Sunday, June 30, 2013

Knife throwing... Oliver was so pleased

During lunch today Oliver sought me out excitedly: Quick come and see - Per is teaching us to throw a knife!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Scenes from the school house this week

some colouring and painting
A couple from Sydney, Michelle and Tony, came to visit and brought with them some lovely books for the school. Michelle spent some time teaching the children some new songs.
thanks for your support Tony & Michelle
reading work (Oliver)
We held our first presentation/awards day. The parents who were able to attend joined us for lunch.

We also went on an excursion to a farm.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Hortanzia Farm

Today we went on an excursion to Hortanzia Farm with the school children.
The farm is located in Usa River, outside of Arusha.
The farm used to grow roses for export, but these days finds chives and green beans more profitable.
The chives are grown in massive greenhouses.

The chives are cut every 28 days, and then are left to regrow.

The climate inside the greenhouses needs to be kept warm and humid.

15 tonnes of chives are exported to Europe each month - mainly to France.

3 tonnes of beans are harvested each week. These are also exported to Europe.

The chives are graded by hand. Each bundle needs to be 15cm in length, with no brown tips or white bases.

In the cold room the chives are stored in 1kg boxes ready for export.

Michael, the farm's manager explaining the process.
Any chives not coming up to standard are discarded and used as mulch for the coffee plants.

We tasted a coffee cherry for the first time (nothing special). The beans are the pale seeds inside the cherry that need to be roasted before they resemble anything drinkable.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Braeburn musical

We went to see Braeburn's musical, For Love, this week.
It was written and performed by the students, and was a lot of fun.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Thanks Sylvia & Ruth

Look what I bought with my birthday money!
In case you are wondering, it is a light fitting.
I have been admiring it since we first arrived in Arusha, and now own it. Yay! Thank you.

Yesterday at Shoprite

Yesterday Maddie was part of a group that danced at the Shoprite complex in Arusha.
The school in the orange and blue is Trust St Patrick, and all the other dancers are from Braeburn.

And ooops! I covered up the microphone on my phone at times so the sound isn't great.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

George Lilanga

This week at school we talked about the artist George Lilanga. He was from the Makonde tribe (known for their carvings), and is one of Tanzania's most internationally renowned artists.

"Art is natural to us Makonde people; it is an important work and a source of income. I have personally achieved many things in life through this work" George lilanga di Nyama 1934-2005


Scenes from the school house this week

cake for my birthday (thanks Stephanie)
show & tell with some of our younger members
We made some dough sculptures, cooked them, and then painted them.