A sincere thanks to all my EPZ friends, peers and 'wags', for your Comments (and Votes) for 'Lunch 63 - the penultimate series of The Black-shouldered Kite'. We saw one yesterday, in the local game park, but he was rather dejected looking, as rain drops dripped from his beak...! We had storms on Friday, which wiped out electric (it's okay, the apartments have a back-up generator) and the internet, which was not back in operation until yesterday, when we were out at the game park. An excuse was given, similar to 'leaves on the track'...!
The normally hard, compacted earth, 'Murram' roads, which usually give off clouds of dust, as one drives through the game park, were transformed into a slippery slalom, with water filled potholes, which were to be avoided - one never knows how deep they are and when unavoidable, provided a guessing game as to whether we would get out the other side..! We got stuck in one slippery mass of mud and it became necessary to get out of the car. Small bunches of vegetation were unearthed and wedged under the tyres. We pushed, in a rocking motion, back and forth, until the vehicle scrambled free. Looking at each other afterwards, we burst into laughter - we had been sprayed with mud from top-to-toe and had become true 'Kenyans', within a space of 10 minutes..!
I shall make a point of visiting your Lunch images, Barbara and Ali - and look forward to seeing them. My last upload, before I go off travelling, will be a week today, but thank you all who sent good wishes in advance. I shall very much miss you all, too. I see our EPZ Wordsmith Extraordinaire, Ed, was in his Friday afternoon overdrive mode. I was not surprised he was on EPZ at 3:53pm - I am sure he only goes to work to get his 'comments' completed... but it must have been raining, otherwise he would surely have had another 'extended' lunch-hour and either slid off to Slimbridge for the afternoon, or donned his camouflage gear and gone hiding in the bushes, one of his ferrets in each trouser leg, to get yet another voyeuristic shot to upload, of the WI lady in her bath...
Being 'Silly Sunday', I remembered that some enjoyed 'Sam's Butchers', of last Sunday and I thought you may like today's image of a wee chap, which I took in one of the poor areas of Nairobi? He is clutching a sweet, from the bag we keep in the car for all youngsters (and their Mum's - who also love anything sweet..!). He was on his way to school, wearing his shirt out and at an amusing angle. His jumper also has the hallmarks of wear-and-tear, but his face lit up into such a beaming smile, I snapped him where he stood, centre frame, in his surroundings. I saw a young girl, also going to school, looking at me over her shoulder and carrying her young sister on her back (it's quite normal for schools in Kenya to accept children with all manner of encumbrances, into class..!) . I took her image too, but on uploading it to my computer later, deleted it immediately. I hadn't noticed until then, that the baby's skirt had ridden up - and, just like the famous image of 'Tennis Girl', she wasn't wearing any knickers
It's a sobering thought, that 60% of people in Nairobi live in slum and poor areas - and 15% of children living in those areas die, before they reach 5 years of age....
Have a Simply Splendid Silly Sunday, everyone ...!
|Camera:||Canon EOS 40D |
|Recording media:||RAW (digital)|
|Date Taken:||7 Jan 2009 - 9:58 AM|
|Lens Max Aperture:||f/4.8|
|Flash:||Off, Did not fire|