Dreaming Under Mosquito Net


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Sunrise, Africa

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A cup of tea, some wonderful books and mosquito netting= Heaven

You have no idea how long I’ve been working on this post. You must understand what the mere glimpse of mosquito netting does to my heart rate in order to appreciate how much I adore these images, particularly the one above, which actually faded away to a mere ghost on my bulletin board. I like to imagine it was taken on a boat in India, so if you know otherwise, please don’t shatter my fantasy.

 The photo above it, I snapped just as the sun was rising at the foot of our bed in Africa. I shot it in panorama, which unfortunately doesn’t fit on the blog.

It’s one of the best memories of the best holiday I’ve ever taken with my family.

 Like the sweet scent of coconut oil, the scraping of palm fronds against a tin roof, the slow creak of an ancient ceiling fan,

the fine veil of mosquito netting sends me off to Blissville.

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Romantic in theory…

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A very happy Slim

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Calvin Cottar’s 1920′s Safari Camp, Africa

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Love the cloistered effect of the nets beneath the recessed arch

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and this grey & lavender combination is sublime

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another old favourite

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Mosquito netting in a guest bedroom in my home

(I think I’ve had more bats fly into my house than mosquitoes, but that’s another story)

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Don’t you just love when you come back to your room and your towel is a swan?!

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Leopard Hills, Kruger Park, Africa

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Baroness Fiona Thyssen-Bornemisza

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Coffee tastes better under mosquito netting

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Image Joseph Walsh

Ash and Organza silk “Enignum” Canopy Bed by Joseph Walsh

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Black mosquito netting- How very Tom Ford

I might have to try this somewhere…

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Battambang, Cambodia (I tie scarves around lights that are too bright :) )

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Me. Here. Now.

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Sabora, Africa

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My babies sleeping under the netting in Africa

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Hell, it works anywhere…

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I see some mosquito netting in my very near future…stay tuned :-)

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White Water Glafting

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Thanks so much again to all of you who contributed book suggestions to the previous post. I’m really looking forward to going over all your comments again and compiling a list when I get home.

In the meantime,

I’m off White Water Glafting for a few days.  You heard me.

Glafting is the new Glamping.

 Sure, I know what you’re thinking…Slim- you don’t strike me as the sporty type, but believe it or not, I live for danger.

 Besides, I’ve done this before, although the river wasn’t as high the last time

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and the apparel ante has been seriously UPPED on this trip…

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Resulting in some agonizing chapeau editing

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Love these OMO nylon pants, but $1,700??

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The adventure includes yoga, fishing, great food and drink, and most importantly, a glamorous toilet (nicknamed “The Groover”) precedes the party to each campsite.

 Happiness is a well guarded Groover :)

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Nothing like a friendly game of Bananagrams after a day battling the elements

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Did I mention the river is high where we’re going??

We’ve been told hiking alongside the river is also an option,

however the concern that lunch will be devoured by the Rafters before the Hikers arrive at camp has already crossed my mind.

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So just in case, I’m bringing giant marshmallows for fireside toasting

The days are warm but the nights are still cold

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Have you seen these? They’re about 3 times the size of regular marshmallows- Now that’s my idea of multi-tasking.

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So off I go into the wild blue yonder

Wish me luck & I’ll

See you in a few days.

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No “Deliverance” jokes please :)

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