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…

Monkey Shenanigans in my Back Garden.

Before moving to Tanzania I stumbled upon a blog post written by a teacher who was working in Mwanza, about how her whiteboard pen had been thieved mid-lesson by a cheeky monkey. I remember thinking that this would be one of the best teaching anecdotes ever which I could only dream of experiencing first-hand and…

School Serengeti Safari – And a meeting with a kindred spirit.

My previous school trips both as a teacher and as a student have included some great places, but also some really crap places. But on this occasion, I accompanied my year 6 students at Isamilo International School in Mwanza to the Serengeti National Park… not Alton Towers, the Old Warden Aeronautical Museum, Bishop’s Stortford, the Yorvik Centre…

What greater gift than the love of a cat?

Today I feel a little out of sorts. I have just found out that my dear old cat Brzeska has died. My husband and I bought Brzeska from Sheffield Cat Shelter in 2004, although back then Brzeska was called Tommy. I choose him because he was the most stylish and elegant cat I had ever…

The Hibiscus Thieves

Since I’ve been in Mwanza two things which I’ve enjoyed seeing are the little black faced monkeys who regularly visit our garden and the large colourful hibiscus flowers which grow everywhere. However, I have noticed that remnants of these stunning flowers were often strewn on the lawn.  I didn’t know why, until now. While I…

A wintery walk in Baldock with Vera and Baron.

Living overseas from my family, I often get a little, homesick… ok, ok, I often get terribly homesick. But I am not really sure what for – my mum, my sisters, my friends or perhaps just the familiarity of England. Well whatever the feeling is, or why I get it, looking at this painting gives…