Ruth Binney In Livingstone

Check that picture! It’s three in one! Why? Well, clearly you can see my sister Ruth Binney, here on a visit from chilly England and enjoying our warm sunny weather. Then, you can also see ‘The New Car’!! Last, but I think not least, if you look very carefully you can see the reflection of the photographer (me!) in the car window! How about that then?!

Ruth arrived on Wednesday on British Airways (after a lovely holiday in Cape Town with friends Gail and Andre), and is understandably slightly concerned about the possibility of a cabin crew strike effecting her scheduled return journey next week. Let’s hope not, though I for one wouldn’t mind if she had to stay a little longer! A cricket fan, as I write she’s enjoying her English breakfast at Chanters Lodge while watching the 1st day of the 1st Test Match between Bangladesh and England. Eish! What we do for these ‘comps’!

2009 was a tough year for Ruth. You may remember that her husband Donald passed away suddenly in November 2008, so last year was a year of mourning. Let’s hope 2010 will be her year of recovery. Her husband’s loss was especially tough coming soon after our mother’s passing in March 2007. Ruth had nursed our mother in her latter days and then had ably administered her estate. She deserved better, but as she’s fond of saying herself, life sometimes is just not fair, so get used to it. She has one daughter, Laura – beautiful, married and currently living in London, working for Top Sante as Beauty Director (advertising).

We don’t have a lot planned for her visit, but on Monday we’ll go to Chobe for the one day safari and on Tuesday enjoy a sunset cruise on the Lady Livingstone. Meanwhile we’re busy trying out some of our competitor restaurants. Last night The Armadillo, tonight Olga’s – the city’s pizza/pasta place run by Italians next to the Catholic Cathedral and opposite the new Shoprite complex.

Ruth’s an accomplished writer. Check this page on Goodreads for a list of some of her published books. She’s currently working on ‘Wise Words and Country Ways, Weather Law’ – explaining all those familiar sayings about the weather – red sky at night etc! Due out soon from her publishers David and Charles, so watch out for it! Ruth would also love to have her own website and intends to ask nephew Ed for help!

It’s always lovely to have family to stay, and so far the Livingstone weather’s really behaving itself!