What do these have to do with each other? Not much other than the fact that they made up part of last week for us.
A few days ago we decided to kill two birds with one stone; try out the new cement mixer and pour sidewalks to help shed the water during rainy season (our walls are made of compressed mud blocks). What excitement for the bricklayers and their “assistants” and us of course, to see this machine go to work. It’s amazing when you see what a machine can do! If you can’t identify with that, you haven’t tried to limp along without one of your machines yet! The bricklayers’ assistants used to do all our cement mixing on the ground by hand, with shovels. Now they shovel it into the mixer and pause to watch it go ‘round, and ‘round, and ‘round.
A few days after our sidewalks were poured while Dwight was out checking the sidewalks, this little guy came teetering along the ground. Chameleons don’t scurry across the ground like lizards, they walk very slowly with their funny little toes and teeter from side to side. They can easily be mistaken for a leaf blown by the wind. Sly disguise. Chameleons are the reptiles that can change their colour to blend in with their surroundings. You can see from the photo below how this guy has changed his dark spots in an effort to blend in with Dwight’s shirt. To answer your question, no, they don’t turn any colour of the rainbow. Depending on what background they're on,their spots will either darken or fade, and their green colour can change from vibrant to very pale (for sleeping at night). After picking him up, admiring him, stroking him and photographing him, we let him go on his merry way. Slowly. Feeling each step with those funny little toes.
And this is where the curtains come in. Voila!
This little place is slowly becoming a home. Hanging curtains certainly added the warm touch we were missing. The nicest part is that we don’t feel so much like fish in a bowl at night. That’s not to say anyone was actually on the outside looking in, but you do tend to feel conspicuous without curtains in the dark bush at night when your home is lit up like a Christmas tree!