July

Greetings from Nkoamansa, Tanzania.

It has been a tough couple of months, the wet season was truncated but was pretty miserable, wet and cold. The ground is already dry and it looks like a lean year for water.

June/July turned very cold in the night and morning exacerbated by the high altitude and cloud preventing the sun from appearing, quite often all day. If you wanted to get warm down to the plains we would go. Difficult to comprehend we are just over three degrees south of the equator.

Life became a bit more manageable and exciting a couple of weeks ago with a friend renting their car to me for 3 months. The other Friday was a national government holiday so after lunch we thought, let's go for a drive, some hours later we arrived in Karatu (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karatu_District), not as tourists but the brother of a friend lives there.

Most of this blog will be told through images, I will endeavour to fill in as much detail as I can.

There are stones, so enjoy bargaining with the Maasai in Arusha, baboons, blossoms, mountains, washing, examples of learning traditional beading and anything else I may have missed like moving house in a public bus and how mechanics organise to repair ones car, There is some new work from the studio and Lake Manyara. I have a rather large collection of kitenge, kanga, java and shuka fabric, one of the images is a stall where I purchased more, the colours are intoxicating.

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Comments: 3
  • #1

    Chris T (Wednesday, 19 July 2017 01:22)

    Love those pics Chris, you're spoiled for choice when it comes to the nature photography! The gemstones are stunning and the pieces of jewellery look beautiful on dark skin. Great to hear that you now have some wheels, must be a nice feeling after being reliant on busses and other people.
    Middle of winter here, not cold as it could be tho'....in fact, Bryan, myself and the 2 dogs were wading around in the creek yesterday, out near the dam, it was perfect, not another soul to be seen.
    Great to hear from you and share more of your Tanzanian experience. Take care & keep smiling.

  • #2

    Bernice (Wednesday, 19 July 2017 05:57)

    There are some stunning images there Chris and beautiful jewellery. It must be so interesting to work in such a different environment. Enjoy the freedom of having a vehicle and being able to go a bit further afield! Love and blessings

  • #3

    Judith Sperling (Sunday, 23 July 2017 03:05)

    It is wonderful to be able to see what you are doing - and being able to send every good wish from us.
    Judith and Owen.

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