xrays last visit so we will see what he says when I go back. I want to get back to walking...SOON...or I am going to be too fat to walk!

  11. I can't wait for your trip. I'm sure you will show plenty of photos and share many stories when you return. Carla

  12. I can't wait for YOUR trip! I am going to visit through your eyes! It will be amazing!!

  13. I want to see what your mosquito repellent outfit looks like.

    Let me know if you need me to sit on your canvas bag so you can zip it up!

  14. You are so fortunate - this will be the trip of a lifetime! I can't wait to hear all about it!


  15. I will miss you, but just know it will be a dream come true sort of trip.

  16. It will be a wonderful trip Mary! You will have so many photos to share. I guess the countdown has begun for you which is super exciting. I would have a hard time trying to decide what to pack! I am going to have to check out that book from the library. Although I always loved reading Mrs. Pollifax series, and the books on tape.
    Bye for now!


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