Monday, June 27, 2011

Another quiet weekend in Kimwarer, Keirio Valley

On Friday morning Grant brought the carpenters to discuss fitting our screen doors. The cats were sleeping on the dining chairs and as they heard the booming male voices, the made for the interior of the house! A few minutes later I found them sleeping on their beds in respective guest rooms!

Pudding asleep and far away from the noise

In the next guest room, I found Shadow burrowed under the duvet. That is a cat under there.You can take my word for it. (these photos are fuzzy as I took them through the mosquito netting)

I'm not coming out until they leave, mum!

BTW, the carpenters left after checking what they need and said they'd be back. They didn't return on Friday, but that's Africa time for you...

While I sat at my desk a while later, I heard someone knocking just outside the window. I looked up and there, in the frangipani tree next to the house, was a woodpecker!
The Nubian Woodpecker
The Nubian Woodpecker male has a red moustachial stripe; while the female has a white-spotted black crown with a small red patch on the nape. This bird pecked at different branches for a while, then flew off

On Saturday I dowloaded my e-newsletter from Weigh-less Health and Wellness Club. This missal always arrives on Friday evening to provide motivation, tips and recipes to keep you on track for the weekend and the week ahead!  This week it featured a tasty soup which I quickly made for lunch. Roasted tomato soup (Recipe at end of post)
Roasted Tomato Soup served with freshly-baked homemade bread

Roasted Tomato Soup - Weigh-less

100g onion
20ml olive oil
1 garlic clove, crushed
900g tomatoes
100g red sweet pepper
200g carrots
600ml vegetable or chicken stock

Peel and chop carrots.
Chop tomatoes, onions, peppers into chunks
Add garlic and oil, toss
Place all in casserole
Season with salt and pepper
Roast in oven at 200C for 40 minutes
Remove from heat, scrape vegetables from bottom of casserole to loosen
Pour over the boiling stock
Spoon into blender and blend until smooth
Serve with crusty homemade bread

On Sunday we went out birding and spent another rewarding three hours prowling around the African bush enjoying the birds and nature.

Another peaceful weekend in the valley.


  1. So the kitties are shy.

    Soup looks delish. I recently ate some tomato bisque with crumbled blue cheese in it that put it over the top. Yet I'm lazy at home and just open a can.

  2. Love the photos of the cats. That soup sounds delicious. Diane

  3. They are adorable! All snuggled up underneath the bed sheets, lol!

  4. The kitties are so cute. The soup looks scrumptious.
    Can you imagine that screen doors don't exist in France? Crazy huh? You have to have screening fit into a frame (custom) if you want screens on doors or windows.

  5. Hi Jo, the dish of veggies looks appetizing on their own!I will have to try this when we have our own tomatoes as it looks delicious.When will they invent3D computers so we can smell as well as see?!

  6. Like the little hill in your bed named Shadow, lol ! I have never seen such a woodpecker, it is really very special ! Your roasted tomatoes look delicious, I would eat them like that, I am not very soup !
    I made my first post about Istanbul for "My World" I really felt in love with this city ! Domi too !

  7. Mmmm, yum--That sounds so delicious and healthy, Jo. You are always busy doing productive things!

  8. Oh My Goodness! Love that soup and the home-baked bread! What a delightful looking dish.


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