I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills. The Equator runs across these highlands, a hundred miles to the north, and the farm lay at an altitude of over six thousand feet. In the day-time you felt that you had got high up, near to the sun, but the early mornings and evenings were limpid and restful, and the nights were cold.These are the first sentences in the book Out of Africa by Karen Blixen (1885-1962), which I read many years ago, too young to really understand this incredible woman and her experiences in Africa. I intend to read it again this summer.
Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp and its surroundings. In her journal for the magazine she wrote: "Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp is like something out of a fairy tale. Totally in the wild. White tents, huge four-poster beds with draped white mosquito nets. All the furniture is like something from Out of Africa."
There it was again: Out of Africa. I thought to myself, why not make a different SUMMER LIVING | VIVE L'ÉTÉ where the theme is Africa, or the Masai Mara, safari style and, of course, Blixen?
And that's what I did.
How beautiful were the evenings of the Masai Reserve when after sunset we arrived at the river or the water-hole where we were to outspan, travelling in a long file. The plains with the thorn-trees on them were already quite dark, but the air was filled with clarity - and over our heads, to the west, a single star which was to grow big and radiant in the course of the night was now just visible, like a silver point in the sky of citrine topaz. The air was cold to the lungs, the long grass dripping wet, and the herbs on it gave out their spiced astringent scent. In a little while on all sides the cicadas would begin to sing. The grass was me, and the air, the distant invisible mountains were me, the tired oxen were me. I breathed with the slight night-wind in the thorn-trees.
from the chapter 'A War-Time Safari' in Karen Blixen's Out of Africa
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