Bags packed again. Spent the morning with Etienne and Leana, laughing..... having breakfast....... and fly casting on the Rattrays manicured lawn. It was a brilliant morning. Good friends are a precious gift, and the time spent with them was way too short. I packed carefully in my bag the beautiful beaded picture frame they gave me .....knowing that I had the perfect picture of the three of us to put in it. It was a picture Ryan had taken of us on the Rattray's veranda, with the Sand River in the background. It was a fabulous day, and I was grateful for them.
When Ryan came to fetch me the tears were held back and we were off to the airstrip. It was a quiet peaceful morning on the airstrip, warm with no breeze. I could feel the warm africa air on my face. It is not a feeling you will ever forget. It is enough keep you desiring more, and will invite you in again and again.
Good-bye to Ryan and South Africa; now flying over Mala Mala and the lowveld the tears come. I hope Botswana welcomes me the same.