No not more Thomas Hardy, just the Kayaker home from Africa this week and good to see he did a bit of perch fishing while he was there. Plans to travel to friends in Tanzania by bus cut short by the unpredictable situation in the region and the difficulties of travelling anywhere fast by land with a kayak in tow. I'm hoping the cold may have killed off any wandering ants or termites in the luggage which did hold a peculiar smell all of its own. Each river returned from exudes a particular tang enhanced by longevity of wetness of gear. As always the experience has been memorable and Africa and the people amazing.
The White Nile has been done and the film footage is enough to make you part company with excess body fluids, the river looks HUGE even on a TV screen.
The boy has also done good and bought me the most inspired, special and useful gift, hand-carved by a very very clever man in the Ugandan town of Jinja.