Ambepitiya, Anderson Lodge, Ena de Silva, Horton Plains, JVP, Lucy Wood, Nihal Fernando, Raji Ratwatte, Rapp’s Lodge, Richard de Zoysa, Shanthi Wilson, Sheran Fernando, Suren Ratwatte, Wasgamuwa, Yala
The most unusual wild life trips were those to Horton Plains, where Anderson Lodge still provided log fires and a certain amount of hot water. I have strong recollections of a couple of trips, though there may have been more. One was with Nihal Fernando, and we actually saw a leopard darting across the Plains early one morning.
The other I remember for a radiant full moon, which kept bobbing up over the clouds when we had stayed out late one evening, and we saw sambhur silhouetted in the distance in its light. That I think was when we entertained Ambepitiya, who must have been quite bemused at the conversation, Shanthi being at her sophisticated best. I was reminded then of a glorious holiday we had had in Cornwall when I was at University, when we had decided to thank the lady in the cottage next door who had helped us find our feet.