Monkey Business and Pond Building Plans by Maretha Botha – Part 1

Grandpa, Grandma, Kate and Josh immediately make plans to build a pond, because “We can’t afford to give the wild birds and the honey badger all our water melons.” So, the very next day, he and Josh go to the hardware store to buy everything they need for such an undertaking.

They order sand, stones, a thick black plastic liner and lots more.

Monkey Business and Pond Building Plans by Maretha Botha
A beautiful water feature

“It’s a pity that I can’t buy a readymade pond for the lodge, but we’re getting help this weekend and, with a little bit of luck, the birds will have a pond by next week,’ Grandpa says, ‘I’m sure it’ll be a piece of cake,’ he’s so assured of success, that he nods a few times, slapping his hat against his knee.

Meanwhile Grandma and Kate go to the local nursery and after much looking and talking, get the water plants they need to put in the water, as well as some reeds for the edge.

Monkey Business and Pond Building Plans by Maretha Botha
Vervet monkeys chattering

Back at the lodge, the jittery monkeys are wondering where everybody is.

And of course, as we know by now, it doesn’t take them long to get into “monkey business” and this time it’s real “monkey business”! Child Monkey is the first to gibber as usual and he chatters loudly.

Monkey Business and Pond Building Plans by Maretha Botha
Delicious Honey!

‘Mom, I want some honey too! Why does the cook only put some honeycombs out for Honey Badger? He’s such a “guts” and I also want some!’

‘Child Monkey, you’re disturbing me. Stay in your tree and stay away from the lodge kitchen,’ Wisdom, the spotted eagle-owl hoots. ‘Children should be seen, not heard; besides, you’re disturbing my owl nap!’

Monkey Business and Pond Building Plans by Maretha Botha
Wisdom the Spotted Eagle Owl

By noon, all the birds are drooping their wings and swooning in the heat, even the monkey troop has gone quiet and Wisdom is fast asleep. That is, everyone is resting except Child Monkey, who moves slowly along the top of the grapevine pergola.

The Martial Eagles Are Nesting by Maretha Botha
Baby Vervet Monkey

Looking left and right, and left again before dashing on to the kitchen stable door, he rummages everywhere inside the kitchen, but he cannot find a single piece of honeycomb. Then he sees another entrance.

Find out what Child Monkey gets up to next – click here!

About Maretha Botha

Stories from South Africa by Maretha Botha
Maretha Botha

Author, illustrator Maretha Botha admits to being addicted to black coffee and chocolate. She and her family loves the outdoors and hike on the moors whenever possible. Gardening and bird watching are favourite past-times. She has written and illustrated a series of children’s books for young readers 9-13 years, called “Fauna Park Tales” (See Below).

Books 1-4 are available in Kindle as well as black and white illustrated paperbacks, approximately 20,000 words each, and make excellent middle-grade chapter books.

Amazon AUTHOR PAGE – Maretha Botha 

African Adventure Books:

Book 1 – Flame and Hope: An African Adventure

Book 2 – Friends: An African Adventure

Book 3 – The Orphans’ Plight: An African Adventure

Book 4 – Trails and Trials: An African Adventure 

Meet Maretha Online:

Fauna Park Tales Blog

Maretha’s Blog: A Reflection of a Writer’s Journey

Fauna Park Tales Facebook Page

Maretha Botha Facebook Author Page


Trails and Trials: An African Adventure – Fauna Park Tales (Kindle Edition)

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Monkey Business and Pond Building Plans by Maretha Botha – Part 1
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