Early morning bargains at Kivukoni Fish Market

These shots were taken on an early morning visit to the hustling bustling Kivukoni Fish Market on Ocean Road in the heart of Dar Es Salaam. It’s a great snippet of Tanzanian life with fishermen and house dadas haggling at full volume over an unbelievable selection of fish and crustaceans. We brought two very large, very snappy…

You are the ones we’ve been waiting for

“You are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” This was the key phrase used in the inspiring speech given by Kenyan radio presenter Caroline Mutoko at the official opening of this year’s 34th East Africa Model United Nations. Last month I was lucky enough to be a staff member accompanying a group of students from Isamilo…

Here comes the sun and 2016 – Happy New Year

This New Year rather than counting down the minutes and seconds to midnight on New Year’s Eve and partying until the early hours, I woke up before dawn on New Year’s Day to catch the first glimpse of the sun rising in Tanzania in 2016. In a glass-fronted house situated on the banks of Lake…

Every light carries the ray of hope

  Every now and then, something happens here in Tanzania which makes me stop for a minute and realize how fortunate I am and how easy life is and has been for me. One of those moments happened during the Isamilo International School in Mwanza Saturday School Christmas party. Halfway through my second teaching session,…

Kerouac and the Kittens

We recently had a few more additions to our family – three very fluffy, very cute little kittens. And because we have three children and three kittens, the children want a kitten each. So, for first time in my cat ownership history I am allowing the children to name the kittens – the current names…

The Spiderman Agama

The Spiderman Agama, or to use its actual name the male Mwanza Flat-Headed Rock Agama (Agama Mwanzae), was such a tricky subject to capture on camera. As soon as you move near to them they scurry off at the speed of light. And despite the fact that there are large numbers in and around the school…

The Reveries of a Solitary Walker

I don’t have one specific place to go to when I need to recharge my batteries, but I have a ritual which usually makes me feel a bit better. An early morning experience – a walk, cycle, run, or just gazing out of a train window after an overnight journey. These moments are invariably alone,…

Art is not what you see, it is what you make others see.

I have been asked by art and craft company Patience Brewster to do an interview and to share some information about my life as an artist. Patience is an artist herself who designs handmade and hand painted Christmas ornaments. If you follow my blog, you will know that I am not a “proper” artist, in that I…