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…

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,…

Painting is Just Another Way of Keeping a Diary

I was asked to paint some pictures for staff who were leaving Isamilo International School in Mwanza this year. These images were the results. Which one is your favourite? I am now off work for 8 weeks… so plenty of time for painting, sewing and lots of crafty fun. And as Pablo Picasso once said:…

Rock City Paintings

    A few weeks ago my husband and I took advantage of visiting grandparents to have a sneaky evening away without our three young children. Mark had previously won a night for two at a Tunza Lodge, a local beach resort. And when Bill and Joan came to stay, we decided to grab the…

The Sun Just Touched the Morning – Early Bird

I love the light first thing in the morning and wherever I am in the world I always get up early on one day so I can capture the moment either on film or in my sketchbook. Whether it be a sunrise over a beautiful natural wonder or people getting ready for the day in…

Tanzania – First impressions

We have been here in Mwanza for about ten days now and despite the obligatory mosquito bites we are settling in well. The house we are living in is huge and my children have been enjoying running around the house and climbing trees. The garden is lush with colourful bougainvillea trees and hibiscus flowers and…