Strange September

For years I have hated the first week of September- the return to work after the long summer break. The sudden imposition of schedules and meetings on what was free space. It always started with INSET days. Staff Training Days ahead of the pupils return. Necessary but for those who prefer to be at the [...]

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Term End

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 [...]

Weekly Photo Challenge: Coffee Friends

A submission to this week's photo challenge: Friend. Taken outside the Fish Market in Mwanza last November. We were on a walk around the lakeside peninsular with Fiona, a walking friend, when we came across these guys drinking Kahawa (coffee) - they invited us to join us in a brew and we enjoyed several steaming [...]

Twenty Two Years

Today is our twenty second wedding anniversary. We are spending it over 4000 miles apart. The toughest part for both of us has been the trans-continental split in the family. We have been apart for over almost six weeks and will be for almost two months more. The challenge of the Myeloma and its treatments [...]

Better by Far

As I am in the middle of my second bout of Chemotherapy it's time to reflect on where things are. I expected that the chemotherapy would be making me ill. You here scare stories of hair loss and sickness. Maybe that will come, though I am assured hair loss is unlikely with Valcade.  In truth [...]

Normalcy

This weekend has been a normal weekend in that it has been a weekend of doing normal things.  You might well wonder what is normal when you have spent much of the past three years, as I have in Tanzania? Actually not that different to the UK. it's been a normal weekend inasmuch as it [...]

Wrenched Away

The whirlwind which has blown through my life in the past month has taken its toll both physically as well as emotionally. The speed of the process has been the most devastating. Little did I think when I boarded  the overnight bus to Nairobi on the 2nd April I did not imagine that would be [...]