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Lunch 64

By SimonFletch  
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...Wink

Today's 'Lunch'
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 Blush
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 ...!


Tags: Child Sweet Lunch Kenya Humour and fun

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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2014 6:55AM
A wonderful happy image Simon.

Enjoy your travels mate, looking forwards to your uploads already.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
9 Feb 2014 7:08AM
What a wonderful smile, Simon, he was obviously overjoyed to receive your offering of a boiled sweet, but only one? Surely you could have spared a handful, to keep the lad happy throughout the day? Carol
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2014 8:06AM
A lovely happy child Simon and a sweet for lunch
Hmmm don't suppose that will fill him too much
lovely rich colours, and good shot
9 Feb 2014 8:08AM
Love the expression Simon, fine capture,
Bantu 4 7 1 India
9 Feb 2014 8:11AM
Lovely,cute capture.
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
9 Feb 2014 8:11AM
Lovely capture

LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2014 8:18AM
Your description makes this something of a Sad Sunday post, but the image of this delightful little boy with his creative dress sense list the mood beautifully.
ukgubbi 6 5 India
9 Feb 2014 8:58AM
Beautiful moment captured. Happy boy. Enjoy your travel . best wishes.
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
9 Feb 2014 9:28AM
Lovely candid portrait Simon. Excellent narrative.GrinGrinGrin
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2014 9:42AM
A delightful smile on this kid's face Simon.

9 Feb 2014 9:52AM
A lovely smile on this little lads face Simon, we really dont know how lucky we are in this country, love to read your blog! for want of a better word, it makes for an interesting slice of life , thank you once again for showing this . Enjoy your travels when you go off. look forward to the photos on your return

Patty GrinGrinGrinGrin
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2014 10:33AM
His face is full of joy and hope.
But your write up is really for a sad Sunday......
Tho natural selection has a lot to be said for it
I know of 2children locally who are being kept alive by the expertise of our wonderful doctors
They are under the age of 5....
And it's hard work till keep them as happy looking as your young lad here.....just a gentle thought through my observations....
I really don't know what is best......
Oh to be so wise....
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
9 Feb 2014 11:15AM
Thanks for the storyline....makes me feel grateful for what I have Grin
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
9 Feb 2014 12:37PM
A charming portrait of this happy little chap Simon, it looks like you made his day with your gift of a sweet. Despite these children having very few material possesions they are often a lot happier than children in the Western world who often have everything given to them on a plate and have all the latest gadgets and toys. Your narrative was amusing to read as always, you really do have a vivid imagination, your description of my good self couldn't be further from the truth!Wink Your escapades on the Kenyan roads made me smile, it looks as though you've been experiencing similar weather to us lately. Regarding the potholes and ruts our local roads are just the same, driving and cycling around here is a complete nightmare at present!Sad You should have uploaded a Silly Sunday selfie of you covered from head to toe in mud, it would have given us all a good laugh and helped to cheer up all those down in Devon, Somerset and Cornwall who are affected by the flooding!Grin
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2014 4:50PM
His smile says it all, a lesson that a few of our kids could take on board, they are never happy unless they have the latest gadget in their hands SadSadSad, my son included BlushBlush.

Great image Simon,

bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2014 5:03PM
Hardly a lunch Simon more a snack,it's amazing sometimes the less you have the happier you are this little boy was more than happy to share his smile for everybody, hope you gave him a good reward old chapWink
Will do update later my friend
A lovely shot Simon. What a smile! Cathy
This could a Nat Geog portrait IMO, Simon. Great narrative.

dark_lord Plus
14 2.1k 530 England
10 Feb 2014 6:56PM
It really is amazing how many 'deprived' (as we in the West would describe them) children in Africa and elsewhere are so happy.
They would be happier with two or three sweets Grin but I suspect you're taking a resposible approach to their dental health Wink

What a dear little fella, with such an endearing smile. Great image Simon. Enjoyed the narrative as well.

Lynette Grin

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