Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Gateway to the village - and to the New Year!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The whistling thorn or ant-galled acacia

Monday, December 29, 2008

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Friday, December 26, 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The women are selling their beadwork.

Monday, December 22, 2008

The Masai villagers have gathered to greet us.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Friday, December 19, 2008

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Monday, December 15, 2008

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Bare-faced go-away-bird, corythaixoides personata

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Friday, December 12, 2008

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Red and Yellow Barbet, trachyphonus erythocephalus

Monday, December 08, 2008

This one was having a sand bath in the road.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, Bycanistes brevis

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Long-crested eagle, lophaetus occipitalis

Friday, December 05, 2008

Could be a Scarlet-Chested Sunbird Cholcomitra senegalensis

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Monday, December 01, 2008

The Kitchen

Today the glass at the back of the hob has been fitted. With the new back door, the kitchen looks finished. We know that there are extra shelves, a plinth and some curtains/ blinds still to come, but really, everyone can see the finished project, more or less. Hurrah! Its only taken 20 weeks and some days to get here! I hope you like it.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Monday, November 24, 2008

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Monday, November 17, 2008

Week 19

Last weekend we had our first visitors and so there was a massive effort to get things on. The kitchen has its replacement worktop and the last cupboard was fitted. A ceiling light had to be moved to accomodate it, though, with the accompanying hole in the ceiling needing replastering. The backdoor is a problem as a new door handle is difficult to find - that is one that matches the other satin chrome finished handles. The new door is also somewhat short! Apparently the hole for the door is taller than standard. (No one thought to measure it before buying the new door.) We still have the old one with cat flap in place. A template for the glass behind the hob has been measured and that will arrive in December - its getting perilously close to Christmas! All this progress meant we could finish off the new flooring, which looks fabulous.
The two guest loos are finished. Their mirrors have been installed and the handles put on the little cupboard doors. But not such good news in the bathrooms. The top floor shower has no mirror and some finishing touches are neede for the towel rail. There are a couple of door knobs, too. But the master suite is so frustrating. The large mirror is in place covering the wires etc. but the glass doors to the cupboards didn't fit for about the fourth time of trying. What is going on!
But even so, we have had a big clean up and we used the sitting room at the weekend, without being surrounded by boxes; Mel and Nick could sleep in the guest bedroom and use the new shower room with a temporary mirror - and we had moved lots of stuff into the kitchen cupboards, so we had breakfast at the new 'island' and Sunday lunch in the dining room.
We are so close to completion - and hope that the plastic can come off the kitchen cupboards very soon!
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