Saturday, 3 July 2010

prizes, parties and picnics

The last few days have been busy and, mostly, lots of fun. On friday, while the Mancub and I ran music makers, Mr B took Kitty to Speech Day at the BIG school to collect her prize for highest achiever in her class. No pictures taken at the time as Kitty was clinging too tightly to him, but here is one back home with her prize book.

After a quick lunch, rest and change, the kids and I headed out to Usa for a 3-year old's birthday party. I don't think I've ever seen quite so many kids at a party for one quite so young, but they certainly had the space for it, and lots of fun was had by all.

I later discovered them both inside, mesmerised first by Wimbledon, and then the Brazil - Holland world cup game.

Today, on the spur of the moment, we invited ourselves over to the house of a friend so that he could show us a nice walk up a hill he'd told us about. A lovely walk, beautiful views both of Mount Meru and down below, warm sunshine, nice company, special birds and a hastily thrown together picnic, only partially marred by almost continual whinging from one small person.

A highlight for the adults was an excellent view of some Hartlaub's Turacos (blue, green, red and white large birds) and a colobus leaping about. The kids enjoyed the dust.

That bit about the Jesus's disciples shaking the dust off their sandals on leaving an unwelcoming village makes so much more sense now. We tried to take the Mancubs sandals and socks off carefully and still covered E's verandah with grot.

And tomorrow night promises an evening out for two, thanks to the lovely L who has offered to babysit. This country may have its frustrations, but there are some wonderful people here.

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