When we were back in the U.K. in the summer we invested in a couple of hammocks. Costing just £11.99 from Amazon these have been amazing. Made of parachute material and complete with two carabiners and two pieces of rope they have been really easy to set up.
We have strung one from the rafters of our veranda.
It’s a great place to relax after work or at the weekend. For me it provides a new perspective on the garden.
This is very much my new favorite place.
The rains are imminent – in fact three storms have come and gone – nothing on the scale that is to come, but a sign things are changing.
Even so the ground remains parched and yellow, dusty and dry – the exception being the Bougainvillea which is in bloom at this time and throughout the dryest time of the year and provides a welcome splash of colour to the garden.
You probably have one of two reactions on seeing the title of this post – in fact I’m pretty certain some won’t even have got beyond the title and the featured image. Others will read this nervously, hopefully others will be genuinely interested without prejudice.
In the almost two years I have been here I have not yet seen a live snake in the wild. Indeed until this past month not even a dead one though sadly I have more recently.
At 7:30 am yesterday that all changed returning to the compound after an early morning drop off We found the guards agitated. They had found a poisonous snake in the watch mans shed – it had just digested a rat.
They were convinced it was poisonous and deadly and wanted to kill it. We were less convinced and wanting proof of it’s supposed deadliness I posters picture on the Facebook Group -East African Snakes and other Reptiles. I had a response within 10 minutes. It’s turns out not to be a black mamba, not venomous at all, harmless (unless you’re a rat) brown house snake.
This animal is a constrictor and very good pest controller. Even posting this faction Facebook did not assuage my snake fearing friends – “kill it”, “ew gross”, “yuk” and the like. I for one am glad that we forced the guards to let it slither away to keep the rat population down.
It’s been getting a bit dark in the house. Our compound garden has a number of trees, great for shade and bird life. However of late the foliage has overgrown in the El Niño rains and now block out so much light even in the day. So time for drastic action. Our ‘Askari’ guards were dispatched this morning to cut some branches and trim the bushes back.
Just hope the birds don’t mind too much.
A response to this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Abstract
Wind Chime Broken BrickworkHibiscus Flower
Lying on a blanket in the shade of the trees in our garden. It’s a hot afternoon and there’s no where better to be as I listen the multiple bird sounds and the gentle breeze blowing though the branches.
The first of a series on the colours of our garden.
The most prominent accent colour in garden is red. Whether it is in the flowers or in the birds (Black Headed Gonolek, Red Billed Firefinch or Red Chested Sunbird).
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