Saturday, April 29, 2006
This complex is behind our church, across a field with a few large puddles (during rainy season).
If you look closely, you can see that the climate is very favorable to drying clothes on a clothesline.
Friday, April 28, 2006
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Yesterday, the Kenyan Parliament voted themselves a pay raise: they now will receive about $5,000 a month in mileage allowance!
This bill made a "secret" passage through the halls of law-making. I'm not sure how it was so secret - if it appeared on the front page of Kenya's largest newspaper. (Perhaps "secret" referred to it not being made known till after it became law.)
Pray for Kenya. And the country you're in.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
The scenes are another one of those throwbacks to Kenya's English colonial days. (Today, however, I'd guess that enough Kenyans have taken up the sport that a polo match may have few old Englishmen taking part. I wouldn't know, since I have not been to a polo match, here, in England or in the States.)
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Outside the restaurant is a double-decker bus that was shipped from London. It was last driven there in 1992. I'm not sure if it was ever driven in Kenya. But as you can see (through the rough repainting job), it did indeed take many a passenger through the streets of London.
The surreal magenta color is not the same color you'd see in London. I guess the re-painters couldn't find that shade in Nairobi.
Monday, April 24, 2006
Sunday, April 23, 2006
It is hard to believe that such a place is in Africa. Heather and I felt like we were back in Colorado.
By the way, Mt. Kilimanjaro is significantly higher, but it is much more of a single peak compared to Mt. Kenya's multiple peaks. (Yes, I can hear the technical people out there object that Mt. Kili has Mawenzi Peak, a separate peak than the famous Mt. Fuji-like volcanic dome.) And Mt. Kenya looks much more like the Alps or the Rockies.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
This was a huge miracle and answer to prayer.
So I got it back today. Some kind American missionary friends delivered it from where it was found in Tanzania.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
We saw a gigantic bamboo grove where the stalks (trunks?) were about 10-14" in diameter. The grove was about 60 feet high. The cover was so dense overhead that my camera's flash had to kick in, even though it was in the middle of the day.
Jay's shield is one of the peelings of the "bark."
Monday, April 17, 2006
We originally began thinking we'd just do water collection (from rainwater coming off a roof) and storage. That was a very weak solution to the need for water. Then Heather learned of a drilling method whereby expensive drilling equipment didn't have to be rented. It uses all human power. (I was one of the humans, for a short time.)
A tripod is the pivot point for a rope that goes down into the hole. At the end of the rope is a heavy bit that drills through rock or whatever, using gravity. After a significant amount of soil or rock is loosened, a bailer is put down the hole to pull up the muck.
The team has been making about 10-20 feet of progress a day.
If you're interesting in giving to the project, here's the link. (Thanks!) Currently there are enough funds to pay the salaries but not pay for the actual pump. Again, the fresh water will benefit the widows and orphans of that area. (Those are people who lost family members to AIDS.)
You may be wondering, didn't we count the costs before we began the project? The answer is how the project changed from just water collection into digging a real well.
p.s. If you look in the left-middle of this photo, you can see a grass-roof hut. There are still some traditional homes in the area. (Grass roofs are actually cooler during the hot months. Also they are quieter during rainstorms.)
p.s.s. The photos don't work with the text very well. I'm too lazy to play around with this post to get it right. But you get the idea.
Sunday, April 16, 2006
We stayed near Limuru, about an hour from Nairobi. It's in the middle of rolling hills covered with tea and coffee plants. In the photo, the tea plants are the lighter green color. (They are also in the foreground.) We went for a family hike among the tea bushes. It was very soothing to get away from the hustle and bustle. Our walk was just what the doctor ordered.
Limuru provides ideal conditions for both tea and coffee growing. It's warm enough for no freezes and yet high enough altitude (cool) so that both plants grow slowly. Thus the tea leaves and coffee beans are infused with rich flavor.
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Taste? Pretty bad. It was flat. Maybe it moves so slowly off the shelves that the fizz left a year or so ago.
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
This one is really close to my office. As I was taking the photo, the male shop keeper wanted to be portrayed at work. He does shoe shining too. I'll have to give him a try someday.
Sometimes when I take a picture I "pay" the subject(s) by giving them a print of the photo. In this case, the next day when I came back to deliver the print, the lady was the only one tending shop. She was delighted when I gave her the print!
Heather wanted you to know that she buys shoes from a similar shop.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
This little picture from an African Colgate package reminded me of that game. (The model's mouth is upside-down.)
To give credit where credit's due, the mouth was oriented correctly on the package. And my apologies for the lack of focus; it was a quick shot where I didn't take the needed time to make sure it was in correct focus.
Monday, April 10, 2006
Today I went to one of the major shopping centers in Nairobi to post an ad on their ad board - the closest you can get to eBay here.
So I'm trying to sell my beloved PowerBook. Like the rest of Mac laptop people, I want to replace it with an IntelBook. I took the ad to the mall office. They told me that my ad might present a conflict of interest with the mall's computer shop. They requested that I get an official stamp from the computer seller to say it was OK with them for me to run the ad. I went to that shop. They said it was OK but that I needed to go to the head office of the computer shop, which was on a different floor. After waiting 10 minutes for the right person at the office to say it was OK, I then took the officially-approved ad to the mall office, paid my money and was on my way.
The fact that I was frustrated by all those steps indicates that I am not yet at the point of total serenity in Kenya.
Sunday, April 09, 2006
There's not many familiar "western" forms of leisure in Tanga. The yacht club offers decent meals and a very tiny beach.
And yes, the commodores (club directors) go back to 1941.
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Don't worry, I'm almost done with my Tanzania posts.
By the way, for those of you who were concerned, Nairobi has been getting a lot of rain within the last week. It's starting to look as green as Tanganyika.
For my money (that I don't have, that is), $300 buys a lot of double mochachino extra latte supremes.
If you're willing to get a refurb, the difference narrows to $200 (between the two refurb models). But that's still too much, in my book.
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
As Mike was taking us to several rural locations to see wells, we stopped for lunch in one village. We all ate rice with cooked tomatoes and small fish on the side. (You bite off the heads & tails and eat what's left.) The photo here is the restaurant's proprietor next to the menu. He asked me if I could fly him to Europe, through an interpreter. I told him that I'd fly there myself, if I could afford it.
Here's one of the successful wells... a beautiful sight. Again, if you wish to give a US-tax-deductible gift to the project (bringing fresh water to AIDS widows and orphans in rural Kenya), here is the link.
Monday, April 03, 2006
In Nairobi, motorcycle delivery is vital for so many things, as the traffic is extremely slow moving. (Motorcycles can zip between traffic and arrive in 1/4 the time.)
We enjoyed lunch at the Arusha Steers on the journey down and back. In Nairobi, my picky kids don't like their burgers, so it's not a regular option for us.
Sunday, April 02, 2006
I was in too much of a hurry to return to Nairobi to stop and even see if there was a sign describing the sculptures. And if there was, it would have been in Swahili, and my companions were off on their own, exploring, so I couldn't have asked them for a translation.
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