Sunday, November 20, 2011

Just a quick note....


Hi everyone, this is where I will be posting blogs from now on! I will post the blogs I posted on WildEarth about the leopards here too, so they are all together, as well as what I am going to be up too once I know what I will be doing!! :) I feel honoured to have been your guide for over a year and a half and look forward to the next chapter of my life with many more friends on board! Thank you for all your support and encouragement during such a wonderful and exciting experience that I am so proud and pleased to be able to say I have been apart of! This isn't a goodbye from me and I hope it isn't from you either!

Here is the link to my new calender, as before there is a large and a small version, with various pictures of the animals of Djuma we have come to love over the years, including Teddy and pals, the Nkuhuma lionesses and a tribute to the Gijima boys, vultures, elephants old and young and of course the leopards, the new cubs, the men in Karula's life and the lady herself!

Take care,
Tara

35 comments:

  1. Thanks Tara..I will definitely be following your blog. You have become such a part of my life/routine, it is going to be very strange not waking up to you or seeing you every eve before bed. You and all the others have made my Love for Africa grow so very much stronger. I do hope to visit one day...maybe then we can have a chat around the campfire!
    Thanks again for all that you have passed along to me.

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  2. I am SO excited to see this Tara! Thank you for all you have done and all you continue to do for us. ♥

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  3. Hi Tara ....
    Just want to say , you are an amazing lady!
    Keep up the 'good work' ....I will be with you too!
    Thanks for your patience and teachings .

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  4. I'm so glad that you made a blog Tara! I'm following you and I look forward to reading more from you!
    Thank you so much for planing to keep in touch with all of us after the safari drives end!
    It truly means a lot! ♥

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  6. Thanks Tara for keeping in touch. It will be great to get updates on your coming adventures and those of Karula and family, Teddy and all the rest. I have enjoyed the morning/evening dose of happy knowledge with you and the others for a long time. Cheers, Lynnszs

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  7. This is great, Tara! No, this isn't goodbye... you can't get rid of us THAT easy. LOL!

    Change can be hard, yet it'll be exciting seeing where life takes you on your continuing journey!

    Love ya bunches...
    Patty (SykoSuzie)

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  8. Trying hard not to cry again. I'm so very honored to have known you through your drives and simply thrilled that you will continue to be online. I've no doubt that you will find a new niche that will compliment your talents, and hope your next path brings you even more joy.

    Chris

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  9. This is going to be wonderful!! A way to feel closer to you and stay in touch.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, Tara.

    Love, El -

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  10. To a dear Tara, my wife and i would like to say a really big thank you, and we are glad to be tara follower's on this blogspot, as we have had many day's of reading your blogs and enjoying the live drive's with you Seb and Marc, many thank's Paul Ashleigh UK KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

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  11. Hi Tara i think i have cracked it i managed to sign in, this is super to have your own blog hoping to read what you see on you travels we will miss you loads Tara you Marc and Seb even Graham with the Gowri Gang too showing up on the drives, take care look after yourself, all the best in your next Adventure.
    Lots of love Doris Charles xxx

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  12. It was a real pleasure watching you present to us viewers the animals of Djuma and your knowledge along with them. Thanks for your help with the store! We will waiting (hopefully not for long) to see what your next adventure will be. I'll be sure to follow. ;)
    Thanks again!!
    ~Anthony Corvelli

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  13. Thanks Tara-It has been a wonderful run with Djuma but I'm looking forward to reading about your new adventures. It will take some time getting used to not jumping on board the Ganda with you, Marc and Seb twice a day. Good luck and God speed.

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  14. Thanks, Tara! After Thursday see ya here!

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  15. Dear Tara, yes, this is not a good bye, this is a new door opening for you and all of us. Thank you for sharing your passion for Africa and it's wildlife with us, thank you for being you. Good speed and fair winds for your future adventures. Firefly

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  16. Dear Tara, I want to thank you for all the wonderfull moments that I spend with you. They were so precious. The drive's your camera work and chatting in FC. I have learned so much from you the last year and a half sitting behind you in the Ganda stucked with ducktape. You three are a wonderfull Trio. Marc Seb and you. So much fun you had together so much laughs I had with you teers off laughter over my cheeks when you and Seb were doing animal noises. It was wonderfull. I wish you all the best in the future. God's blessings with you and I hope to see you back some time. ((((hugs)))) ~~~~~from Holland. Will follow you in here. ;-) Ineke Versteeg

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  17. Hi Tara, Thank you for your blog page Tara! I will be following you! I'm so thankful we will all be able to keep in touch with you this way! I have loved the Djuma Safari Drives with marc,Seb,And You! What I have learned is amazing! Actually what my whole family have learned! I have 3 special needs sons and they have also learned alot and would get so excited when they saw you guys and the animals! You,Marc,Seb have touched our hearts and were all friends forever more! Love you! God Bless You Tara! <3
    Love, terri6

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  18. Did order your calender already, I hope there will be many more over the years. Thanks for this blog and the pictures of this wonderful creatures and the love for nature you share with us. Stay happy what ever you decide to do next.Are you allowed to stay in SA for ever? R.C. Eggleston

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  19. Tara its been a pleasure having you as a guide for the drives. You do an awesome job. Best of luck with your future endevours and I look forward to checking in here to see what's going on with you and all the animals we have come to know and love. Karen

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  20. I will miss the fun we had,the laughter we had the knowledge you shared with the world.I am glo12 in chat an will be looking forward to all your updates.I got to respect the bush in all the yrs ive watched here but you Marc Seb have so changed my views about hyenas I really like them now.Good luck in anything ya do I will miss our meetings in the bush

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  21. Tara, so glad you are going to be blogging. Looking forward to your updates. Will miss you so much now that the drives are ending :( At least this way you can stay in touch with all us. Thank you all the awesome live safaris you took us on!

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  22. dear tara thanks for all the fun drives you have taken us on and all the great info you have passed on to us. will be following your blogs. And by the way did you ever find out what tree that was in the street? lol :D

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  23. Thanks for all the great memories. I know you have good things just waiting for you in your future and you deserve all of them. Thanks for opening a whole new world to so many people and caring so much about the animals and the environment. You are one special lady that's for sure.

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  24. Thank you so much for doing this, Tara. Losing the drives is one thing, but the thought of losing contact with you (and Marc & Sebastien, too!) was my biggest heartbreak. I know you will find a job where your love of wildlife and your joy in life will follow you. Best wishes and look forward to seeing what you do next.

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  25. Tara, I can't wait to hear about the new and exciting things that are to come for you. Best wishes. I will really miss you but as you always say, "Shall we carry on." Vikki in Florida

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  26. Not good-bye, but a new journey down a new path in life. We'll we happy to tag along and be a good friend along the way. Thank you for all the drives and great pictures and memories. But I'm sure more on the way in the future. Big Hugs!!!!

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  27. dear tara, I've never chatted or commented while you or yr colleagues were driving because I have no profile on fb or twtr but I've been one of the hundreds silent keen and affectionate followers of yr drives. I love Africa and its wildlife so deeply! So far I've had the privilege to come to Africa for a dozen days every year and visit different places. Each time great memories travel back home with me and last till the following year. Watching yr drives has been a way to keep in touch in a way and feel less...nostalgic. I listened to you (more than watching, too little time!) in the morning while getting ready for work and often watched you in the afternoon when I got back from work. Now that everything is finishing I've realized how that habit had somehow turned into a kind of strange but fond relationship (friendship?). So tks for everything! I've done lots of game drives throughout most southern African countries and I can tell you: you and your friends have proved to be among the most competent, skilful and entertaining guides ever! Thank you very much for all the good time!
    Ottavio - Cuneo - Italy

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  28. oh Tara what to say but ... Tick ... I can check off the most wonderful experience in my life ...I have enjoyed your drives so much & will miss them a lot. best wishes for your future, enjoy your time with your family & keep us in touch with your life. Fair well ... till we meet again ... Donna Turn

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  29. Thanks tara for the wonderful calender, its beautiful.also thanks for letting us have a way to keep in touch with you.Your love and knowledge of wildlife is awesome. thanks for sharing it with us ,i have learned alot.take care, and good luck in the future.miss you my friend!!!

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  30. Tara, many thanks for all you have done to make the drives so interesting. You have a gentle caring soul for all wildlife, and a wealth of knowledge. Good luck will follow you in all you do. You will be missed.
    Bbe Richmond

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  31. Tara, Thank you so much for the opportunity to keep in touch. There are no words to express what the end of drives means to me, but to be able to keep in touch with you is priceless. Thanks

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  32. Hey Tara; by now i guess you are in the wonderful beaches of Mozambique. you deserve a good rest and to clear your mind from what i am sure was hard on you as well as Marc and all of us. nothing that i can write will express my feelings, i mean everyone else said it so much better...i have a hole in my heart where you guys filled in until now. you will be so missed, but i do hope you will come back soon enough. what are the amounts involved and what it takes to bring it back. until you guys come back to us i want to thank you so deeply for what you have done for all of us that made us better people, appreciating nature and wild life, you guys did it in such a way that never seen before. NO ONE before you, Marc and Seb (for the short time he was presenting) managed to get into everyone's hearts the way you and Marc have. you guys are most special, way beyond the average guide / presenter. its not just the knowledge, but the Magic that came along with it. it was not just a Job for you guys - it was a way of life that you love so much and we could all see and feel that.- tho you tried to put on a brave face for us, we could see how painful and heart breaking it was for you and Marc. you melted my heart as well as everyone else. i know you will do well with your talent, i"m sure you will have a bright future, with or without the LIVE drives, but i promise you that we will not be well without you guys. nothing and no one else can fill in the huge gap. if you had time to read a small part of the posts on Face book, you sure understand how we all value and cherish you guys. it has been the most joyful ride for just over 2 years now and you will always live in my heart. have a Merry Xmas with your family and harry back to us, so we can pick up from where you left. the WE family will do what ever it takes to bring you guys back. what must we do to make it happen? with all my love...Ofira, Israel.

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  33. Really miss spending time with You, Marc, Seb and the wild life everyday. I'm still going through withdrawal with no relief in site.

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  34. Miss the giggles and the dung quiz ! You will excel at whatever path you take in the future. I'll be following your adventures.

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  35. Miss everyone and everything. I hope we do get to hear from you, and where your new path leads. You are one awesome chic-let! Don't forget us!

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