I wrote this story a few months ago, some nights after the dogs had barked their special high-pitched The-genet-is-here!-bark. I went out, equipped with a torch and a camera, and sure enough, found the beautiful little West African wild animal visiting again. Now all of you that know me, know that I adore wildlife in […]
Because of the recent security situation (during the fall, five West African aid workers were kidnapped in Dakoro some three hours drive west from the city where I live, and during spring, a French family was kidnapped in Cameroon close to the northern Nigerian border), I have not been able to make it into the […]
I was at a friend’s house on Friday and had a very nice lunch with good company. As he is house-sitting for my other friend who is on vacation in his home country, I thought I’d put a post with all his beloved pets, who were more than willing photo subjects! And also to show […]
A few nights ago, the dogs announced the arrival of rival creature in the garden, and as I looked up in the trees, I saw the distinctive striped tail of a genet. A wild animal, this little guy (or guys!) have been making frequent visits to my garden, often walking quietly amongst the horses when […]
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It’s mid-rainy season here in Niger, West Africa, and the trails are beautifully green! There’s nothing to please the crew of Ishtar’s Ark as saddling up and going for a beautiful hike! As soon as Sheba knows where we’re going, she’s happy to lead the way! This time, we were heading for the healin jirgi […]
Was I ever more wounded? Was I ever more whole? Was I ever any weaker? Was I ever this strong? Was I ever so frightened? Was I ever more sure of the way? Was I ever so lonely? Were You ever closer than You are today? Was my life ever any harder? Was my life […]
The rains started early this year and although we’re still only in mid-June, the millet is already growing in the fields. My ridgeback is is thrilled that all her favourite water holes (all of which except one dried out in March) replenished early this year, allowing her to once again join us for long speedy […]
I counted seven. Quite a peaceful image, but how they got there (and where they are heading…) is a whole different story! To see what’s happening in other corners of the world, visit OurWorld!
On Tuesday after work, Sheba, Ronja and I joined a friend to have a look at a house she was interested in. The dogs were in a fabulous mood, being big fans of any kind of “afterwork activity”! The house turned out not to be quite what we had expected, …but everybody was happy with […]
It’s lizard egg hatching season down here in Niger and as I reach for my coffee cup, I think I see a shadowy creature disappear within. Very true, there he is, a beautiful newly hatched gecko baby – hiding inside my Swedish coffee cup. I’m always amazed at how beautiful creatures are up-close – especially […]
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