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My kitchen looks like this:
I recently painted the cupboards red and white, ready for Christmas (and because they were dark brown and dreary before that). Bit different from your average Western kitchen I guess, but also very different from the average African one too!
Weevils in our flour:
It’s a big problem in Africa, and you can really taste it in any cake, cookie or pizza made with weevil-infested four! I’m pretty sure that ingesting a few of the wee beasties (especially when cooked) would not be harmful, but it’s a bit disgusting! Look again at the picture and you can see the larve too, which were wriggling around in the flour when I took the picture!
If you have a good sieve, you can probably get rid of them, but the taste is likely to remain. Best way is to find a supplier who’s flour doesn’t usually have weevils in. There you go!
The local dustman with his donkey-drawn dustcart, collecting our rubbish:
He comes about three times a week, rain or shine (more of the latter, of course) and does a great job for just 2000cfa a month (or about £2.80, but with lots of houses, I guess the money adds up). Our previous guy had a tractor, but then it broke down for several weeks. So in some ways, a donkey is better!
A boat beside the Bani River at Teriya Bugu
I’ve only been to Teriya Bugu once, and that was on my way home from this workshop earlier in the year. It has lovely rooms, a nice pool and restaurant and is in a tranquil (if a tad remote) location on by the river. Click here to see the Teriya Bugu website.
Citroën 2CVs and Dianes at the Marina Hotel, Cotonou
The amazing thing is that these ugly ducklings, along with a couple of dozen others, all made the journey by road from Brussels all the way to Cotonou! Click here and here to see previous blog posts (a year apart) of the ‘Touareg Trail’. Also, click on the photo below to go to my ‘2CV Touareg Trail’ photo album:
Thanks for reading!
Piece of fruit anyone?
Oranges, mangos, papayas, bananas – even grapes or apples (these two imported of course!) You see colourful stalls like this in various parts of Bamako. Yum yum!
Seen on the wall of a Malian School:
Nice! The slogan means: Discipline – Hard Work – Success
Sounds good to me, though the teacher looks a bit strict!
A pair of lionesses, seen in the Pendjari National Park, Benin:
Wow! We had a great time there back in 2005 and 2006; so many great animals to see (hippos, baboons, elephants, crocodiles, antelope, buffalo, monkeys, lions, hyena). In spite of the heat, the very rough ‘washboard’ roads and almost being charged by a baby elephant, it was wonderful!
Click here to see my album of all the fauna we sighted in the Pendjari. Thanks for reading!
Well, this made me laugh:
Can you imagine this being popular in the West?!? Oh such fun. I took this in Kampala, Uganda, a few months ago.