Monthly Archives: August 2014

Mwanza Garden Chronicles : Birdlife

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Our garden has a large number of established trees as well as several bushes. Accordingly there are many birds all exotic which frequent the garden. Some I recognise, most I don’t – I must get a guidebook to East African birds!



Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue in Focus

I have struggled with this week’s photo challenge on Dialogue – but here is my submission

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Bougainvillea against Mango or Mango against Bougainvillea?

Dancing Rocks

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This afternoon we were taken on a walk to the dancing rocks. Mwanza is strewn with large boulders, some precariously (so it seems). The walk took a couple of hours and gave us great views of the rocks and Lake Victoria. If you are ever in the area this is a definite “must see”.



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Mwanza Garden Chronicles: Plants

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Our house has a large garden. There are a number of exotic plants which I don’t recognise (and a bougainvillea which I do). Compound (14).JPG

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There is also a great variety of bird life which I will chronicle another time.

Living the Ex-Patriate Life

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We left the UK a week ago. It’s amazing to think how much has happened this week. I have yet to start teaching but have had three days of induction and two INSET days.
We have discovered our new home town and enjoyed socialising with our fellow expats. We have enjoyed the view from the top of The Gold Crest Hotel (and the beers too!), we have admired the view from the Isamilo Lodge Hotel, we have relaxed by the lake at Tunza Lodge and watched the sun go down.
After a hard day at school, instead of the long drive home it was a short walk to the swimming pool for a refreshing dip.
IMG_8610.JPGToday we hired house workers these young women (there are two) are employed to clean the house, do the washing and ironing, wash up, boil milk (to pasteurise it), boil water (to sterilise it) and go to market on occasions (they can get a better price than we). All this sounds very colonial, but it provides good employment and spreads our relative wealth.
Anita has enrolled on a language school and will be improving her Kiswahili (she’s already good). The children are making friends and as we speak have gone off with a new friend to a local hotel for a meal and a bit of socialising.
School starts Monday, so maybe things will become more normal, but we’re definitely enjoying the expatriate life so far.



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Lake Victoria

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Today we had our first full INSET day so a full day in work. The usual round of meetings. Strangely I may be 3000 miles away across the globe, but many of the issues and discussions are very similar to those in the UK. The principal difference being the size of school.

Tonight we traveled to Lake Victoria – to Tunza Lodge where we had a meal and a drink watching the sun going down. The Lake is so large it seems to be a sea. It even had waves. It was a nice way to end the day.

Internet – Connected to the World

A blog from someone close to home


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So after forever (it seems) my family have purchased dongles in the city of Mwanza to be used in Tanzania. This will enable me to access social networks like I have done when I lived in the UK. However it will also enable me to start blogging which I have been interested in since my dad started his blog. The internet can also enable me to talk to family and friends which I have left in the UK. This is good because it allows me to not lose contact. So hopefully the internet will stay reliable so I can blog more. But until then, Bye.


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