Anyway, ‘spot the snake’ is a game we play, and this was just a smallish one, around three or four feet. Fanny ‘Attenborough’ spotted it hurrying across the trail and by the time I arrived on the scene, it was basking on a tree. She reckoned it was a female, waiting for a male. I don’t know. But it was a beautiful and unusually dark irridescent blue in some lights.
There’s a been a bit of unseasonal rain recently, and that has brought a few snakes up to the surface from their boggy holes. A couple of bird-eaters have been seen around the hotel, and stomping down the hill in a seething temper because of heavy bags, slippery shoes and a dithering issue that delayed my departure from the office until the moment the skies opened, I kicked out at a brown snake in my path. I have no idea what got into me, and I didn’t have a serious chance of making contact, but all the same. According to different people I’ve spoken to, it was either deadly or harmless.