And boy, have they been strange.

This week has been insane. In good and bad ways. I’m so glad it’s over.

I got a visit from the Ex.  Shidwe kabisa!!

I saw some chick suspended on a gate. I don’t know what she was doing there, or what happened after I left. I mean to my [insert appropriate prefix here]-normal mind, it was strange to see some girl in a striped orange top, fitting blue jeans and no shoes, on a gate.

She wasn’t climbing it, she wasn’t swinging on it, she was just … on it. The gate is pretty tall, and she was somewhere between the ground and the gate crest, clinging like a female spiderman.

I know she wasn’t stealing, coz it was like 3 p.m. She wasn’t peeping inside coz the gate was opaque. And she wasn’t trying to move, coz a few times I saw her jump off the gate, then spring up to the same spot and re-suspend. It could be some new form of gate-aerobics, maybe focussed on the arms and calves.

I tried to figure out what she was doing, but the people around weren’t paying particular attention to her. If anything, they were more disturbed with me, standing in the middle of the road with my head to the side, staring at the suspended girl. Apparently, it’s not a done thing.

Then today, I saw some birds standing on a tree, doing what I could only imagine was sharpening their beaks. They’d rub them against the stalks and then scratch themselves, the way dogs do to get rid of fleas. Do birds get fleas?

One bird did a pretty good Pluto immitation of standing on one leg and scratching itself. My kingdom for a camera – and some camera-using skills!

Today I have house guests. Which is good. I’ve planned for it all year. There’s just one teeny tiny problem. Well, actually, two. One is that my landlord has picked today [of all days!!] to fix the sewer system. Which means I can’t use my bathroom, you know, to get ready and…other things – and neither can my guests. And I don’t even want to think about the smell.

Two is that my house is…cosy. Six seats and lots of cushions. And my guests are…many. My small circle of friends picked this time of year to invite their small circles of friends to Dar. Which means that I now have 21 adorable guests [and one moody dog] to squeeze into 10 cubic feet, with no bathroom facilities and no Air Conditioning.

I’m currently on the phone trying to work a rota system that doesn’t involve throwing anyone out in full view of anyone else. Plus I’ll need some mad camera skills. One-minute-photo-shoots – for-dummy lessons? Anyone?

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