Read as part of the Around the World in 12 Books Challenge 2014.
I am currently reading”An African Love Story. Love, Life and Elephants” by Daphne Sheldrick.
The two quotes below made me to reach out for my colored pencils, how could they have done anything else?
“When we had visitors, Sheila and I had to vacate our tent to sleep under a tarpaulin open at one end, where my mother erected a barricade of camp chairs, its sides anchored by two planks of wood. It was at these times that my sister and I became somewhat edgy when darkness set in. The smell of meat attached predators of all shapes and sizes, not least lions. Their roaring kept us awake, but what truly scared us, lying there in pitch darkness, was the rhythmic rasping of their tongues as they licked the sides of our sleeping shelter. The lions could not resist the flavoursome tarpaulin, which had previously been used to carry salt. The thought that only a flimsy piece of canvas separated lions’ faces from ours was daunting, to say the least.”
“Ticks were everywhere and they got into every part of our anatomy, but although they irritated us like mad, I couldn’t help being fascinated by their splendid variety – striped legs, spotted legs, red legs, yellow legs, spotted legs with green stripes, so it went on.”