Jumbo update 13 december 2013

December 13, 2013

JUMBO UPDATE 13 DECEMBER 2013

I was so proud of my Jumbo team led by Louise (and supervised by Catherine) whilst I was away in Joburg as they took on the mammoth task of laying the concrete slab over one weekend. You can’t order deliveries of concrete here so it is literally done with manual labour loading wheel barrows of sand, stone and cement into a little concrete mixer and then taking the mix with wheel barrows to the site and pouring whilst the building team compact using timber planks and “stampers” made from old paint tins filled with concrete and a stick to lift them and pound the concrete to get rid of all the air bubbles. 

On both days they started at first light i.e. 5am and continued working with the lights of the car until 7pm with only a short 20 min break for lunch and by Sunday night they had the slab laid.  The floor area is 285m2 and the slab is 15cm thick so it was many many wheel barrows and it was an exceptionally hot weekend – must say I did feel rather guilty leaving them all to do the hard slog whilst I got regular progress reports in the form of photos sent by viber but it really gives me confidence that Jumbo will continue long after I am gone.

So the pillars are done, the timber roof structure is done, the floor has been laid and we are now putting up the bamboos to attach the thatch grass to and then will build the brick walls so I can finally see some light at the end of the tunnel.

Thanks to all of the wonderful people who have supported us I can finally say that financially we are almost there as following on from Wayne and Ronnie’s Christmas donation I got another very generous donation from Rainer Krantz’ who has supported us in so many ways since the beginning and we are now only $3800 short of the final figure required to complete the building.

It is truly amazing that every time we embark upon an ambitious project with not nearly enough funds somehow we manage to complete it and it is thanks to you all of our wonderful supporters out there that we can continue to make progress. One of the highlights of Jumbo is all of the lovely friends that we have made; there really are a lot of wonderful people in this world.

 

Jumbo update 6 Dec 2013

December 6, 2013

JUMBO UPDATE FRIDAY 6TH DECEMBER 2013

 

We woke up this morning to the sad news of the passing of one of the world’s great men Nelson Mandela. I think that President Obamas comment that he was a truly good person probably sums him up in one word. We all know of his great achievements with humans, reconciliation in a very volatile situation in South Africa, his great work with charities to ease the suffering of fellow South Africans and his great achievements as a statesman but I am not ...


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Jumbo update 15 Nov 2013

December 6, 2013

JUMBO UPDATE 15 NOV 2013

This week has been a week of hellos and goodbyes.  Obviously with it being Moses’s anniversary we did think of him and our final good bye a lot more than normal and coincidently I had to travel to Mzuzu on business which of course is the city where we went to collect Moses in the first place so the drive brought back many memories of our drive to go and collect Moses, my thoughts at the time, the feeling of anticipation and of course the long drive back through t...


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Jumbo update 8 November 2013

November 8, 2013

JUMBO UPDATE 8 NOVEMBER 2013

 

Yesterday morning we had a little weaver bird fly into the house and Catherine watched in awe as I raced Mr Wilson the cat to rescue him. Mr Wilson (so named because as a tiny kitten he would put his ears flat down when he got cross and he looked a bit like Mr Wilson from Denis the menace with his hat pulled down) is extremely quick and agile and it was a serious sprint from me to get to the bird who had flown onto a louver window and catch it milliseconds b...


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Jumbo updare 25 October 013

November 8, 2013

Jumbo update 25 October 25, 2013

 

Barn scaffolding is down with no dramas and the team is busy preparing the ground for building of the foundations and concreting in of the poles. Stupidly and over enthusiastically I dug the foundations far too early and we had to cover up quite a few trenches to be able to erect poles and scaffolding which we have to reopen as well as compact the ground ( sure my team think I am a real nutcase!)

 

We had a bit of a fright last week when we had really...


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Jumbo update 18 Ocotber 2013

October 18, 2013

Jumbo update 18th October 2013

We are back into the hot, dry, dusty and windy time of the year when both man and animal start to look anxiously at the sky searching for the first signs of rain clouds. Tempers of both man and animal are normally more frazzled at this time of year commonly known this part of the world as suicide month but somehow as soon as the first storm starts to build the whole atmosphere is charged with electricity and anticipation and those first drops of rain smell so...


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Jumbo update 11 Oct 2013

October 18, 2013

JUMBO UPDATE 11 OCTOBER 2013

This week I thought I would chat about our feathered friends as I am greeted every morning just as the sun starts to rise in the sky by a lovely chorus of bird song. We have a huge colony of weavers who nest in the palm trees and bamboo that overhangs our rather large pond. This colony grows in number every year as the parents from last year come back together with their grown up offspring and the number of nests this year is probably close to a thousand.  I dr...


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Jumbo update 20 sep 2013

September 20, 2013

JUMBO UPDATE 20 September 2013

I am writing todays update with my WAR (Wildlife At Risk) hat on.

  A few months ago a lovely lady Christina Russo sent me an email.  She is a journalist and conservationist who is passionate about doing something to create awareness for the plight of elephants and had met a good friend Dr Catherine Wood in the USA who had suggested that she contact me.  Christina was wanting to do research on elephant orphanages and whether they were still relevant in today...


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Jumbo update 13 September 2013

September 13, 2013

JUMBO UPDATE 13 SEPT 2013

We start off our update this week by thinking of our American supporters, particularly those of you who lost loved ones in the dreadful 9/11 tragedy.  I know that whilst time does heal the pain of loss the scar is always there and I would ask you all to spare a moment to think of those people all around the world who carry that burden of loss and the elephant families who suffer the same emotional traumas as we do when they suffer a loss.

Sean Hensman sent us an ...


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Jumbo update 6 September 2013

September 6, 2013

JUMBO UPDATE 6 September 2013

 

Our little Jumbo baby Catherine had her first birthday this week and it really brought back memories of the day that we brought the tiny little preemie baby home and the events leading up to this.

On the morning of the 3rd September Louise had come across at 5am to join Moses and I for our morning cup of coffee as she had done for the past 6 months. Well Louise and I had coffee and Moses tried to put his trunk into the handles of the coffee mugs. Louise lo...


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