Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas Eve 2014 in the bush

Last night we had the Mzungu expats over at our house for sun downers and snacks. As you all know, Steve's wife, Carolyn is visiting from the UK . Grant  invited Philemon, from a nearby mine run by our company to join us for all the  Christmas celebrations. He also invited Riaan, from the client camp to join us for the evening.  
From left: Steve, Carolyn, Philemon, Poena, Riaan, Grant and moi
Nando  - very relaxed dog these days - lay nearby
Princess, living up to her name, looks very regal

Later we walked over to the Guest House to join the other expats - who were having a BBQ.  The staff had decorated the Lapa in fine festive style.  Grant and Steve had bought a karaoke system and Poena was manning the disco.
Chef Paul and his staff made the Lapa look very beautiful
The Lapa decked out in festivities, will serve as the men's lunch venue today. they requested Indian fare which our friend, Minaz is sending from Shinyaanga later today. We others will join the client around the pool for traditional Christmas fare
Jo and Carolyn
Poena's music made the feet itch! 

 Grant and Steve entertained the crowds !

This morning I've been up since 3am. Askari Zechariah and I went over the Guest House, he removed the 10kg turkey from the fridge and placed it in the oven for me. I'm back home now with the gammon sizzling away in my small oven. Soon I'll wake Grant and together we'll make the trifle. At around 10 Carolyn and Steve are coming over here; Carolyn will make up a cheeseboard for pre-lunch snacks at the pool. Louise and Jo-Anne have prepared roast lamb and chicken (many South Africans don't eat turkey and ham!) a potato dish, several  salads and a baked pudding. 

Meanwhile, all that remains is for me to wish you all a wonderful day with family and friends.



  1. Sounds like you are living it up in the bush at christmas. Have a great day.

  2. Hi Jo Well I see Grant and Steve are good 'movers'. You certainly are all ready for a feast. Sounds lovely. The dogs are very relaxed. My family are still in bed however I see Santa has come so I am sure it will not be long before the noise and excitement start. Have a wonderful day in East Africa. My thoughts are with your both.

  3. Everything sounds wonderful Jo! Princess does look very regal. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  4. I enjoyed all your party and especially the song and everyone looks like they are having a blast.

  5. nando and princess look very happy. enjoy your christmas, jo!

  6. That looks like you all had a ball.Love the courage of those 'boys' entertaining the crowd.
    Thank you so much for your sweet card Jo. Lazy me has not yet managed to find a decent one for you.
    We had a lovely Christmas with just the family on the farm and the grandchildren's partners. Everyone was happy and contented and we all adored the puppy.

  7. Enjoy all of your celebrations and happiness to arrive for the new year 2015 too!

  8. Hi Jo, I don't know how I missed this one.I guess it was because I was out of town visiting mom and wasn't surfing the internet or reading blogs for a few days. I just wanted to say how nice it was to see Grant cut loose and having fun. That is something we don't get a chance to see too often. I'm glad you had a nice time. Also, it was great to see the photo of you and Grant having a dance. I'd love to be there to see it live. Big hugs. xx


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