A creepy visitor

Recently, I was reading tips on how to take macro (close-up) photos with my iPhone. Then this fellow showed up and gave me a perfect opportunity to practice.

Back on - sorry, swimming, and school

I just realized it's been a month since I posted. I must have been collecting photos and composing posts in my head without actually posting them. Sorry!

It's been warming up here, to the point that swimming is now a nearly daily activity. We started when it was bracing, but couldn't swim long due to lips turning blue. For the last week or so, it's been so nice we've spent an hour or more in at a time.

At a recent party at a friend's, the boys were swimming when William performed a tricky twisting backward drop into the pool from a seated start...a bit too close to the edge. We took a quick trip to the local hospital/clinic for a couple stitches.

It was our first real test of the medical system here and we were quite pleased. William was wiped out afterward, to nobody's surprise.

Later in the week (in fact, starting the next morning) he returned to his usual chipper self.

We're looking forward to Thursday, when the stitches come out and he can get back in the pool.


Caves and drawings

Thursday the Grade 6 students went to a series of small caves in which we viewed some cave drawings. The most amazing part, to me, was that there were no staff nor restraining fences etc at these national monuments; we could have walked right up and touched the walls if we'd wanted to. It speaks well of the responsibility of the population viewing these that they are still in good condition.

Later, we had lunch near a small reservoir. Our leftovers were investigated by a baboon; the students had a bit of fun chasing him away before we calmed them down.

And finally, we climbed to the top of a large basolith and had an amazing panoramic view. These hills are truly unique in my experience.

- Matthew