Holiday Guests

6 Feb

Whilst in South Africa on holiday we found ourselves accompanied by a variety of wildlife at most of the places we stayed. There are so few lizards, spiders, bugs, pets and animals in general in The Land of Sand that it is always fun to go back to sunny SA and expose Luka to all the creepy-crawlies that he misses out on living in a city surrounded by desert.

It’s a little sad that he is absolutely terrified of dogs, big and small. People just don’t keep dogs as pets in Saudi Arabia. It is not common to have dogs in and around the home in Arab culture and as expats, who live transient lifestyles and try to travel as often as possible, even less so. So Luka is not used to having them around and will not even consider letting his feet touch the ground when first entering a dog-owners house. We made sure that he was exposed to them during our holiday and after an hour or so he was a lot more at ease with people’s pets and even played football with a cheeky jack-russell, eventually.

The friends we made on holiday were a lot less intimidating though. Jimmy, who lives in Cape Town at Oma and Opa’s house, enjoyed being fed flies(by hand). He could probably be referred to as a ‘hand reared chameleon’. I’m not sure who enjoyed the fly eating more, Jimmy or us who loved watching him flick out his tongue to take the fly off our fingers.

Whilst in Knysna, where we rented a beach house, we had a constant gaggle of geese and a few brave seagulls drinking from and occasionally swimming in our swimming pool. Pretty for pictures but messy to clean up afterwards!

There were a family of geese that lived in and around the small man-made beach on the island that we stayed. Both parents and their 3 chicks could always be found around the area. The chicks were like badly behaved teenagers just learning to push the boundaries and test the rules their parents had set. One or two chicks would wonder off alone and a parent would come over and guide them back to the rest of the family whilst making the loudest racket. Like many teenage children it sounded like they were in serious trouble – often.


6 Responses to “Holiday Guests”

  1. sarahnsh February 6, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

    He is so cute, I know I should have been more terrified of animals but I ended up terrorizing them. I love the pictures you took too, especially of the geese and the little baby geese. They are just so cute!

  2. dustbusting February 7, 2011 at 7:41 am #

    Thanks for all the compliments.
    At least in your situation, the animals knew who was boss. There is absolutely no doubt as to Luka’s subservience in his situation. Although letting a 2 year old think that they are boss is seldom a good thing so we’ll keep the healthy dose of fear in him, for now!

    Those geese were lovely and the little ones came over and sat on the sand watching us build a sandcastle one morning on the beach. Their parents were not impressed with their friendliness towards us but we enjoyed having them around and just let them be.

    Some of the photo’s were taken by good friends we had staying with us so I should actually give them some credit. Thanks Conrad and Helette!

    • helette February 9, 2011 at 8:17 am #

      I thought they looked familiar!!! 😉 Anytime, my friend. I get a little sad looking at them…… good memories! 🙂

  3. OPA & OMA February 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    i love the pictures especially the one with Luka and Jimmy , just came in from feeding him .love OPA + OMA

  4. miffalicious February 15, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    This was such a cute post. Loved the pictures! xo

    • dustbusting February 23, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

      Thank you. We have fun playing house!

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