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The Case for Clean Water – Blog Action Day 2010

Don’t spill, you’ll waste it! Precious drops sink into the hot sand as I mentally admonish myself, pouring water from a 25l canister into a basin. It’s time to wash my hair and there’s not a chance the shower will do it. A scant spray at best, I’d hog our whole supply that way. This is the Central Kalahari Desert and water is scarce, so we’ve brought all our own. Along with a potent reminder not to take things for granted. Such as the basic essential that we’re blessed to have on tap back at home. Like countless other people, but unlike almost a billion around the globe. Here are a few pics to set the Kalahari scene:


DAVE doing the manly thing – Central Kalahari, Botswana


‘SOMEBODY’S WATCHING YOU’ – Central Kalahari, Botswana


LIONESS on the prowl – Central Kalahari, Botswana


STORM BREWING – Central Kalahari, Botswana

It’s Blog Action Day today, which means that thousands of us are posting about Clean Water, this year’s extremely worthy topic. Accordingly, today offers the perfect opportunity to say THANK YOU, and for that matter, in writing. Having recently visited Lesotho, Dave and I witnessed women carrying water from rivers to their rural dwellings, high on hillsides. Back-breaking work, to be repeated in endless cycles. Our Blog Action Day team have provided significant insights into the world’s water crisis, including the statistic that “African women walk over 40 billion hours each year carrying cisterns weighing up to 18 kilograms to gather water, which is still usually not safe to drink.”


WOMAN CARRYING WATER – Lesotho, Southern Africa

The Lesotho rivers appear clean and likely are, fed from the majestic Maluti mountains. But we can’t be sure, nor of the mineral make-up of the water. Jason Green from Protector Treatment Systems drew my attention yesterday to their revolutionary solution that removes “contaminants such as silt, colloidal particles, bacteria, viruses, protozoa, cysts, metals, fluoride and arsenic” and can “be powered and operated by children”. His business partner, George Rose, is quoted in their press release as saying: “I’ve seen people in Africa with skeletal fluorosis who can barely walk due to the mineral content of their water supply.” To read more, also of the pilot project in Kenya, visit www.protectorsystems.com.

This is just one example of the positive effort being applied to this issue internationally. Big up to the whole Blog Action Day crew for their part in it too. They offer a simple way for us to contribute, by signing their petition to “Stand for an International Water Treaty to Provide Clean Water Everywhere”. You can do that here: Sign Petition. Good for them also for making us mindful. Last week I blogged about teaching our puppies to swim, without a passing mention of the privilege of a pool. I won’t wait for our next trip to the Kalahari to say THANK YOU again, with sincere appreciation for an abundance of Clean Water.

Finally, speaking of Botswana, water and lions, here’s a pic of the thirsty cats that we found in a shower (from my post: Taking a shower on the Wild Side…together with Lions!) :


THIRSTY LIONS – Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana

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Commitment

Commitment takes courage, returns treasure.


LILAC-BREASTED ROLLER BARING ITS BEAUTY – Masai Mara, Kenya

What if a bird failed to follow the urge to fly?

Quotes to consider:

“Leap and the net will appear” – Zen saying

“. . . the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. . .” – W.H. Murray (‘The Scottish Himalayan Expedition’)

“The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. Commitment is healthiest when it’s not without doubt but in spite of doubt.” – Dr. Rollo May
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Energy

Energy is elemental


TREETOPS TAKEN FROM HOT AIR BALLOON – Masai Mara, Kenya

. . . to Everything.

Quotes to consider:

“The energy of the mind is the essence of life.” – Aristotle

“Love is like energy. It can never be created nor destroyed…it is just always there…” – Ian Philpot

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey
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“Hakuna Matata!”

“…It means no worries for the rest of your days…”

Thank you Pumba 🙂 for your “problem-free philosophy”, courtesy of Tim Rice’s lyrics at www.lionking.org.
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Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre

The De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre has featured in some of my previous posts. This is an update to spread the word about it’s name change to The Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre, which has taken place in honour of Ann, who’s dedicated over 40 years of her life to this precious cause, and still works full-time at the centre.

Close to Johannesburg, it’s a stunning venue to visit, for phenomenal tours or a getaway to a fabulous lodge. You can learn an immense amount about a variety of creatures, including endangered cheetah and wild dogs, as well as witness a high-speed cheetah run – not to be missed!

For more information, or to book a tour, visit www.dewildt.co.za.

Here’s a photo that Dave took of a cheetah family at the Masai Mara in Kenya – especially for those who may never have met these amazing cats 🙂


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Intention

Intention → Implication

MALE LION - Masai Mara, Kenya
MALE LION – Masai Mara, Kenya

. . . be it positive or negative.

Quotes to consider:

“Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

“Be careful what you wish for.” – unknown

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.” – Douglas Adams
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Observation

Observation → Opportunity

CHEETAH ON THE LOOKOUT - Masai Mara, Kenya
CHEETAH ON THE LOOKOUT – Masai Mara, Kenya

Taking time to observe often brings rewards far exceeding expectation.

Quotes to consider:

“Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“To him that watches, everything is revealed.” – Italian Proverb
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