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Greetings from the Kalahari. #totothelandrover #kalahari #centralkalaharigamereserve #botswana #botswanaisbest #landrover #defender110 #landroverlife #onelifeliveit #overland #overlandafrica #africaoverland #womenoverlandingtheworld #alloyandgrit #landroverphotoalbum #defenderdisciples #venturesomemore
This is Botswana. Steve and two complete strangers fixing Toto, who had two rear bushings improperly installed, resulting in the entire back axle shifting forward. We started two years ago with the kindness of strangers and we end that way. This is typical of the kindness and character of Batswana. Not only are they helping fix the truck, they said “my home is your home.” #botswana #botswanaisbest #payitforward #totothelandrover #kindnessofstrangers #overland #overlandafrica #africaoverland #botho #roadsidemechanic #landroverlife #landroverdefender #defender110 #onelifeliveit
After two weeks in the shop, major parts replacements, and more money than we should have spent, we spent our 18th anniversary swapping the brake pads that were improperly installed and trying to fix the bushings that were brand new as of yesterday. Posted up at SOS Children’s Village thanks to the kindness of a Motswana who spent his ENTIRE afternoon under the truck with Steve. Tomorrow, we start over. #happyanniversary #kindnessofstrangers #rollwiththepunches #landrover #defender110 #africaoverland #overlandafrica #overland #torothelandrover
We left Gabs this morning. Our farewell tour of Botswana begins as do many of our trips these days - with Toto on the side of the road and Steve with a wrench and manual. #landroverlife #cliche #landrover #defender110 #roadsiderepair #noreallyitsfine #readthemanual #overland #overlandafrica #africaoverland #totothelandrover

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This little bird looks like it has been held by its legs and dragged through a palette of paint.

The Lilac-breasted roller is a beautiful bird, made all the more so for the way in which it stands out against a landscape largely lacking in bright colors. It’s the size of a crow or a magpie back home, and a member of the roller family, which dips and rolls side-to-side as it flies. Our guide book says that the rolling is part of territorial or courtship displays. A Motswana we met once said it looks like they’re just showing off their extraordinary plumage.

And it is extraordinary. I have to rely on our Audubon book to describe it:

“Heavy black bill; pale green crown and nape; black line through eye; white eyebrow and chin. Dark purplish-lilac throat and chest with fine white streaks; turquoise belly, wing patch, rump, and tail. Cinnamon-rufous back; dark purple shoulders.”

Impossible, right? Reading that, can you even picture what this bird must look like? It looks like a flying amethyst, and even that doesn’t even come close to describing it. Like so much in nature, words don’t do it justice.

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