Retail Therapy Outpost Style

We went camping at the weekend. That’s what you do when you live in a suburban Outpost (an anomaly, I know); you escape to the great outdoors to remind yourself that you do actually live in the middle of nowhere in Africa.

We camped at the big dam – our water supply.


 We share it – naturally – not just with other offical water rate paying residents of Outpost, but with the fishermen and the herdsmen. I wonder, often, what UK’s Health and Safety would make of that: hundreds of skinny cattle traipsing through the heat and the bush to the dam to drink, leaving evidence of their visits at the water’s edge.


We pitched the tent, built a fire, made tea, walked the dogs.  Hat found a tree to climb whilst we admired the sunset.

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And in the morning, before we drove home, we bought a couple of old fishtraps from one of the fishermen.  To add to the retired dugout we’d purhcased on a previous trip. Hat shook her head in disbelief as I battled to squeeze two traps into the car alongside her, dogs and camping paraphenalia. I told her she would thank me for my lessons in shopping one day; I told her retail therapy plays a valuable part in feminine sanity and that geography must never be allowed to thwart it.

Not quite new shoes, I know, but adds a certain something to verandah decor?


4 Responses to “Retail Therapy Outpost Style”

  1. Tom Says:

    You know if you were driving through Nova Scotia in Canada, you would see Lobster traps set out on people’s lawns as decorations.

    I’m not sure what conclusions to draw,except if things get tough you can always get the family some fish. It’s probably primal instinct.

  2. Roberta Says:

    A woman has GOT to go shopping. It’s primal. I am so happy to see that you were able to feed that need….even in the wilds of Africa!

  3. Pig in the kitchen Says:

    Explaining the need to shope is probably the single most important thing that you have taught Hat since you started home ed. Your job is done.

  4. reluctantmemsahib Says:

    Thanks girls. Your words absolutely endorse my belief that a girl must cultivate a good shopping eye, even when compromised by geography!

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