Memories of an African Airport

Which of you can claim, as I can, to have landed on Matekane Airport in Lesotho. The runway is 400 meters long and the straight down drop at the end of the runway is 600 meters down a cliff. This was all made a bit more exiting as the pilot, who smelled very heavily of the local fermented maize drink when he arrived three hours late and the co pilot during this time was siphoning some fuel out of a 44 gallon drum with an old hosepipe to fill up the plane. The last straw, after two failed attempts to take off,  was the pilot admitting to the only passenger – me – that he does not fully understand the Russian plane. Never the less, we took off from Maseru and landed “safely” at Matekane. Needless to say, I took a donkey taxi down the mountain back to Maseru – taking all of two days.

2016-03-11 - Matekane Airport - Lesotho

Living in Lovely Dunedin: GRADUATES EVERYWHERE

2014-12-18 - Dunedin Parade

 

The picture is not my own see http://www.otago.ac.nz (next year I will have my camera ready!)

I am totally bowled over by this small university city!  On Saturday morning we drove through the central business district (for starters, where else is that possible!), and got caught up in a traffic jam. The main street was closed and as the litany of complaints rose from troops in the back seat( ‘I will never see my mommy again’ was just one) we heard the pipers coming up the road.  A group of pipers fully kitted out in splendid kilts and all led what must have been all the graduates of Dunedin University of this year, plus the staff. Billowing robes and sashes, flags, beaming students and proud parents running hither and thither with their cameras filed past.  It felt as if the entire town, including us, was out celebrating with the successful students. What a blast! Where else but in Dunedin!

COLOURFUL GIFTS IN DUNEDIN

 

2014-11-19 - Mary's Flowers2014-12-07 - Roses from Mary2014-12-04 - Sweet Peas

Just to prove that Dunedin for all its cold and rain has green fingered gardeners that produce fabulous flowers! Fresh flowers are a luxury on grey, dark days and Mrs BYF tends to take her flowers with her as she moves between the kitchen, living room and bedroom to lift her mood. The unusual,  vibrant sweet peas are burgundy and indigo and the perfume is every bit as intense as the colors. Thank you!