Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone.

Passion Fruits in watercolour, Tanzania.
Passion Fruits
Papaya in watercolour, Tanzania.

One of the many joys of living in Tanzania is the amazing fruit you can buy, for next to nothing. Back in Blighty people struggle to eat their “five a day” but here you can get your quota in, just for breakfast. At the moment, my breakfast selection includes papaya, passion fruit, watermelon, pineapple, banana, limes, grapefruit and lemons. I couldn’t resist painting them, as they are such bright and attractive colours.

Fruit bowl overspill - our mid week shop, Tanzania.
Fruit bowl overspill – our mid week shop.

.And I’m sorry if you clicked on this blog post to find out some fantastic Oscar Wilde reference as there is none. I’m afraid the only reference to Mr Wilde is that his quote is about exotic fruit, I like exotic fruit and I like Oscar Wilde and I thought his quote from ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ was more enticing than something naff I had tried to come up with like “Start your day with five a day.”

2 Comments Add yours

  1. ebilling@bt.com says:

    keep up the good work, Ali……..the sketches are wonderful and evocative…yum yum so expensive to buy here. I remember my favourites being mango and the passion fruits. Have you managed to get some custard apples yet? They look like pears but have a really distinct flavour and the flesh is quite creamy. Brenda Codd


    1. alidunnell says:

      Thanks Brenda… I have become obsessed with passion fruits – they are the most delicious thing I have ever eaten. I have had custard apples before, but not since I’ve been here. I must get my hands on some.


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