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Planetpacers’ very first fund-raiser

Hi, I’ve been using up snippets of spare time posting entries on our Facebook page about our Animal S.O.S. Madagascar fund-raiser. I completely forgot to post a link to it on this website. Please have a read and please consider donating to this wonderful cause. People around the world are coming together to help out Carlina and her loyal, hard-working staff so that we can provide enough funding for their latest project – to capture as many street dogs as possible, to treat, .

Gone, but not forgotten :)

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Oh so back into the swing of things in New Zealand. Having ploughed through in excess of 6,000 work emails, de-cat-fluffed my house, caught up with gardening and washing and finally gotten around to re-stocking  my pantry after subsisting on toast and canned beans for a week, I can now move into the next phase: fund-raising! This is after all one of Planetpacers’ primary objectives and now that I have personally visited and worked .

Au revoir Madagascar

Au revoir Madagascar
      Tana 28/01/16 – Last day A bitter-sweet day. The end of an absolutely fantastic experience, a goodbye to wonderful new friends (human and animal) and a farewell to the enduring spirit of Africa. But, we get to see loved ones again, our dog and cats and good friends. We went to see the younger dogs at Animal S.O.S. one last time and they were all there except Kaya who had been adopted .

24th-26th Jan 2016. Tulear to Tana and Lemur Park

24th-26th Jan 2016. Tulear to Tana and Lemur Park
  Auberge de la Table was very quiet due to our out of season travels. In fact we were the only occupants and we had two neighbouring thatch bungalows in a peaceful part of the grounds. It was exceptionally hot and we were constantly covered in a sheen of sweat and had to have the fans on all night in order to sleep. Our host ( I forget his name) was very polite and .

End of the Southern route

End of the Southern route
24/01/2016 St Augustine – Tulear Last night at dinner ( Eden Ecolodge ) we were offered an extra dessert ( like we needed it!). Then 9 of the local staff came out with guitars, drums and maracas and sang us some beautiful village farewell songs which was very sweet and emotional. Three of the men then slowly left the band as the others played and presented us each with a little woven basket containing .

Residence Eden (St Augustin) 21/01 to 24/01/16

Residence Eden (St Augustin) 21/01 to 24/01/16
     Residence Eden is highly recommended for everybody wishing to recharge their batteries, get away from stresses of the ‘ real world’, get back to the basics of human interaction and raw natural beauty. Here, you can sift the wants of ‘western’ life from the needs of existence and feel totally rejuvenated and lighter for doing so. We were welcomed with exquisitely scented flower necklaces, a refreshing drink and complimentary sarongs. Nothing quite .

Residence Eden 21-24 Jan 16

Residence Eden 21-24 Jan 16
Isalo – Tulear – St Augustin We left our desert haven early before the heat got too much. We passed the sapphire mine and the 3 towns associated with sapphire trade which have blossomed since the stone was first discovered. They were initially of a bit of a ‘Wild West ‘ set-up where everybody carried guns..and used them. The river adjacent to the first town is the heart of the community and driving over the .

Isalo National Park 20/01/16

Isalo National Park 20/01/16
  Another fantastic day. A breakfast of fruit, freshly baked bread, mango juice and coffee. Our guide for the day, Floris, met us in town at about 8am and we set off for a days’ walk through Madagascar’s 2nd largest park. We were told how lucky we were as it had been raining a few days before and now the sky was Sapphire blue without a hint of cloud. We did not see any .

Isalo 19/01/16

Isalo 19/01/16
The trip today took from 7.30 am to 6.30 pm, including many stops along the way. Our first stop was a paper factory. Here, the bark of an indigenious tree is boiled, mashed up and then spread out on frames to dry. The finished product is decorated with dried flowers or bound with Raffia and made into greeting cards, note books and numerous other papery delights. Mamie then took us to a silk factory. Wild .

Ranomafana 17/01/16

Ranomafana 17/01/16
This trip was scheduled to last around 3 hours but slow going through some major potholes in the road resulted in an extension to almost 4 hours. The road was windy and mountainous and 2 out of the 3 of us felt decidedly green around the gills. We arrived at Chez Gaspard B&B a bit wobbly with bladders fully extended. Mami had offered to pull over to the side of the road for Shannon, .