We all had a wonderful time with the family in Harare over Christmas. We were back home and settling into our routine.
Willem was at work again and Vil was back at his play school for the mornings. He enjoyed going and had lots of friends.
The weather was hot and we were in the middle of the summer. Botswana has a very extreme climate and the days went by with the ground was getting dry and dryer and the temperature getting hotter and hotter. Occasionally we would watch stormy clouds in the sky and wonder if we would be lucky enough to have some rain that day.
The storms were quite frightening with extreme winds before the storm. I can remember leaving windows open at the house and because of the dryness there was so much dust being forced in the winds that this was just like having a dust storm. Everything got covered in dust. You soon learnt to close your windows as the whole house needed dusting.
There were extreme flashes of lightning and loud cracks and bangs of thunder as the storms got closer. We always had a theory that every time you counted to four between the flash of lightning and the loud bangs of thunder, this was the equivalent to the storm being a mile away. So as the flashes of lightning came, you would come down and work out roughly how far away the storm was while you waited to hear the thunder. The storm could be there 1 min and gone the next and occasionally this caused flash floods.
There was always great excitement when the storms were near and we would look out the window and watched the rain pelting down outside. Sometimes it even hailed which could be quite frightening. Vil used to get very excited when it rained and we would often put a bucket outside to collect rainwater. He had his gum boots and after the rains have passed he would enjoy paddling in the puddles of water.
The storms never worried Hughan. He was five months old and he was never frightened by the loud bangs of thunder. He would watch his brother, who was very excited, and I would hold him as we looked up the windows at the rain.
After the storms had passed by green shoots of grass would appear in the countryside and all the Thorn trees would get their green foliage.
Hughan was a very happy baby and I would take him for his regular checkups to get weighed in Gaborone. He had had all of his baby injections locally and everyone was really happy with his progress.