Hobbies and resolutions

The last week has been a good one for my new year’s resolutions. The travel agency I worked for in Namibia send two people over to a big travel show in the Exhibition Centre in Earl’s Court in London every February. I went to see them on Friday and Saturday and spent both days also working on their stand with them, talking to people about Namibia and Botswana and South Africa and Zambia and about when to take holidays and about whether to take anti malarials and how to travel around etc etc.

In amongst all of that, I managed to have a little chat with my old boss about my own planned trip, as per my new years resolution. The plan is as follows – a 14 day self-drive trip, seeing as much as possible, with a sprinkling of crazy fun here and there, eg, hot air balloon rides over the desert. It will have to be next year because of the following, which will happen this year.

Some friends are moving to Australia this summer so a trip to that side of the world is in order. Given that I dont often get over there, I’ll be making a stop in to see the little girls I sponsor through Plan International, in Vietnam and the Philippines, as I haven’t visited in years. This, then, covers the second of my new years resolutions, to plan a trip to Asia.

Next, I made a point to go up to the local butcher at the weekend and order a rabbit and asked him about which rabbit choice is more ethical, farmed or wild. We had a long discussion and I then ordered a rabbit, which I will pick up tomorrow. I also went up today and got two beef fillet steaks, which were amazingly soft and tender when I cooked them for dinner tonight. So that’s three new years resolutions dealt with.

Next, some fun. I got me an electric piano! Well, it’s not mine. Yet. I’m hiring it from the man in the music shop at the moment. I might decide I want to actually buy it from him at some point. I set it up immediately that I got home and got started on trying to learn How Deep Is Your Love by The Beegees.

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It is tons of fun! Even Danda, who had been unsure about the whole idea until I kind of forced it on him, took a seat and gave You Are My Sunshine a go. He has the first two lines memorised. It falls apart after that.

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All in all, a fabulous few days. Bring on the holidays and the rabbits!

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Well, what is more ethical? Wild or farm raised? Am in the middle of writing a post of ethical meat eating – if there is such a thing so I would appreciate suggestions

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    • The butcher said to me that farm raised is better because then you’re only taking away what you’ve grown anyway, rather than taking wild rabbits from their natural habitat and depleting wild rabbit numbers. Does that help? I was also asking about eating deer at this time of year because they are being culled anyway so if we don’t eat them, they are going to waste. I live near Richmond Park so have tracked down the butcher which sells the Richmond Park deer because then it’s more local and less food miles, hence being even more ethical.

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  2. Music is grand, even if the piano isn’t one.
    Scott

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  3. Good on you for trying out an electric piano! That’s how my daughter started. We just got back from lessons and she is on her third level since starting this time last year. She still uses the electric piano as well as the upright piano we have been given. Enjoy!

    Blessings ~ Wendy

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