A Botanical Paradise

After nearly three years of living in Tanzania, I am still amazed at the botanical paradise which surrounds me everyday, all year round. From the hibiscus flowers and bird of paradise plants in private gardens, public municipal areas and hotels, to hedgerows at bus-stops heavy with bougainvillea and frangipani petals lying on the floor, the…

Swedish Summertime – and the living is easy

One of the things I learnt about Swedish people in the three years that I lived there, is that they really know how to really enjoy the summertime. In a country that is cold and dark for much of the year, celebrating the sun is of the utmost importance. So come June, tens of thousands…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry

This is the first time I’ve taken part in the daily post Weekly Photo Challenge. For the subject symmetry, I have chosen two almost identical photographs from my recent trip to the Serengeti National Park last month, with my year 6 class from Isamilo International School, Mwanza. I took these two photographs, of what I…

Heart Shaped Flowers for Valentine’s Day

I took this photograph of a rather curious flower in my garden earlier today. After a bit of researching, I found out that it was called Aristolochia Littoris (Calico Flower or Elegant Dutchman’s Pipe) and it is shaped like a perfect heart. Scores of them grow in my back garden here in Mwanza, Tanzania. They…

The Frangipani Tree.

nn The frangipani is one of my favourite trees with its heady scent and bright flowers being forever evocative of tropical climates I have experienced. I pass this one most days going into Mwanza town, it is just off Makongoro Road near the clock tower roundabout and every time I see it I want to…