THE GREAT KAFUE NATIONAL PARK

Apparently one of the largest national parks in Africa, it comes at number 5 if you google it…

Art Exhibition Dec 2020

2020 hasn’t been a ‘normal’ year for anyone in the world. Unless maybe if you were a San bushman, or maybe live in the middle of the Congo jungle. However, if you don’t, then it’s been a ridiculous year. Maybe it’s the new norm? Who knows, but all we can do is keep on keeping on. So with that in mind, I decided to stick COVID 19 in a bag of rocks and drop it into the bottom of the sea for at least one day.Why shouldn’t I have my own exhibition? Our community was invited, everyone needed a bit of a boost. When everything is cancelled, including Christmas Carols, we needed a pick me up in our small farming community.

The rain did not stay away, but it takes more than a bit of wet stuff to scare off Farmers! In fact all it did was add to the atmosphere and I am very happy to report that paintings were bought left right and centre, the new addition of a Bargain bin was wiped clean in a flash! I also had a range of new limited prints on paper in different sizes, as well as a huge canvas print. More for advertising so one could see what I am able to offer on order, as they are printed locally in Lusaka, by none other than the excellent Studio 78, https://web.facebook.com/Studio78Zam/?_rdc=1&_rdr

A friend of mine who lives next door did a fantastic job of the catering as a favour to me, which helped so much to free my time up for preparing the actual exhibition. So wine flowed, snacks were snacked on and paintings were sold. It was really such a rewarding day for us all, and I had so much pleasure supplying a change of scenery for the people who mean so much to me and have accepted me into the community so readily. Ches and I have a lot of very good friends here in Choma/Kalomo and are truly blessed to be able to live this life that seems to be disappearing around the world faster than the black rhino! Hopefully I am wrong and that there are many many people in the same situation as us.

Ground foraging

vervet monkeys on the run

Monkeys forage for food almost all day long

Vervet monkeys are the most common monkey in Southern Africa, and although they roost in trees at night, they spend a lot of their day time hours on the ground, looking for food. They are omnivores, and will eat almost anything, from fruit and grass shoots to small lizards and birds. My family had a pet monkey (common in Africa, but not always a successful relationship), for about 20 years. He was given a diet of gooseberry jam on bread, peanuts, chopped fruit, egg and often a forbidden piece of chocolate, from my dad. He also ate, illegally, oil paints, battery acid, baby chicks or goslings (on the hoof), imported chocolates and sweets, and my mums best flowers. Its a wonder he lived as long as he did, and we always will wonder how long he would of lived, if he had not eaten that battery acid and had rotten teeth from the chocolate.