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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
When I started birdwatching a few years ago, I never thought I would learn to differentiate the sounds of various birds, but these days, it is the cry of a bird I’ve never heard before that calls my attention when I ride by, as opposed to spotting the bird by sight first. I love discovering [...]
I have several favourite places in the West African bush, …and the oasis of Midik is one of them. My love for Midik (in particular, the seasonal waters of Midik) is shared by horses and dogs alike. My mount Sahara was a bit upset that I was on the ground taking pictures, rather than being [...]
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One of my 2012 commitments was to take all three dogs (including 12 year old Dennis) for a daily walk. It’s been a good commitment and according to Dennis, who cannot accompany us on our bush rides, the evening walk is the greatest highlight of the day. For me, it’s been a good time to [...]
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It’s wintertime – my favourite season in Niger – and the sky is being painted in beautiful colours. It’s really cold at night and I’m sleeping outside whenever the sky is clear, enjoying the chil air brush against my face and waking to a beautiful sunrise display, unique for every morning, with the dogs sleeping [...]
Every once in a while, I try something new. This week, I finally decided to cut up a huge pumpkin I bought several weeks ago. As a teen, I had a very disastrous pumpkin-pie experience which resulted in me avoiding pumpkin “ever after”. Finally, some fifteen years later, I reminded myself that everything is worth [...]