“It gives one hope, this great strength of Africa”.

Easter Sunday was a wonderful day. The weather was chilly, but that didn’t matter. My friends and I went to our usual restaurant and sat at a window by the water. We looked out and saw across the horizon the light gray sky and below it were small white-capped waves and the light brown sand of the beach. A rock jetty jutted into the water. Some people walked the beach, a couple with dogs. One small dog played as he walked, jumping into the air and chewing on his leash. A family stopped to watch the waves. Their little girl wore a pink wide-brimmed hat with a matching pink purse. Pink was the perfect color against the backdrop of the ocean.

We were dressed up for Easter Sunday as were most of the people in the restaurant. Though I am more comfortable in my grubbies, the day was special so I dressed accordingly. I wore shoes which needed pantyhose, but as I had none, I wore knee highs which were hidden by my dress, and that made me chuckle. It was sartorial splendor with a small nod to quirkiness.

My friends dropped me off at my car, and I went home to take a nap as did they. We intended to watch The Amazing Race together, but it was running late so I just stayed home. The race was in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, and it was so beautiful I decided to add that country to my list of places to visit. The teams took small planes to their destination in the bush, and they flew over a huge flock of flamingoes. From the air, there were so many birds it looked like an ocean of bright pink. The teams landed near a Masai village, and the colors of the cloths the Masai wore and the bead work around the women’s necks were breath-taking. The last team, knowing they were probably going to be eliminated, had the car stop so they could watch a herd of elephants, including a baby, go by them, something they would probably never see again. They weren’t eliminated, but, even better, they made a memory I doubt they’ll ever forget.

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10 Comments on ““It gives one hope, this great strength of Africa”.”

  1. olof1 Says:

    I posted a comment but it just vanished!!! I hate when that happens. It does happen a lot at Blogger blogs but rarely here on WordPress.

    I can’t remember what I wrote but it was something about less snow here today than predicted and that I one time in my life would like to go to lake Tanganyika and Lake Malawi.

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      I once had my whole blog entry disappear which meant it didn’t automatically back-up-weird!

      No snow and no rain-we have brush fire warnings because everywhere is so dry.

      I would love to see those flamingoes!

      Have a great night!

  2. Zoey & Me Says:

    What an interesting story. Your beach visit was a great way to spend Easter. We worked most of the day cleaning in preparation of our one and only toddler to arrive. Great dinner though.

    • katry Says:

      It was a lovely day, and we loved being by the beach. We could look longingly at the water hoping summer hurries.

      Have a great time with your grandson!

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    My Easter was very quiet. Just me and Rocky and the remainder of The Order of the Phoenix. Oh, and I mustn’t forget the remainder of the Cadbury mini eggs. 🙂
    I did cook a pork tenderloin and roasted vegetables for myself. I did an experimental sauce involving the pan juices, white wine, blood orange juice and some garlic jelly that I bought at a farmer’s market and didn’t know what to do with. It was very tasty. I seldom do any serious cooking nowadays so it was encouraging to know that I haven’t lost my touch.
    Glad you had a lovely Easter.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      It sounds as if we both had a wonderful Easter Sunday. I love pork and don’t have it often enough and roasted vegetables are the best!

      Like you I seldom doserious cooking much anymore. but I seem to be getting into the mood more.

      Your Easter too sound lovely!

  4. Bob Says:

    Amazing race and 60 Minutes are two of my Sunday evening staples (I wish the race were run more often). I was saddened by the death of Mike Wallace. He knew how to ask the tough questions of shady politicians and other crooks and how to ask the insightful questions of celebrities. Until his last appearance on 60 minutes he always looked much younger than his years.

    I agree with you that Tanzania is a beautiful place to visit. I generally have little desire to travel to Africa, but your posts about your trip and the shots from last nights TV show may change my mind.

    Easter Sunday here was cloudy and rainy until late in the day when the sun broke out of the clouds.

    • katry Says:

      I’m with you in wishing The Amazing Race ran more often. I remember Mike Wallace being dragged out of the 1968 democratic convention. He was wonderful in reporting what was happening. That was when I really began to respect him as a newsman.

      In Ghana, I have seen only baboons in the wild though there is now a national park which didn’t exist when I was there. The views of Tanzania made me want to book a flight and go. The animals and the country side were amazing.

      Africa is another world which I think so well worth experiencing.

  5. minicapt Says:

    When baby is fierce:


    • katry Says:

      As whith most babies, a distraction makes them foget what they were doing, even charging!

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