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Raised bed planter

The Garden Blooms

The gardening is going really well. What can I say? Everything grows in Kenya! I have written prior posts about trying my hand at not killing plants and about how I stepped things up after moving to the new house. I am happy to report that the gardening efforts are literally bearing fruit. There are two types of passion fruit growing and bearing fruit that is already starting to ripen. There are a couple small orange trees that need more time but in another year should bear fruit. There’s a mango tree (also small) that should start to produce fruit by the end of this year. And I didn’t kill any of these! Yay! In addition, the vegetables are coming along quite nicely. It’s still early, but it’s going well. I am very hopeful. In addition to the vegetables and fruit, the flowers are doing very well. The roses and hydrangeas are doing great and survived the drought. There are tons of other flowers as well.     The succulents are also doing really great. …

Dog Decisions

A while back I posted about how J. and I decided to not have a dog while in Kenya. We were still grieving for our last dog. We were also unsure about giving a dog a good life while living here. We are now rethinking some of that. What changed our mind? To be clear, we haven’t made the decision yet. We are still thinking about it. But, these are the factors that are making us consider sharing our life with a dog again. There are more services than we thought It turns out that there are indeed a lot of services for dogs. There are great groomers and dog spas and excellent boarders. We just hadn’t known of them…which leads to the next factor. We met good dog owners We didn’t think there was much in the way of services because many of the people we knew with dogs didn’t use them. That had nothing to do with Kenya but rather the quality of the owners. These were the dogs we felt sorry for… …we …

More Adventures in the Garden!

I’ve written before about how I was going to make an attempt at gardening. I’m happy to say things have been going well. I started with herbs. I moved on to flowers (grown from seeds) and that has gone well too. I got some succulents. The next adventure is vegetables! My gardener—actually he’s more than that, he’s a landscaper and very much an artist—is building me a raised planter for veggie. I’ll have a kitchen garden! I plan to move some of the herbs to the planter. As for the vegetables, I have a few sweet potato vines and I’m going to try to also grow the following (I think…I’m still planning): tomato broccoli cauliflower sukima (a lot like kale) collard greens spinach zucchini I’ll keep you posted on how this next adventure goes! Side note to Jennifer: Lazarus is going great! I put him in a bigger pot and he really thrived. Soon, he’s going to be planted into the garden where he’s going to grow pretty big. He’s already sprouting new aloe plants. …

Review: Urgent Cargo

For our move within Nairobi, we used Urgent Cargo. They were professional, timely, and did a great job. I highly recommend them. I give them 95 out of 100 points. I’ll explain the points later. The main thing to know is that they’ll arrive on time, pack up all your stuff, and deliver it safely to your new home (and unpack if you want them to). As for the points…they lost ten points because of how they packed my clothes. I gave EXPLICIT instruction that the clothes were to go in a wardrobe box and stay hung. They kept the clothes on the hangers but laid then flat, folding over skirts and dresses, and then put shoes on top. I was pissed off. I was really pissed off. You do not disrespect a woman’s wardrobe! They could have ruined a few evening dresses and my leather jacket. They did crumple some of my clothes. But, nothing was damaged. I calmly but very firmly explained what they did wrong and why I was so pissed. They …

Moved!

We are in our new home! We didn’t move far, but it made all the difference. Our new place is much better. The move itself went about as well as it could have gone. It was stressful. It was draining. Between the packing, shuttling small stuff, the actual move, and the initial settling in, it was three weeks of torture. But now we’re starting to get comfortable. We’re starting to really settle into the new space and be able to enjoy it. So far, my favorite things about the house include: Bigger kitchen Gorgeous garden, not just a yard, a real garden (see main photo for a glimpse) A garage Not having to share my desk with J. as he has been sent to the basement given a man cave for all his manly items Much more stable power and water It was an upgrade and it’s making life much nicer! Here are a few more shots from the same part of the garden. You have to admit, Kenyan roses are amazing!