George of Witney, the winner of the Arusha National Park competition.
You may remember that, in the posting after I went to Arusha National Park, I set up a competition for under 12s asking for reasons why I didn't see any lions or elephants whilst there. The deadline for the competition is today, and I'm pleased to say that there's a winner! George, who is 10 and lives in Witney, Oxfordshire, made some very interesting comments, as he said:
"I think the answer is you only see parts of the park from the track, and somewhere further in the park there are lots of trees. Elephants like eating trees... and like living near trees where there is food."
George also noted that lions are meat eaters, this means that there can't be very many of them in the park relative to the animals they eat. So if there aren't many of them in the park, there aren't many to see.
So well done, George! The model lion you asked for is on its way, I hope you enjoy it. And do keep following my blog in 2013, I trust you saw the giant tortoises in the entry yesterday.
31st December is significant for another reason, it marks the end of reading the Bible through in a year. Have to say that the convenience of the Kindle considerably helped in maintaining this discipline across three continents. Good to have an overview, but would love an answer to the following question, albeit that there's no model lion being offered. Why does the book of Job need 42 chapters? Couldn't the message be conveyed perfectly adequately in about 7? I'm sure I'm missing something here, but what?
The sense of achievement here is mixed with a sense of loss for the structure that the readings laid out clearly represented. Of course, I could go back to the beginning again, but am left feeling that I need to understand the Old Testament prophets better, so am starting at 1 Kings with a study Bible with a view, interspersed with readings from the New Testament, to going through the latter parts of the history books and then onto the prophets themselves. Do please ask me from time to time for an update as to how I'm getting on!
So, that's it for 2012. Since I started the blog at the beginning of February there have been 4 362 visitors looking at a total of 9 077 pages. Since the only advertising I do is word of mouth, and there have been long periods of silence in the year, I find these numbers quite staggering really, and am very grateful to you for your interest. My very best wishes for an enjoyable celebration of the new year and a wonderful year ahead - and do come back as I start to blog in 2013!