Kenya Pt. 5

October 31, 2013 | Personal, Photography, Travel

The last Kenyan post, I promise! :)

It’s been a longer series than I’d anticipated – it’s hard to believe we were actually only away for 2.5 weeks! There was just so much packed into that time, and you’ve now seen the photos to prove it hehe.

And just to give credit where it’s due – many of the photos below were taken by my talented Dad. Thanks Pa :)

Kenya_22Our next stop (after the Kakamega Forest) was at a working farm called Kembu. It was magical! I won’t go into too much detail, but we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves there, wandering around the farm, hanging out with the dogs, and chatting to the cows and horses. At night, we’d all go out with our torches and scour the hedges around the farm for chameleons. We weren’t all that good at finding them ourselves, but the staff were all too happy to help :)

They also had a local knitting cooperative there called The Kanana Knitters who knit and sell gorgeous soft toys in their shop and overseas… definitely worth a visit!

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After leaving Kembu, we headed up Mount Kenya to Castle Forest Lodge, a lovely B&B perched on the mountainside. We couldn’t see Mount Kenya for the fog unfortunately, but I’m sure it’d be spectacular when it’s visible! As you can see from the photos below, it was a bit cold and wet, but still gorgeous!

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Our last stop before heading home was a very special one to us – we went back to the village where we’d lived 16 years ago. We’d all been looking forward to it I think, to see what we remembered, and what had changed. We visited our old school (the kids were all on holidays, but the school itself looked very much the same)….

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… went back to our favourite local restaurant (T.Tot Hotel) to see if their Samosa’s are still the best in the world (they are)…

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… Took a walk through the markets, and did some basket shopping (unfortunately many of the shops we remember from here are now closed)…

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…. and we got to go back and visit our old house. We didn’t expect to get so close to it, but the lady who now lives there remembered us, and didn’t mind us coming in for a look around. The house still looked the same, but understandably the yard and surrounds had changed quite a bit. It was a little bit sad to see that most of the things we remembered from there had now gone, but it was still such a joy to even see it again at all.

And just for the fun of it, we did a jump shot ;)

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And so we ended the trip on a really special note, coming full circle from a time we’ve all remembered and cherished. Needless to say it was very difficult to say goodbye to Africa again, and to my family. Until the next big trip! ;)

And in case you missed them, see the previous Kenya posts here:  Part 1.  Part 2.  Part 3.  Part 4.

Workspace Wednesday 106.

October 30, 2013 | Workspace Wednesday

Yippeeeee! Look what just arrived a couple of days ago…

FF Business Cards

Mmmmm… kraft and metallic gold.  I’ve been itching to see how these would turn out ever since I sent them off, and finally I’ve got them in my hot little hands (literally – look at my creepy hand in that photo below!). They really didn’t disappoint, I can’t stop turning them around and ooo-ing over the gorgeous metallic-ness.

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They look lovely in real life, but I struggled a little to capture the gold in the photos, so you’ll just have to imagine :)

Weekend That Was (26-27.10.13)

October 28, 2013 | Weekend that was

Phew what an epic weekend! We’ve had some friends in town since Friday, so we spent most of our time out and about, doing fun touristy things around here – like boat rides through the city, the Night Safari, going to the observation deck at Marina Bay Sands, wandering around Gardens by the Bay, and of course indulging in our fair share of delicious food!

Catching up with friends is definitely one of my favourite things :)

weekend that was!

What did you get up to?

 

Kenya Pt. 4

October 25, 2013 | Personal, Photography, Travel

I’m sure you’re all over seeing the photos from my Kenyan trip by now (I’m that horrible person who forces you to sit through every single photo they ever took!) but I promise, there’ll only be one more post about it after this one. Hang in there! Hehe.

After leaving Maasai Mara, we headed up into the Kenyan Highlands and into tea country (we stayed in Kericho). Ah, it was absolutely stunning! Such a vast difference from the dry, dusty plains of the Mara, it was lush and green, quite cold and a little wet.

We organised to take a tour through one of the large tea plantations and factories (which was really fascinating!), and were taken on a tour of a flower farm as an added bonus (did you know they grow loads of roses and carnations for export in Kenya?). It really was a spectacular area and isn’t on the usual tourist routes which was a nice change!

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After two nights spent surrounded by these beautiful fields of green we moved on, heading for Kakamega Forest and the place we’d all come back to visit. 16 years ago when my family lived in Kenya, we’d made a weekend trip to Rondo Retreat, a stunning colonial guesthouse (and cottages) nestled in the Kakamega Forest. At the time, my parents had told us children (I was 12 at the time) that for their 25th wedding anniversary we had to send them back to Rondo Retreat. Well, we didn’t quite make their 25th anniversary (we were all too broke) but we did manage it for their 30th. And so there we were.

If you’re planning a trip to Kenya – I couldn’t recommend Rondo Retreat enough! Think sprawling lawns, grand old colonial cottages, tea and cake served on your veranda each afternoon and bird watching walks through the forest. Bliss. I don’t think my photos do it justice!

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On one morning while we were there, we took a drive to a small town about 2 hours away to meet an old friend and his family, who we hadn’t seen since we’d left Kenya all those years ago. Cephas is a minister, and runs a church in his local town – and we’d been invited to be part of their Sunday service. Wow.. What a wonderful experience it was! Not only was it amazing to meet up with these friends after so much time, but we got to experience a very special part of their lives.

After the service as we all headed outside, we managed to snap a few pics of some of the kids.. I think they were all quite curious about these “Muzungu” at their church! Hehe. Aren’t they the sweetest?

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Bunch of cuties! They were very excited to see themselves on my camera screen :)

And with that, I’ll leave you all for the weekend! Do you have plans? I’ve got myself buried in Christmas DIY supplies at the moment, so I think at least some of the weekend will be testing out ideas. Fingers crossed some of them work ;)

Hope you have a nice weekend too! x