Lost Runner Thumbs Lift on Golf Cart.

Bolstered by an article about Nelson Mandela – who kept fit for 27 years in jail – I decided to start running around the outside of the house. Swimming is usually my thing, but lock-down Botswana calls for Lock-down measures. First, I pick a play-list and immediately go to a happy place when Dizzy Rascal…

Life in Botswana | 29 April 2020

Drama Triangles

An uncomfortable interaction took place with one of my friends – which I felt responsible for.   I called another friend, who is a qualified councillor, to ask how I could have dealt with it better, and she told me about the Karpman Drama Triangle, where-by two people continuously switch between three roles – victim, persecutor,…

Life in Botswana | 9 August 2019

Snakes on a Golf Course

I thought it was a joke when residents were advised to keep small cats and dogs inside, due to the sighting of a very large python somewhere near the 7thhole. We had recently moved into a very nice house on a golf course (Botswana) and I was absolutely freaked when said python was found –…

Life in Botswana | 12 July 2019

The Demise of Mr Pink, the guinea pig

Our daughter was given two male guinea pigs whom she named Jack…And Jacko. The logic of a three-year-old is a mystery to most, I don’t understand it either, but at least it was better than my friend’s daughter naming her cat-fish, Big Black Willy (after the whale, in Free Willy.) We noticed that Jacko was losing…

Life in Botswana | 13 June 2019

Chubby Mermaids

The first time I asked for directions in Gaborone, the answer I received went something like this: It’s easy – go straight until you get to the robots, then go left. Go straight again until you get to the Barclays circle, then take a right. Errrrrr……yes, apparently, I did hear correctly. Should I ask a…

Life in Botswana | 28 February 2019

London to Botswana, 2013

Being a Londoner born and bred, I often dreamt of living somewhere exotic for a stint, so when my husband Jamie came home and said would I like to live in Gaborone for five years, I said yes! Shortly followed by ‘where is that, exactly?’ Having located Botswana on an inflatable globe we had knocking…

Life in Botswana | 29 January 2019