Saturday, November 23, 2013

Shopping with Evaline

Today I went shopping with Evaline (she is one of my work colleagues).
We went into the area of town around the bus stand.

 a shop where we stopped to look at a variety of Swahili fabrics

We went in search of soft, cotton Maasai fabric (below), and Evaline did some bargaining for me. She is from the Maasai tribe herself.
I wish I had taken some photos inside the shop we bought from. It was small but packed with fabrics of blues, reds and purples. It was also stocked with seed beads of all colours. As we stood in the shop looking around there were Maasai buying too, all in their full garb.

After we had finished our fabric shopping we walked through the bus stand, constantly getting shouted at to board a bus to Babati... Tabora... Mwanza...

Evaline found a couple of nail fundis between the buses for us to have our toenails painted.

 mamas in the background brewing chai

 sitting under a tree at the salon

Scenes from the school house for the past few weeks

we are swimming once a week at a local lodge now that the weather has warmed up


 Oliver with Tahlia

 decorating the Christmas tree

learning through kimamamamaa - Swahili for play acting everyday situations

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Flamboyant tree

We have just gone through a bit over a month of wonderful jacaranda blooms. The streets awash with purple-blue flowers.
This month the tree of note is the flamboyant tree. Flowers ranging from oranges to reds. It is stunning.

Delonix regia is a species of flowering plant in the family Fabaceae, subfamily Caesalpinioideae. It is noted for its fern-like leaves and flamboyant display of flowers. In many tropical parts of the world it is grown as an ornamental tree and in English it is given the name Royal Poinciana or Flamboyant. It is also one of several trees known as Flame tree. (Wikipedia)

The Kew Gardens web site describes the uses of the flamboyant tree as follows:

Delonix regia is widely planted in the tropics and subtropics as an ornamental tree in streets and parks. It is fast-growing and develops an umbrella-shaped crown, making it a valuable shade tree. The wood is of little value, although it is durable and resistant to water, and has been used for making fence posts. The seeds of D. regia are sometimes used as beads, and there has been some research on the use of the gum obtained from the dried seeds as a binder in the manufacture of tablets, such as paracetamol.


Yesterday we went to ISM, Arusha Campus, for an inter-school athletics carnival.
Maddie was competing in the high jump again.

Braeburn did very well in the relay events.

 Kara running in her relay event

 Braeburn were the overall winners of the carnival

Maddie with her first place medal

After the carnival we headed over to TGT for the annual Christmas Fair, and spent a lovely afternoon shopping and sitting with the Boyes enjoying the evening sunshine (although I am rather sun burnt today).

 Lauren & Kara with fancy cupcakes

 Matilda, Micah & Oliver

the boys were very pleased as they found a fireworks stall and bought a stash of 'throw-downs' and mini rockets

Lauren, Kara & Anna

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Early morning walk with Katie #2

This morning we walked from our house and then down along the Arusha/Nairobi road towards Ngaramtoni.

 Mt Meru from just outside our gate - hard to see here but there has been snow on the peak this week

 Valentine Grocery, specialising in all sorts of beer

 two rather large turkeys wandering around in there

 local bricks

 mobile shop, not yet open

 heading back to our street corner

 early morning daladalas on our street corner

 women cooking vitumbu - a bit blurry as it was taken quickly in secret

two dogs who we have watched out for ever since moving to Kwa Iddi - always pleased to see they are still alive

Happy 11th birthday Oliver

Mum - in this photo he is amused at the leopard print pyjama bottoms

Monday, November 11, 2013

Early morning walk with Katie

Some photos I took on my phone as Katie and I walked early this morning, before the road became busy with pedestrians.

Heading from near our Kwa Iddi turn-off, back towards Katie's place at Fortes.

 shops with the ubiquitous signs - Vodacom, Airtel, Tigo etc.

metal gates workshop - also everywhere

 the Sakina Campsite - a landmark when driving down the Arusha/Nairobi road

 a morning cup of tea anyone?

 my favourite bougainvillea hedge - so prolific I have discovered as there are livestock kept behind it providing it with constant manure

harsh sunlight walking up the hill

annoyingly bad sign

 brightly coloured shops

looking back down the hill 

 the Twitter Pub

 almost back at Katie's place

the Sweety Pub