Note: this post is about 15 pages long but as an "old" blogger in more than one sense, with "old" blogger friends, I reckon those who want to read what I have to say, will do so.
Way back in the second half of the last decade, I came home from living in West Africa. I had with me our cat Mandu - the first of many times that I'd fly a cat across the Continent.
Once I'd resettled and involved myself daily working in my indigenous garden, I started to play around on the Internet in the evening. While in Guinea, I had learnt how to "surf" and join chat sites for my writing passion. I also accessed the Weigh Less site as I ran an image club for the very few women who lived on or visited the mine site.
Through the latter site, I met a young friend, Lynda who was living in Tanzania at the time. She started a blog and sent me the link. I read it and was hooked! With Lynda's help via e-mail, I started my blog and posted for the first time on 1 October 2008.
I don't have the time to go back and link up to posts that I did at the time. Except for this one. And this one. (do click on this second link - even I enjoyed reading it! LOL!)
For the first 23 days, Lynda was the only person commenting on my posts. Dear sweet girl. Another blogger "Hill upon Hill" from Oz also commented.
Through Lynda's blog, I started "meeting" other bloggers: Esther Garvi (Ishtar' s Ark). Esther, a beautiful young woman living in Niger, West Africa, died in a car crash in 2015. Lori (Skoog Farm Journal) Penny, (Snap That;) Peggy from Ireland; Gaelyn (Geogypsy) and Gattina (Writers Cramp.) Diane (Rhodesia)
When I first started to blog, I posted about gardening and also regularly posted recipes; always with a story attached.
In 2009, I moved back to live with Grant in Africa. Khartoum, Kenya and finally Tanzania. Many of you joined my blog while I was back on mine sites: Betsy (Joyful Reflections) Kay (An unfittie's guide ...) Janie from Utah.
And in more recent years, Eileen (Viewing Nature with Eileen) Diane (Adventure before Dementia) Author Mac Wheeler, William (Ottawa Daily Photo) , Bill (Somewhere in Ireland); Margaret (Birding for pleasure) Anni (I'd rather be birdin') .
So many of you and all so very welcome.
Thank you one and all, for visiting my blog and commenting.
My life changed oveer the years: I've wandered the streets of Omdurman wearing an abaya (kaftan like covering over my Western clothes) and habib (head covering). I had a tutor and learned basic Arabic.
Grant and I attended three (one double) weddings and were taken out to dinner (by the company's manager) on several occasions. Do please click on the links if you have time and read about these interesting cultural events.
The wedding invitation of one of the weddings probably cost more to print than our whole wedding forty years ago!
Off to a Sudanese wedding
Grant and I traveled into the Nubian desert almost every weekend. We rode camels, saw old temple ruins, visited pyramids and picnicked on samoosas and black coffee amongst the golden dunes. (many photo ops in the desert!)
Moi atop a camel in the Nubian desert
|The Kush Kingdom flourished for 900 hundred years from around 800 B.C. to 280 A.D. and held power over a vast area covering much of the Nile Delta and as far south as Khartoum. Meroe became very important as the Kingdom's center from around 300 B.C. to 280 A.D. Egyptian influence remained strong and Egyptian artisans were used to build the Meroe Pyramids to commemorate dead royalty. The dead were buried in chambers underneath the pyramids. (Source Internet)|
Riding through the desert in a 4 x 4 Toyota Landcruiser
During the year there, I crept through the lush African bush in the Great Rift Valley, Kenya
with my friend, Sue...
My dear friend, Sue with whom I birded and wandered through the bush almost dailyand across fields birding and taking photos.
A bird's eye view? (LOL!)
While in Kenya, I entered and won a competition for a recipe which I'd submitted to a magazine. It had a story attached, of course. The prize was dinner at "The Executive Chef's table" at the renowned Sarova Stanley Hotel in Nairobi. Even though it was a six-hour road trip, Grant and I attended, staying overnight afterwards at the company flat in the city.
Off to the Sarova Stanley Hotel for a chef's table dinner
I managed the company guest house which housed and fed 21
I joined the three other ladies at pottery every week, and ultimately became very involved in the school for endangered (Albino) children in Shinyanga town nearby. We made toys, trinkets and game boards for the children. We also baked cookies, made soup and popped popcorn which we'd take to the school and serve the children.
Below I'm doing a presentation on hygiene and health guidance at the school. (I was in the grip of a high malarial fever at the time!)
Omary translates my talk on hygiene while I stood by in a fevered daze!
Grant and I did lots and lots of birding in Tanzania. I posted regularly about the beautiful (and new) birds we saw. We also had social outings with other expats.
In February 2015 we returned to South Africa, ostensibly to "retire" .
During our 16 months at home, the dogs and I went walking every day.
Dear sweet Eddy shaking off after a swim in the dam
Skabenga still chest deep in the water
With Grant's health failing in the Free State, our son, John asked us to come and live on his small holding in the Drakensberg while the family was in Mozambique.
Once again, while Grant recuperated, the dogs and I established a regular walking routine on the property
When the children put the property on the market, Grant and I moved to a house in an estate a little further along in the valley.
At the same time, good friends, Steve and Estelle asked me to re-open Steve's art shop in the local shopping centre. Apart from selling Steve's eclectic art and Estelle 's popular souvenirs, I also have a natural multivitamin booster which I've been promoting in the shop and on Facebook. (one of the many positive results of taking this powder, are beautiful nails)
(I had fun playing with Lunapic when posting the photos below)
The rest is history...
Thank goodness for blogging; there are many things which I've almost forgotten but managed to find and relive again in the blog archives.
I'm linking to Our World Tuesday here
HAPPY TUESDAY TO YOU ALL !