The Gambia
Farakunku Newsletter May 2011
We have just now said goodbye to our last booked guests of the season and, apart from any late arrivals, that is it until mid November!
It has been a great 6 months …busy, and very satisfying that so many guests have enjoyed their stay. We thank everyone who also took the time to write a review on www.tripadvisor.co.uk when they returned home.
Please note that we now have a photo-blog on our site so if you have any great photos…especially of the birds you saw here, please send them as attachments to our  Web administrator.
They will be displayed with a copyright watermark and credited to you if you wish to have your name on each.
We are making good a few things before we depart for the UK during the rainy season here. The two bantabas in the gardens have been re-thatched, an additional shelter has been built over the solar battery store, linen hampers have been repaired, new staff uniforms have been made, and some more trees have been planted around our perimeter.
The second car (a Nissan patrol 4x4 7-seater) has already proved very useful so we will be using that much more next season. The mangoes in the garden are fruiting for the first time since planting so we hope to enjoy them before we go. Heather has been making plenty more marmalade, jam and chutney preserves ready for guests next time.
The best news is that Moses has finally and successfully given up smoking!!! He visited a witch doctor twice and it has worked! Hurrah.
We are planning a staff party at the end of May before we officially close and then all the lodge and restaurant contents will be stripped, cleaned and packed away. We are already taking bookings for next season so we do hope you may be amongst them! Have a great summer….maybe we’ll see some of you at the Rutland Water Bird Fair in August! 
Heather and Moses.