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A Bird a Day in June: Day 25 – Swamp Flycatcher

Day 25 of a series illustrating some of the fantastic birds we see here on Lake Victoria and across Tanzania. Many of these are seen in our garden – but this one is not but from close by.

A Bird a Day in June: Day 7 – African Paradise Flycatcher

Day 7 of a series illustrating some of the fantastic birds we see here on Lake Victoria and across Tanzania. Many of these are seen in our garden like this regular visitor. African Paradise Flycatcher Catch up on  other days Day … Continue reading

Serengeti Revisited: Big Cats

We returned last weekend from a fabulous three days in the Serengeti, including a great balloon trip. This is the first of a series of posts outlining the creatures we encountered staring with Big Cats Cheetah Having missed out on … Continue reading

Playing Cat and Mousebirds.

Pepper (our cat) likes to chase birds and likes to climb trees. The mousebirds are understandably perturbed by this but it’s a fruitless hunt for the cat who gives up on her prey.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Intricate Flowers

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Intricate.” Taken from photos from here in Africa and the UK. Flowers have the most intricate designs.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Intricate Carvings

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Intricate.” The intricate carving of the stone in this Mediaeval Church in Launceston Cornwall. Taken on our trip last May.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Intricate Nests

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Intricate.” Bird’s Nests are often an intricate patchwork of materials, whether it’s the nest of mud made by  a swallow…. ….. or the nest of grass made by a weaver bird. … Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Intricate

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Intricate.” Kampala is a congested city. The streets full of  minibus taxis and Boda Bodas (motorbikes). The taxi park here is so full of taxis that they form an intricate mesh … Continue reading

A Cat’s Tail

This morning there was a kitten up a tree at school. This was obviously a stray and very frightened. A work colleague expressed an interest in it (they have a cat already), but work prevailed. The day wore on and … Continue reading

Café, Curriculum, Catalysts and Computing

T Minus 44 So back to Legoland for a second day. This time I have the important but less glamorous task of manning the base, a role that basically involves sitting in the café at the entrance and waiting for … Continue reading

Purple Patches

All along our journey from Mwanza to the Usambara Mountains -the landscape remained arid and dusty; yellows and browns the predominant palette. However breaking up the colourscheme throughout, the Jacaranda trees providing eye catching purple patches across the plains, mountains … Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Edge (of Glass)

Why is glass green when viewed edge on? I wondered this today as I looked at the glass slats on the windows of our Tanzanian home.  Google is a great resource for such trivia. It seems the colour is a … Continue reading

Four Become Three

Today we leave the UK and return to Tanzania. We’ve spent a fabulous time in the UK for just about seven weeks. In that time we have travelled the length and breadth of England, visiting friends and relatives along the … Continue reading

Familiar Haunts: Whisby Nature Reserve

Our time in England has been a time of reminiscing, firstly back in MK and now in Lincoln. These two places where I lived for 38 years in total, so familiar. As well as visiting old friends it has been … Continue reading

My First Kingfisher

Throughout our time in Tanzania we have seen hundreds of kingfishers Pied Kingfishers, Grey- Headed Kingfishers, Malachite Kingfishers even a Giant Kingfisher.  However in Britain I have never seen a (Common) Kingfisher. For years I have looked along river banks … Continue reading

Slipping Right Back In?

I am not sure what I expected upon our return visit to the UK this summer but I’m pleasantly surprised that for me at least it is very much a case of picking up where I left off in 2014. … Continue reading

MK Bound

Today we arrived back in MK my home for 26 years prior to moving out to Mwanza. We are staying on a campsite to the north of the city.  A picturesque landscape of woodland and lakes near Olney. It’s the … Continue reading

Sahara

One positive of our delayed flight today was the chance to see the Sahara from above. This vast desert stretches from Sudan in the South to the Egyptian shores of the Mediterranean in the North, from the Red Sea in … Continue reading

Out of Africa

By the time this is published we will be Out of Africa on route to Europe, back to Britain. We return with anticipation and expectation and just a little trepidation. For the first time we will be in the UK … Continue reading

A Bird a Day in June: Day 14 -Spectacled Weaver

Day 14 of a series illustrating some of the fantastic birds we see here on Lake Victoria and across Tanzania. Many of these are seen in our garden like this regular visitor. Spectacled Weaver Other Weavers Catch up on  other … Continue reading