Monday, June 19, 2006
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Better news, though, is that I have collected my framed degree certificate and my graduation photographs, and they look lovely. And I'm going to the Drakensberg tomorrow!
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Monday, June 12, 2006
And just for the fun of it, here is a photo taken at Varsity on Friday. It is the middle of winter, and the peach trees are in blossom.
Sunday, June 11, 2006
I really am looking forward to this.
Saturday, June 10, 2006
I have never been a very enthusiastic cook, mainly because I can always think of other things I would rather be spending my time on. Tonight, however, as part of my bid to relax and focus on the important things, I decided to take some time to cook myself a real dinner. The result was a mushroom risotto. Mmm. Comfort food. And good fun to prepare, too.
Friday, June 09, 2006
It's 16:51, and I am still sitting in this lab waiting for files and settings transfer wizard to do its thing. I don't get paid enough to do this! I was only supposed to work from 09:00 to 11:00. Two hours have stretched to eight. And I had to skip lunch. Grumble grumble moan. At least it's money coming in, I guess. I am so looking forward to my holiday! this time next week, I'll be there.
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
And some exciting news, I have had a proposal accepted for the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) conference in Hawaii in November. And I got offered a really interesting job today. I don't yet know whether I will be able to accept it or not, but it is something completely different from anything I have ever done before, and I hope I will be able to do it just for that reason. Not to mention the fact that the confidence of the person who has offered it to me means a lot. She is a really great role-model in all sorts of ways, and I appreciate her belief in me.
Sunday, June 04, 2006
I so enjoyed having those Mapungubwe pictures up at the top of my blog that I think I'm going to post pictures more often. This one I took from the top of the hill above my parent's house in Champagne valley in December. I love this place. So tranquil. It was a dream come true for my parents, and is a haven for me. I'm going there again on the 16th of this month. Can't wait! It was snowing there a couple of weeks ago.
Friday, June 02, 2006
The Limpopo River, as seen from our digs for the weekend. That's Botswana on the other side. On the last morning, just as we were finishing breakfast, a whole herd of elephants crossed the river just down stream from us. It was an amazing sight!
This is K2, an older habitation site than Mapungubwe, within the same reserve.
The confluence of the Limpopo and Shashi rivers. To the left, Botswana. To the right, Zimbabwe. And in the middle, a disputed island so small it's barely habitable.
Mapungubwe: the hill, on the left, and a view from the summit. The weather turned as we climed, and it really looked like it might rain. Then, as we climbed down, it cleared almost as quickly as it had come over. We suspect the ancestors were not happy with us.