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June 1st 2008
Published: June 8th 2008
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Charlottes birthday
At the end of April Charlotte turned 1!! Very exciting, can’t believe how time has flown by. She is definitely now a little girl, and is just a delight. We celebrated with some close friends, and over the following week opened presents as they arrived.

Both of our shipments have now arrived, it is great to have our own stuff, and makes it feel more like home. We also moved apartments. Down a floor and into a much bigger apartment. We love it. Of course we were reminded that we live in Africa, after we had no power for 36 hours, and water is now being rationed to three days per week. Anyway, we love the new place, and feel much more settled in an apartment with more room and our own stuff.

Murray did a trip to Aweil in Sudan. And will be heading up there again to check Paul is surviving. Paul (a friend of Murray’s) has been in Kenya for a few weeks before heading to Sudan to work on a rain water harvesting project.

We had a great couple of weeks. We went to Nakuru National Park and camped out in tents. As we
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Charlottes 1st birthday
arrived at the campsite we passed a pride of lions less that 300m from where we pitched the tents. But the greater danger seemed to be Baboons, who constantly raided our camp site, and managed to steal 2 loaves of bread and a pack of cheese. We had to take turns guarding the food with a punga (machete knife) at meal times. We saw loads of animals, including many Rhinos, for which this park is famous.

We then made our way down to Lake Naivasha to camp with a few Brits. We had a great time, and the boys were coaxed into singing the national anthem around the camp fire. We saw our first camel and many flamingos and went hippo spotting at night at the edge of our campsite, near the lake side.

Then the boys went to the Masi Mara. Apart from the usual herds of wildebeest and zebra, they managed to see some meer cats, huge crocodiles, and Paul saw elephants in the wild for the first time.

Before Paul flew up to Sudan we managed to get to the elephant orphanage and the giraffe centre, where Paul got a kiss from Daisy the tall blonde.

We are slowly working out our tourist tours, and have already had some keen interest from some friends back in NZ. We are also looking forward to my mum and brother, who come in early July.

Love to all,
Miriam



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PelicansPelicans
Pelicans

Nakuru
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Eland

Nakuru
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Baboon

Nakuru Camp site
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Camping in Nakuru

Paul making breakfast
Queen Charlotte with King OscarQueen Charlotte with King Oscar
Queen Charlotte with King Oscar

Camping at Lake Naivasha
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Flamingos

Green Crater Lake, near Naivasha
Murray in the MaraMurray in the Mara
Murray in the Mara

Note the Zebras behind
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Crocodile

In the Mara
HipposHippos
Hippos

In the Mara
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Family photo op

Elephant orphanage - Nairobi
Pauls kiss with DaisyPauls kiss with Daisy
Pauls kiss with Daisy

Giraffe Centre - Nairobi
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Paul feeding a giraffe

Giraffe Centre - Nairobi


8th June 2008

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