Monthly Archives: June 2015

Weekly Phto Challenge: Sun Bird Muse

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Muse.” Outside our bedroom window is an Abutilon Bush and throughout the day we see Sun Birds of different varieties feeding off of it. They are fascinating, fast flying and iridescent. We have seen three varieties  feeding namely Red-chested, Marico and Vayiable Sun Birds. They have become on of my garden muses.

Maricor Sunbird

Red- Chested Sunbird


Variable Sunbird

Variable Sunbird

Variable Sunbird


Variable Sunbird in flight

Variable Sunbird in flight



Marico Sun Bird

Marico Sun Bird

Variable Sunbird

Variable Sunbird

Papa’s Return

Papa’s is a restaurant, about an hour north east  of Mwanza. Run by expats it is part of an NGO which supports an orphanage (JBFC) and runs a school. There is also a farm from which much of the food at the restaurant is sourced. The restaurant itself is situated on the lake and idyllic. We visited once before with a colleague back in October. Now that we have a car, places like this are accessible and it was nice to take our first drive beyond the confines of Mwanza. We came to have a celebration meal for our son following his 17th birthday last week. The weather was gorgeous. Here are some pics of the location.

It’s A Fine Day

One of the best things about living here is that most of the time you wake up to a fine sunny morning. Not 100% of the time to be true, but outside of December and April (the rains) it has been the case most of the year. What is more the weather, rains or not, tends to be hot in the day.

Today we are off to Papas a restaurant on the lake about an hour North of Mwanza. We’ve been once before, back in October in our pre-car days. Then we had to rely on lifts, now we have wheels. This is a delayed birthday treat for my 17 yr old – but I digress!

I found myself earlier this week thinking “what if the weather isn’t good?” a legacy of my British upbringing.  I quickly corrected myself! As a NGO, who is returning soon to live in Canada,  stated yesterday  – it’s going to be strange having to check the weather forecast every morning to see what to wear. 

Here it is usually dry and sunny,  occasionslly (but predictably) wet, always warm. So today It’s a Fine Day.



Weekly Photo Challenge: Caldecotte Muse

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Muse.” When we lived in Milton Keynes I would often visit our local lake. Caldecotte was much smaller than Lake Victoria but was the scene of many photos. The local pup/restaurant/hotel was built in the shape of a windmill and could be seen from across the lake in many places. It appeared in many photos.

Weekly Photo Challenge : ROY G BIV (in Uganda)

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “ROY G. BIV.”

Our Easter trip to Uganda provided the full spectrum of colours as we travelled through the towns. The buildings were all brightly painted and in so doing became advertising hoardings for a variety of companies – you can see more here

In Jinja we came across multi-coloured buildings with a rainbow of shades


Weekly Photo Challenge : ROY G BIV (Birds in the Garden)

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “ROY G. BIV.” A follow up to my previous post on the Garden. I have narrowed the field to include only birds which have visited the garden in the past five days.

Most birds come in a multitude of colours so I have selected the main colour or at least one of the main colours. The African Paradise Flycatcher is a bit of a cheat as it’s head is blue/black which to my mind is close to Indigo.

The Green Winged Pytilla is almost ROY G BIV in itself


Murdered for the Colour of their Skin

Tonight we are watching a powerful film at school – entitled “In the Shadow of the Sun”. The story of the plight of being a person with albinism right here in Tanzania and locally here in Mwanza and Ukerewe. The guest speaker is one of the main protagonists in the film Josephat Torner. It’s a challenging watch in parts but worthy. This last week has been International Albinism Awareness Day. I wrote this blog piece earlier this year on the same theme.


Over six months I have made this blog a positive journal of our life and experiences here in Tanzania. This post is not one of them.

Tanzania is a lovely country in lots of ways, and the people are mainly friendly and good natured in my experience, but beneath the surface there is a darker side to a very small minority; real evil. It’s centre is this region of Tanzania where people are being murdered and dismembered because of the colour of their skin.

Their skin is white, but they are not Caucasian.

They are African but different to most Africans.

They suffer from Albinism, a genetic difference which means that a person  has no skin pigmentation or hair colour. It is a rare condition in Europe and North America, where 1 in 20000 people possess a degree of albinism. However in East Africa it is much more common with 1 in 1400…

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