Kwale Eye Centre

March 17th, 2010

The full mission of the Kwale Eye Center is displayed in the road sign. Of course they use the English spelling for “CENTRE” It has taken me years to adopt the American version and that is mainly because my word processing program kept on correcting my “correct” spelling. What was it that George Bernard Shaw said about the English and the Americans? “A common people separated by a common language?”…There is a good example right here…..! he struck to the centre/center of the argument…..

Rainbow House

March 17th, 2010

My mother owned another home on the coast. She named it the “Rainbow House” and wanted it used for the good of the Kenya people. My sister and I decided that it should be given to the Kwale Eye Center, a charitable organization that does tremendous work in Kenya. I stopped by the center and this shot was taken of my visit. I was melting at the time…but I have written about the heat…its just when I look at this shot I remember how hot it was….

Banda Hut

March 16th, 2010

For those who follow my blog you may remember the mothers memorial gathering at this “Banda Hut” back in 2008…The hut sits on the beach with a glorious view of the sea.  If you look carefully you will see a wooden plaque at the rear of the structure, just over the exit….it memorializes those who were remembered here…and my mothers name has been added to the list…she would be happy with this site..and the view…

Pic Pic

March 15th, 2010

It takes one to know one and I spied a kindred soul in this shot……an entrepreneur hard at work. We call these vehicles “pic pics”. Have “pic pic”, will travel and lo and behold you have a business. Of course it is the height of summer so rain is not an issue, but it can get pretty gusty on the roads with the coastal winds..good luck to you fella…you would have my vote for entrepreneur of the year….

Sailing Alone

March 13th, 2010

There it sits in solitary splendor…while we melt.  I can understand why it has to sail alone…(its all about safety)  but there has to be a better way….If it is going to take me 2 hours to cross it is going to take the traffic behind me at least three hours and maybe more…..and traffic is getting heavier over the future years..not lighter so this logistical movement of gas does not have a long term future…..(one would think)


March 13th, 2010

To get the South Coast you have to take a ferry.  When you round the corner and see this sight your heart sinks.  Why?  Because Petrol tankers have to travel alone and as there are only two ferrys in operation it means that you are facing a two hour wait in the heat of Africa…I have an idea for the

Kenya Govt.  why not build a gas pipeline under the channel?    Gets my vote!

Wilting Away

March 12th, 2010

Only one place in the world where you can see two enormous elephant tusks like this….Mombasa, Kenya and boy is it hot!!  It is the middle of their Kenya summer and air conditioning is essential to my survival now….the heat never bothered me as a boy, in fact, I enjoyed the warmth.  It is a different story now…..too much heat and I wilt  As I write this I am wilting!!


March 11th, 2010

Next stop Africa! The snows of Kilmanjaro gleam brightly off in the distance and I feel home again in Kenya. At one point it was feared that the snow was going to disappear entirely from the slopes of Kilimanjaro and it is certainly less than I remember as a boy but it is still there. I remember once we had to write as essay at school about plum pudding left behind by a Giant…..strange what sticks in your mind as you get older

African Taxes

April 3rd, 2009

An issue in Africa is the collection of taxes, partly fueled by the fact that most folks don’t have much money and life by barter is very common. When I saw the revenue collection office I it also occurred to me that the Govt. was not spending a great deal of its resources in an effort to collect taxes either…

Mombasa Revenue Office

April 3rd, 2009

The Municipality of Mombasa Revenue Office.  I reckon the tax collecting authorities must be at the bottom of the local Govt. budget totem pole. I can think of no other explanation for the statement this building makes to the population.