Mary Katherine and Gardner Come to Africa – and Love it

Stopping off for a sundowner

We are so far behind!  Now that I’ve written about our amazing trip to Mozambique (back in April) I can talk about our amazing time with Mary Katherine and Gardner in May!

It was one of the most stress-free trips we’ve had and loved every minute of it.  We were able to hit all of our favorite places and still discover new ones.

Here are the top twenty things I learned during their time here:

20)          Mary Katherine and Gardner look great even after traveling for 28 hours strait.

Enjoying Breakfast

19)          Mk and G adjusted really quickly and really well – here is their photo of a roadside market on the way from LLW to Blantyre

Photograph of a market scene

18)          It’s easy to make friends at the Mulanje Mission Hospital

New friend

17)          MK and G share my view that Mulanje pizza is the best – and that you don’t have to have climbed Mt. Mulanje to appreciate it.

Ready for pizza

16)          Gardner hates it when I slurp my coffee, tea, or soup.  And he’s quite right.

Gardner enjoying his soup properly

15)          We could easily get used to Huntington House style living… tea on the khonde anyone?

Feeling right at home

14)          Croquet is the best game ever.  I’m thinking of starting a national team.  We could drink gin and tonics and play croquet all over the world.

Sandy, of course, took to it immediately

13)          We think Chalet #5 at Mvuu Lodge might be the best one.  But it’s tough to say…

Gorgeous chalets

12)          MK and G are good luck – with them we saw: elephants, elephant babies, buffalo, buffalo babies, roan antelope, sable antelope, hartebeest, hippos, hippo babies, a two-week old hippo baby out of water, zebras, a crocodile eating something, porcupines, water bucks, monitor lizards, a duiker, bush bucks, about 40 different kinds of birds, and of course, plenty of impala and warthogs.  Even our fabulous guide Duncan was impressed.

A big hippo butt and a two week old hippo baby!

Sable antelope

Roan Antelope

Elephant!

11)          Our surprise breakfast, sneakily organized and prepared by the incredible Mvuu staff, at a hide deep in the bush, along the bank of the Shire river, alongside amazing wildlife, with eggs cooked to order, coffee, tea, muffins, sausage, bacon, and fruit, was definitely the best breakfast I’ve ever had.

Setting for breakfast!

Our breakfast table and view

The whole breakfast team

10)          The idea of enjoying your sundowner drink while floating along in Lake Malawi sounds wonderful.  The execution of this idea is surprisingly difficult.  But laughing so hard at watching   the others try and stay balanced on pool noodles, sip their drinks, and not let any water from the waves dilute their gin and tonics, burns off a lot of calories.

Trying our best not to spill our drinks

9)            We look dazzling in snorkel masks and flippers.

Awesome.

8)            With these little kayaks, we think we could even keep up with Alex, Ginny, and Ginger… at least for a little while

Fast, Agile, Stable Kayaks

7)            If Robinson Crusoe lived life like you do on Mumbo Island, he had it pretty good…

MK and G with a chalet in the background

Mumbo Island

6)            Eco-loos and bucket baths on Mumbo Island are pure luxury.

And it's a loo with a view

5)            Back in Blantyre, Mary Katherine has a new fan at Open Arms.  And so does Gardner…

Mary Katherine and Grace

Gardner and Sheila - Wyson looking on

4)            Gardner can cook anything, from anywhere, from any ingredients, and it’s always incredible.

Market shopping

Gardner hard at work

3)            Gardner eats sugar cane like a real man.

A real man

2)            We will miss them so much, but…

Second to last dinner in Blantyre

1)            We think Mary Katherine and Gardner have been bitten by the ‘Africa bug’, so we’re sure we’ll see them back soon!

Looking right at home

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4 responses to “Mary Katherine and Gardner Come to Africa – and Love it

  1. Alex

    so very fun – lots of great pics. Obviously, a good time was had by all.
    Love you

  2. 2frugalfoodies

    Yay! What a happy post! I miss you and Malawi so much already! We had a fabulous trip and want to come back TODAY!! Love you!

  3. Susie

    Love the top ten!! Sandy, the Grossmans played their first ever croquet at Sweetgrass — “American Frontier Rules” of course which include a poodle running to steal each ball after it is hit! MK and G are here with US NOW so you be jealous!!! Great pictures. Love the elephant over MK’s shoulder and the baby hippo!!

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