This week has been a bit of a whirlwind – I’ve been back at work catching up on everything after being away for two weeks in Zambia.
Zambia was incredible. I’m going to start off though by saying I’m not going to be covering it much on my blog here because it was a work trip, so all the photos and video footage I collected (and there are hours and hours of it) belong to work – I will write about it on the work blog so will link to there once that’s published so you can read about it properly – but I’ll chat about it quickly here too.
It was hard work. We had long, tiring days in 42 degree heat. But I was with a brilliant group of ladies and I can’t believe how much wildlife we encountered.
We spent three days canoeing down the Zambezi River and then another three days volunteering at a wildlife and environmental research project.
We stayed on an island with elephants. We shared the river with hippos and crocodiles. We heard hyenas and lions while we were sleeping. We saw giraffes and zebra grazing at the side of the road, like it was the most normal thing in the world.
On the downside, a lot of us got sick with a dodgy tum (me included) and I had really bad 3G and Wifi issues, hence the radio silence on social media!
On a spare morning, we visited Victoria Falls and plunged into the Devil’s Pool. I wouldn’t be surprised if many of you have never heard of the Devil’s Pool, I hadn’t either. It’s a rock pool right on the edge of the waterfall that forms when the water level is low – this is a waterfall that is has a 100m drop. We travelled by speedboat to Livingstone Island and then walked across the rocks to get as close as possible before swimming the final part to the pool. We carefully lowered ourselves into the pool and then lined up sitting on rocks on the very edge – clutching onto each other very tightly!
The combination of the water crashing below us and then sun shining created the most beautiful rainbow. It was something I’ll remember for a very long time!
Back to real life: it’s been a busy week at work and I’ve been catching up on all the TV I missed while I was away. Did anyone else watch The Walking Dead? It was amazing! What an episode to come back on! I’m also sad to say goodbye to the GBBO (I lost out on the sweepstake at work, I had Benjamina, boooo!) but excited about Humans coming back soon (tomorrow I think). In fact, autumn is a really good time for TV, the perfect excuse to snuggle up of an evening.
Talking of snuggling up, I’m going to get back into knitting again. I don’t really do it in the spring and summer, it feels like more of an autumn and winter activity. I’m still a beginner and I’ve only made two really simple baby blankets before, which earlier this week I finally sent off to St George’s Hospital so that they can be used by the premature baby unit. Now I’m looking to teach myself a little more. I think I’m going to try making a beanie hat, so with the help of online forums and YouTube, maybe that’ll be finished in like 2018?! 😉
Does anyone have any good plans for Halloween? I love Halloween. Long gone are the days when I dress up but I love any excuse to watch a good horror film so that’ll be my night sorted. A friend at work said that she and her friends were having a Day of the Dead Mexican themed evening tonight which I think sounds like the best thing ever, so maybe I’ll give that a go next year! Have a spooktastic evening all xx