Sunday, March 7, 2010

Don't be alarmed...

... these pictures are old


This is where my heart lives

My mother and her man are here visiting. And they bring tales of home that make me ache with longing. It took them three and a half days to drive up from Zambia. The same trip that we did two years ago, all our belongings wrapped up in a spotted red handkerchief tied to a stick like one of the three little pigs. Two of the three little pigs.

This is the time of year - at home - that the river rises and breaks her banks. And our houses, perched precariously on the edge of the oxbow lagoon stare wide eyed as the water rises. And rises.

And rises.

And our green, puku and impala studded view fills up with brown water and nile cabbage complete with glinting eyed crocodiles and lazy yawning hippos. And our houses shrink back and curl their toes up as the water laps at their feet. Nothing unusual there.

In 2006 though, it rained. And kept on raining.

And the river rose

And kept on rising

And people started to mutter

And the water rose higher

And the muttering grew louder

And still the water rose.

“It’ll be like the floods of 1978” they said

And Robin, who was there in 1978 (so was I but I was only 2) saw what this water could do. And every year he would move his fleet of land cruisers up and away from the hungry river and out to the airport. And every year we would all laugh at him. But this year…


He was right.





17 comments:

Dumdad said...

Wow.

PurestGreen said...

Oh Dear. I'll bet Robin is throwing one heck of an "I told you so" party.

SafariB said...

i miss it too Miranda. Great writing :) xxx big helloooo to the madam!

Miranda said...

DD - yes that about sums it up!

PG - ha! You bet! Now everyone moves their cars up to the airport!

Bridget - xxxx

spacedlaw said...

Very impressive. I am glad you said they were old pictures.

Lori ann said...

Ah so sorry you have the homesickness. Will you go back someday? to live? that's a hard thing when you have so many good memories.
It must be lovely having your Mom there?

Shiny said...

Showee, that's some water. It's so blerrie hot here, though, I feel like dipping my toes into that there river... If it weren't for the glinty-eyed crocs! xxx

fush and chips said...

Great post and pics. Reminds me of the Great Howick Flood of '87. The Umgeni burst its banks overnight. Derelict buses left in parking yards too close to the water went over the Howick falls.

School was cancelled for 3 whole days, and our much-loathed Geography teacher's house got flooded. Result!

Angela said...

Hug Pam from me! I`ll write her, too. And thanks for your advice, will try it!

family Affairs said...

Wow that;s amazing.....did I tell you they've asked me to apply for the job of Ambassador to Zambia?? Very exciting. Love to your mother. She sent an email to my father the other day as he's made a donation to your school project. LOVE that it's such a small world Lxxx

Susan said...

Remarkable how fast what we think is permanent can be swept away.

Miranda said...

Spacedlaw - Quite something, huh?

Lori - Ah, home will always be there (unless it gets washed away by more floods!). We made the best decision to move to Tanzania but yes I still miss it so at times!

Shiny - careful, they'll biite yooouu!

Fush - what I wouldn't give to see a derelict bus go over the falls. Thanks for that image!

Geli - she hugs you back! And she brought the TAPE! Hilarious!!

FA - yes I saw that post (sorry, been crap at commenting!) How exciting! And I told Pam about the school project donation - no WAY! she said. Amazing all this interconnectedness!!

Susan - I know! We kept thinking it couldn't possible get any higher but it just kept on coming!

Miranda said...

Spacedlaw - Quite something, huh?

Lori - Ah, home will always be there (unless it gets washed away by more floods!). We made the best decision to move to Tanzania but yes I still miss it so at times!

Shiny - careful, they'll biite yooouu!

Fush - what I wouldn't give to see a derelict bus go over the falls. Thanks for that image!

Geli - she hugs you back! And she brought the TAPE! Hilarious!!

FA - yes I saw that post (sorry, been crap at commenting!) How exciting! And I told Pam about the school project donation - no WAY! she said. Amazing all this interconnectedness!!

Susan - I know! We kept thinking it couldn't possible get any higher but it just kept on coming!

Miranda said...

Spacedlaw - Quite something, huh?

Lori - Ah, home will always be there (unless it gets washed away by more floods!). We made the best decision to move to Tanzania but yes I still miss it so at times!

Shiny - careful, they'll biite yooouu!

Fush - what I wouldn't give to see a derelict bus go over the falls. Thanks for that image!

Geli - she hugs you back! And she brought the TAPE! Hilarious!!

FA - yes I saw that post (sorry, been crap at commenting!) How exciting! And I told Pam about the school project donation - no WAY! she said. Amazing all this interconnectedness!!

Susan - I know! We kept thinking it couldn't possible get any higher but it just kept on coming!

Miranda said...

Spacedlaw - Quite something, huh?

Lori - Ah, home will always be there (unless it gets washed away by more floods!). We made the best decision to move to Tanzania but yes I still miss it so at times!

Shiny - careful, they'll biite yooouu!

Fush - what I wouldn't give to see a derelict bus go over the falls. Thanks for that image!

Geli - she hugs you back! And she brought the TAPE! Hilarious!!

FA - yes I saw that post (sorry, been crap at commenting!) How exciting! And I told Pam about the school project donation - no WAY! she said. Amazing all this interconnectedness!!

Susan - I know! We kept thinking it couldn't possible get any higher but it just kept on coming!

karen said...

Hi Miranda. I've been away from all blogs for quite a while, but great to catch up. I see the picture window is still as beautiful as ever.. Those flood pics are quite something!! I will add to the voices who hope you don't give up on your blog :)

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