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1724670-982768-thumbnail.jpg 'Kulafumbi' is our family home in Kenya, East Africa. 'Kulafumbi' is a play on the Kiswahili words "kula vumbi", which mean "eat dust", because it was so hot and dusty building our house in this remote, wild, wonderful place. Kulafumbi borders the Tsavo National Park - with no fences between us and the Park, the wildlife comes and goes of its own free will and treats our land as its own, which is exactly how we like it. In turn, we provide a protected area for the wild animals to do as they please. This protected area also creates an important buffer for the river, which forms the boundary between us and the park.
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Thursday
Dec202007

18th December 2007

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This day belonged to the wild flowers, which are blooming all over Kulafumbi – both in the house and without - to the extent that parts of the property now resemble a jungle (above). It's hard to believe that just a few weeks ago, this area would have been called a semi-desert. Words cannot describe the beauty and variety of the indigenous plants, so here a few of them are in pictures, to speak for themselves…I give you today’s flowers of Kulafumbi:

(click any thumbnail to enlarge)

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Of course, with the flowers, the insects are out in force too, particularly the bees, including honey bees and all sorts of other varieties.

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Acid Beetle (click any image to enlarge)
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Honey bee...
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Other bee...












This caterpillar can't seem to keep up with itself...what goes in one end, seems to be coming out the other end just as fast!

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The Sanseviera in our balcony flowerbed has started reproducing, sending out a brand new shoot from its root system…the self-seeded Commelina with their delicate blue and yellow flowers are doing well in the flowerbeds too, and a new perfectly formed white flower is blossoming on the ramp leading up to the front door. Who needs to plant any new flowers when all this is happening of its own accord?

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Sanseviera sends up new shoot (click any image to enlarge)
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New Sanseviera shoot - close up
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Ipomea creeper by front door
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Commelina











While down on the beach at Hippo Bend, we saw this hippo lumbering its way down through the rapids. I thought it made a nice picture in the evening light…

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Reader Comments (3)

What a nice photo of the hippo marching down the river. Brings tears to my eyes. Such a special site!

December 23, 2007 | Unregistered Commenter Kinsey Barnard

You should come and see the hippos in person some day...a group of them always live here, on what I call "Hippo Bend"...in the meantime, all the very best to you and Kotybear for Christmas and an adventurous 2008...

December 24, 2007 | Registered CommenterTanya

Tanya:

I would love to do that one day! I haven't been to back to Kenya since I went to spread my father's ashes in 1997!

Kinsey Barnard

December 29, 2007 | Unregistered Commenter Kinsey Barnard

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