While we’re packing for a camping trip to Mkhuze the vervets sneak into the kitchen and grab the fresh peanuts. The peanuts grown by Thulisiwe just north of Jozini on the Makathini Flats, which she then roasts over an open fire and salts herself. Tobias brings us some whenever he goes home.
Tom spots them on the roof, spilling the nuts as they chomp them, the spilt ones rolling down the tiles into the gutter.
Hey! he shouts and remonstrates and fulminates! Tom and the monkeys, not a good relationship despite all my lectures (because of??).
After a while I tell him Relax m’boy, its OK for them to have them. We left them in the open, their job is to glean and gather, so that’s that.
But he doesn’t like it, and he doesn’t like them.
I think its because he’s a bit scared of them, so I ask him: TomTom, how big do you think the monkeys are, fella? How much do they weigh?
About 90kg, he guesses.
Guess again. First, how much do you weigh?
And the monkeys?