This post is scheduled for 9pm UK time which is coincident with the start of the New Year in Tanzania. 2017 is not a year I want to remember in so many ways and yet it will be hard to forget it too. It ended much the same way as it was spent i.e. in … Continue reading What a Year!
A contribution to this week's photo challenge on the theme of Waiting In Africa you learn to wait. Whether its food at a restaurant where you might wait at least an hour after you order (the longest was three hours!) or as in this case waiting in traffic in one of the large cities. These … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Waiting (in Africa)
Having been overseas for three years and having no intention of returning to Britain, it has been quite a shock to the system to be back here. Now, as we adjust to the reality, we are in the process of rebuilding our UK lives. Anita has secured her old job in Milton Keynes (in fact … Continue reading Rebuilding
A submission to this week's photo challenge: Unusual Jakobsen's Beach near Kigoma, Tanzania, lies on the shores of Lake Tangyanika near to the location where Stanley net Livingstone. However, it is particularly unusual for its mini herd of four zebra that wander the forest in and amongst the guest houses. There is no nearby safari park … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual Zebra
As my link to Africa comes to an end for now. So I thought I'd share an Africa playlist - different to the others as it contains not only songs which contain the word Africa but also some of the songs which were popular while we were out there - played in the bars and … Continue reading Africa Playlist
It's just about a week now until the family leave Mwanza. I'm looking forward to seeing them back in the UK - it's over three months since I bid my wife and daughter farewell on that twilit Kenyan Easter Monday Morning. Yet at the same time as I am excited to see them - there … Continue reading Umbilical
Recently in Mwanza a group of expats and Tanzanian nationals have started up a group called Mwanza Storytellers. The aim is to allow people to share their stories on a chosen theme. So approximately once a month they have gathered at the Yacht Club. Anita was asked to talk at the most recent (and her … Continue reading Change
The Bridges at Victoria Falls on the Zambia / Zimbabwe Border.
As life changes for me this post reflects on the places I have visited and the memories we have I made.
Today is the first day of the Summer Holidays for all my colleagues at Isamilo International School. Yesterday they gathered to say their goodbyes and to pack up their rooms for the summer. The traditional leaving gifts were presented (a dressing gown made from local kitengi cloth). Throughout the week leaving parties have been had … Continue reading Term End
From Europe, Asia and Africa. from rickety wooden planks, wobbly wired rope ladders, medieaval constructions to modern day. My contribution to this weeks weekly photo challenge:Bridge
The practice of overbooking flights and the consequences for those affected i.e. us
A post about the place I lived for almost three years on the day my son flies out to visit.
For the first time in living memory I am a Father alone on Father's Day. I know it's a commercial thing (unlike Mothering Sunday) but even so it has amplified the absence of family. My own Father died in 2006 of Motor Nueron Disease a rapidly developing disease which took him from an active man … Continue reading A Strange Father’s Day
A submission to this week's photo challenge : Focus. Taking photos of the night sky is difficult - my Canon EOS 70D needed a lot of tweaking to get something and in truth my inexperience got less than focused shots of the sky on that occasion. It was however, too good an opportunity to miss … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus (Venus, Mars and a later Moon)