Monthly Archives: May 2013

Of SCOURGES and PIROGUES.

My survey area of about four to five thousand square kilometres lay in the eastern quadrant of the confluence of the Shiré and Zambezi rivers, but my camp just outside the town of Mopeia lay on the eastern boundary. The … Continue reading

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The MORRUMBALA MONSTER

Watching Charles Howard (Jed) catch snakes, and having seen how easy it was, I was sure that I could do it myself. So, when I saw two puff adders together on the track, I stopped my Landy and cut myself … Continue reading

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Assistant SNAKE-CATCHER.

As natural resources surveyors, the first pit that we would dig and describe, sample and classify, when we settled into a new area, would be the pit latrine. Then we would cover it with saplings, leaves and earth before building … Continue reading

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PYTHON WRAP.

During the next week, I introduced Charles Howard (Jed, as I called him) to the local soils and vegetation. Each day we went out to dig new test holes and to describe the ones dug the previous day. There were … Continue reading

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The Road to MOPEIA – 1972.

The worst thing I did to myself in 1972 was to stop writing a diary. My excuse was that there was no time, but there seems to have been time to write love-letters three of four times a week to … Continue reading

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