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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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Monday
Dec242007

19th December 2007

We’ve re-designed the area around our bird table…we decided we wanted another thorn tree or two in the balcony garden, so we extended the flowerbed area and my father went off in search of the appropriate tree to transplant (see picture below of the new tree going in)…we hadn’t quite expected him to return with such a giant! There’s no doubting though, it looks great and the birds love it.

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The most amazing big white tiered lilies are flowering – like white star pyramids dotted around the green bushland. On the other end of the scale, I photographed a tiny, tiny pink flower with a yellow center, about fifty yards off the road to the dam. We haven’t seen it anywhere else, but it’s very pretty.

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Amazing white lily (click to enlarge)
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Close-up of Lily flowers
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Rooftop "octopus aloe" budding
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Close-up of rooftop aloe buds












The “octopus aloe” in our rooftop garden is also about to burst into flower – the pink buds boding well for a fountain of imminent red…

The view from our flat roof, on this rather grey-skied day...

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