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  • Sam
    replied to The news from Zimbabwe
    Don't know much about water buffalo - what we get here is the Cape Buffalo, a very daunting opponent if you get on the wrong side of him.

    Thankfully, my Scottish roots are in the opposite direction from Glenrothes, near the foot of the Ochil hills, which definitely win in the charm...
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  • Sam
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    Great shot, Chris - definitely worth all the midge bites! The last time I went to that castle (2 years ago) we got attacked by bees, so the Loch Leven noo-noos aren't too selective ... BTW, that's about 8 miles from where I come from. Got quite homesick looking at that pic, if the truth be known!...
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  • Sam
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    Hi Guys,

    Still here!!! Not doing much in the restoration department, it must be said, but busy with children (Lucy 6 months old already - time flies), helping Peter with his safari operation and doing a spot of painting when I get the chance!!

    Wish you wouldn't post stuff...
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  • Sam
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    Thanks, everyone! I must say, little Lucy is just delightful and I am a very lucky Mum!

    Things in Zim have not improved at all, but we hang in there and hope for the best ... perhaps we all have our heads in the sand, who knows?

    Sam
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  • Sam
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    Howdy. Thought I'd just log in and let you know that I had a little girl on Saturday morning - called Lucy. Everything seems to be in the right place!

    Sam
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  • Sam
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    The latest wheeze of Zim's police force is to set up roadblocks, where they relieve passing motorists of all their cash. Great ploy for pulling in the tourists!

    I enjoyed this item from the Guardian yesterday:

    Come to Zimbabwe!
    Er, no thanks.

    But...
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  • Sam
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    You'd certainly inherit a profitable little tourism industry to go with it - but I'm not sure the song "I'll take the high road" would sound the same with the words "and I'll get tae Manchester before ye!"

    Underground water here is definitely dodgy if the water course...
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  • Sam
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    I would say that ALL the infrastructure dates from before 1980 ... Bob loves to bash the whites, but he enjoyed inheriting what they brought to the country ...

    Just about all Harare's water comes from reservoirs, but sensible people living there drill boreholes in their gardens, just...
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  • Sam
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    Thanks Margaret! Thank goodness my daughters are old enough now to help with the nappy changing! Not my favourite job.

    When we were still on the farm, I was amused to see that the Chinamasas had employed a woman to carry huge buckets of water on her head all the way from the dam to...
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  • Sam
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    Yes, well, when the electricity's off, the phone doesn't work ( like ours hasn't for the last week) and there's no fuel around, you have to be creative!!!

    PS - Chris - did you see the piece in the Daily Telegraph on Monday? I gather we made it into the editorial columns ...
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  • Sam
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    Hi all! Thanks for all the good wishes! Yes, we're still in the land of the living and some serious persuasion even got us a telephone installed, so back in web-land as well, although the connection usually lasts about 53 seconds before I get cut off ... we seem to have one of those phone systems...
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  • Sam
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    Howdy!

    It's going fine, thanks, but I had some fun a couple of weeks ago ... the day after Peter went away, I was given five days to get everything off the farm - you may remember that when we left the place, we had to leave everything behind. Well, I went into overdrive and got all...
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  • Sam
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    Thanks Ed! Well, the good news is that we won!! So the farm is legally ours, although other farmers have been through several court cases, i.e. the government just starts the whole process over again, giving the owner a compulsory acquisition order, then telling them to get off, then it's back into...
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  • Sam
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    Thanks for those links, Al. Not much hope, really, is there? "Mission Impossible" sums it up!

    Jim - Oregon sounds VERY appealing ... "just like Scotland" eh? But without the four foot snow drifts in February, I hope

    Sam
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  • Sam
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    Wow, thanks everyone - we're all fine, still sitting it out in Harare, which is not ALL bad! And waiting for our court case to come up (next week), where the govt. have to prove they were justified in taking the farm ... if we get an independent judge, we have a good chance of winning, but they are...
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