ON SAFARI WITH MITTENS

In which John Lotkin of The Merman's Mark visits Kruger National Park 
with a tortoise named Mittens





Thursday, 4 February 2016














Comments: 


Norbert Bransby  4 February 2016 18:49
Are you sure you're going to be okay, with only a tortoise to keep you company?




Gill Ullrich  4 February 2016 18:50
Says the man who talks to his houseplants...



Norbert Bransby  4 February 2016 18:50
Plants are delicate, sensitive souls. We're talking a vicious reptile here.




John Lotkin 4 February 2016 18:51
I'll be okay, Norbert. If we get bored I downloaded a list of conversation starters to keep us going. Talk to you in the a-m. 





Friday, 5 February 2016

















































Comments: 


Natalie Jane 5 February 2016 06:03
Are you okay, Dad?




John Lotkin 5 February 2016 06:07
Yep. All is well. After we left that one, we ran into some calmer elephants by the water hole. Will put the photos in the next post. Love you. 



Natalie Jane  5 February 2016 06:07
Love you, too.






Friday, 6 February 2016































































Comments: 

Natalie Jane 6 February 2016 07:01
Uh Dad, where did you get those conversation starters?




John Lotkin 6 February 2016 07:04
From a psychology study on the internet. Why?



Natalie Jane 6 February 2016 07:04
Because I think you're doing the wrong set of questions.




John Lotkin 6 February 2016 07:05
?




Natalie Jane 6 February 2016 07:05
What exactly did Mittens do?




John Lotkin 6 February 2016 07:06
Well he bumped me with his shell a few times. Then he bit me. I think he really wanted to leave the crocodiles.


Natalie Jane 6 February 2016 07:07
I think Mittens was trying to mate with you.




John Lotkin 6 February 2016 07:07
What? Don't be silly. 



Natalie Jane 6 February 2016 07:09
I'm not. Tortoises become aggressive when they're ready to mate. He's exhibiting all the signs.




Natalie Jane 6 February 2016 07:10
Moreover, there are 2 sets of questions to that study you downloaded, 1 for generating small talk & 1 for developing interpersonal closeness.



Natalie Jane 6 February 2016 07:11
The questions for developing interpersonal closeness have been heralded as a way to make complete strangers fall in love, and it's been known to work.


Natalie Jane 6 February 2016 07:12
I think Mittens is smitten.




John Lotkin  6 February 2016 07:14
Nonsense. I'm sure he was just upset by the crocodiles. They were acting funny in the water. A ranger said they might have been mate... oh.


Natalie Jane  6 February 2016 07:14
Yeah.




John Lotkin 6 February 2016 07:14
: /



Natalie Jane 6 February 2016 07:15
You know your frogs at home are going to be very jealous when they hear you snagged a turtle.



John Lotkin 6 February 2016 07:17
Quiet, Nellie. This is serious. 



Natalie Jane 6 February 2016 07:17
What are you going to do?




John Lotkin 6 February 2016 07:18
Find him a mate, of course! Don't worry, Mittens, Lotkin the love-doctor is here to help! The quest for love knows no bounds!



Natalie Jane 6 February 2016 07:27
Clearly. lol






Sunday, 7 February 2016



Not to worry, Mittens, with the help of my new website you shall be lonely no longer! 

Ladies, come and get him. :)


-John 





Comments: 

Natalie Jane 7 February 2016 06:02
Go get em, Mittens!!




Norbert Bransby 7 February 2016 06:09
You can do it, Mitty! There are lots of turnips in the carrot patch! You just gotta pluck one. :)





Tuesday, 9 February 2016



Well I am pleased to announce after a rough go in Kruger and a little help from my website, Mittens has a row of dates lined up with these beauties.  


So far potentials include: 



This tortoise from Oudtshoorn




And these two turtles from East London



Hold thumbs one of these dates goes well! 

-John

Comments: 


Natalie Jane  9 February 2016 06:09
<3






Thursday, 11 February 2016




Inter-Blog Comments: 

Natalie Jane  11 February 2016 06:07
So I take it the dates didn't go well...



John Lotkin  11 February 2016 06:08
Disaster. Absolute disaster.



Natalie Jane  11 February 2016 06:08
All three of them?



John Lotkin  11 February 2016 06:09
Yep. Mittens is devastated. 


Natalie Jane  11 February 2016 06:09
What happened?




John Lotkin  11 February 2016 06:10
I don't want to talk about it. :(



Norbert Bransby 11 February 2016 06:13
That explosion kinda looks like a tree. Maybe the heartbreak will grow into something beautiful. :)




To those who have given up on love, 
I say trust life a little bit. 

-Maya Angelou






Sunday, 14 February 2016


Comments: 

John Lotkin  14 February 2016 08:26
Whoa!! This is news!!! Mittens you didn't even tell me!?! CONGRATULATIONS! 


Natalie Jane  14 February 2016 08:37
WOW!! Congrats, Mittens!!! Who's the lucky lady?




Mittens  14 February 2016 08:40





Norbert Bransby  14 February 2016 08:49
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
(She's a bit big for him though, isn't she? Like he went for a turnip and got a squash...)



Gill Ullrich 14 February 2016 08:50
Norbert, keep quiet. Don't spoil the moment.