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Published: November 16th 2010
Murray visited Myanmar in October. Due to upcoming elections he was unable to visit the field sites which meant a shorter trip and being based in the main city Yangon. While he was there another cyclone passed through, but information was slow to come through from the rural areas. Murray had been back in Kenya awhile before the reports of damage and fatalities were made public. Despite the original fear, damage was not as bad as expected and only 30 or so people died.
We went to Lake Naivasha for the weekend with some new friends. The kids are very sweet together; they played and explored the house and surrounding farm. The 4 kids caused quite the sensation in the village, all 4 of them with curly blond hair. We took a boat trip to Crescent Island, spotting hippos on the way. There are no predators, so you are free to roam with the zebras, wilder beasts, giraffes and impala. Funny how ‘no predators’ is perceived by the locals, as a guide was telling us we could find a very big snake skeleton over by the tree ‘near the hyena hole’. Near the what now? ‘No problem, Hyena
is sleeping’, yeah, sorry, I’ve seen LOADS of hyenas active during the day when they are suppose to be ‘sleeping’. Anyway, we had a lovely time and survived the hippo popping up 1 metre from our boat, the waterbuck darting in front of us, the sleeping Hyenas and also the lightening strike 20metres from where we were walking.
We managed to book a beach holiday in the beginning of November, after realizing we hadn’t seen the beach since April :-O and with the impending separation, flight home and busyness of being in NZ during the Christmas period, we needed this time away. We booked a house at Vipingo with some friends of ours. Unfortunately, our friends pulled out for medical reasons, so it was just us in the big house. We still managed to have a nice time, although missing our friends, we really enjoyed the salt air and the kids loved splashing about in the pool. Hayley, quite the dare devil compared to her sister, as far as the water was concerned.
November is a busy month for us. Murray has a 2 week conference at the end of the month in UK, he arrives home
in the morning and we fly back to NZ in the evening. He will be leaving the conference a day early, and my doctor has approved me flying that late, its also within the airlines guidelines, but we are cutting it a little close. So please pray for us, as this hideous flight schedule home, with an already jet lagged/sleep deprived husband, 8 month pregnant belly and 2 toddlers for over 30hours on 3 airplanes, and 3 airports later, lets just say we’re not looking forward to it.
December-January will be spent in Auckland, New Zealand, awaiting the arrival of the 3rd Burt Jnr. It will be 19months since we were last in NZ and the longest we’ve been away, even Murray is having food cravings, fresh bread shops beware 😊
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