6th January: A visit to Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, delivering radios for their communications, gives me a chance to dive into the gardens and catch up with the gardeners there.
A sundown visit to the Chivalula Falls is awe inspiring, churning chocolate water rushing through the narrow channels of rock.
Exquisite legume growing in grass at the cliff edge….
What a joy to wake to the landscape of golden sunlight in the swollen brown Save river and the summer green trees outside our room number 3, as brown headed parrots fly past, fast and high, then the larger grey headed parrots call their greeting to the day. I am delighted to hear, then see, four Ground hornbills take off from the high trees on the far side, within Gonarezhou National Park, and fly across the river towards us, huge white-edged wings flashing in the slanted light.
Flowers are framed by spectacular views in celebration of the growing season..
Barleria, looking downstream…..
Hollerina, from the gorgeous breakfast deck….
I meet with the gardeners and we discuss clearing the pathways, tidying the rock edgings, but leaving the delightful Streptocarpus plants which nestle between ricks in shaded areas….
The old wood and suculents in the rock gardens are endless abstract inspiration….
The lounge area is a visual delight as always, an inviting place to relax, especially as the day gets unbearably hot. …
framed by Dracena leaves…..
Too busy to swim in the cool pool, I resort to periodically wetting my shirt under the garden tap!
Some kind of weather is coming …..
Every plant hides some other life, hidden to the casual eye but busily going about business…
Spider and aloe spikes….
Bauhinia tomentosa flower and bug…
Corn cricket in lemon grass leaves…..