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

Workspace Wednesday 98.

September 4, 2013 | Workspace Wednesday

Good morning guys!

I’m not sure if it’s been obvious (I was trying hard to not make it obvious!) but I’ve actually been away from my desk these past two weeks! Dave and I headed off to Kenya for a long-awaited holiday a few weeks ago, and we just arrived home last night.

I hope you don’t mind that I didn’t mention it until now… the trip was actually a surprise for my Mum who had no idea all her children and their partners would be coming on the holiday too, and because she reads here religiously, I couldn’t say anything! That, and I also get a bit ‘thingy’ about broadcasting to the internet exactly when I’m going to be away ;)

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It was the most incredible holiday, and I hope to share some photos and stories with you soon (we’ve got quite a few to sift through!). In the mean time, please bear with me while I get back into the swing of normal life again! :)