Day 2 of my flower journey and this is the day that we go into the Namaqualand desert to see this year's display and there is a lot of excitement and debate about what sort of display there will be this year over breakfast. Breakfast includes a choice of egg dishes and the number of rashers of bacon and is a perplexing affair - the waitress is pulling her moustache out already! The rest of the group shuffle in slowly and complain about how dark it was last night .......Hello! I think its called night time for this reason!
I cant wait to get onto the bus but before we leave the dining room we are waiting for our flower guide to join us. Her name is Lita....."Rita?" shouts the deaf Margo....."No Lita," says Alex patiently....."Oh Anita," says Keith......."No Lita - like a measurement of milk," says Alex.... "Pay attention everyone, all say Rita", Everyone sits up to attention and says "Rita" in unison. "Now replace the R with an L. Lita, La La La Lita," says Alex. Everyone says "Lita" .... I say, "2%". Alex gives me the dirtiest look yet and informs us that the bus will be leaving at 0930 sharp. I know that I am toast if I am not on that bus by 09.29.
We all assemble at the bus and Lita arrives - she really is half pint size and I like her immensely at first sight. I tell her that I have nicknamed her 2% and inform her that I am 'full cream' - she laughs and I do believe I have made a new friend.
We leave and make our way into the National Park and I ask Lita if I will be able to lie among the daisies (as a friend of mine has a gorgeous photo of her doing just that). Alex answers for her. "Absolutely not!" It will crush the flowers and there are signs that forbid it. I sulk!
We arrive to a field of orange as far as the eye can see, it is breathtaking. My bottom is in the air and camera starts clicking - there is so much to take in - so many flowers that I cannot resist. I find the place that I want to have my photo taken - right in the middle of the orange field and no one can stop me, "This is the happiest that I have been since January!" I declare and Lita takes pity on me and runs into the orange veld with me and before Alex can stop me - I am rolling in the daisies and Lita is clicking away. We are a team!
Many, Many stops and photos later we park up for lunch - the best of picnics - eaten in the open under the widest sky and surrounded by flowers. Its delicious but it seems that I have been nominated to retrieve serviettes as I am the only one who can bounce out of my canvas chair quick enough to catch them. I am convinced that Alex is dropping his on purpose!
Alex self-combusts!!!!! I can sense its open warfare. Cant wait for dinner this evening - there is to be a quiz too!