i do like to be beside the seaside

Posted 13 years ago

Had a friend of Marie’s visiting this week, Katherine, so we had a little trip to the coast this weekend.  We had a day’s safari and a day and a half on the beach! WOO!! I LOVE THE SEA!!


It was definitely worth the travel sickness and the sunburn (I did have factor 25 on but apparently that wasn’t enough!).


Shimba Hills (where we went on safari) looks a lot like Wales with African animals randomly placed (so Katherine says- she is welsh!!)  It’s very green!!

It was slightly concerning when we got out for a 2km walk in the middle of the reserve with a ranger who had a big gun. This was just in case an elephant charged us!!  The gun had real bullets, and not tranquilisers, as they wouldn’t work quickly enough if an elephant attacks us!  We were all more worried about the elephants than for us!


The 2km walk from the bus and back consisting of Katherine jumping at insects, me getting bitten by every insect possible and Marie needing her asthma inhaler more than humanly possible was well worth the destination- a beautiful waterfall, in the shade (which I was loving!).


Than had a little trip to an elephant sanctuary run by the local community- I love all these little community projects!!  The locals use the dung of the elephants to make paper which is a novel way of recycling!  Maybe someone will invent dog poo paper and clean the streets of Manchester!!  An interesting fact about elephants- Male elephants have 7 noises for vocalisation and females have 22 and are therefore much better at communication, much like their human counterparts!


Another interesting animal fact- Male weaver birds spend a lot of time and a lot of effort building a nest, if a female weaver bird doesn’t like it she destroys it! That amused me!


The beach where we stayed was heaven, full of insects loving my blood, but definitely heaven.  The starfish were every colour imaginable!  Snorkled for the first time and after swimming too deep and choking on sea water the once I soon got the hang of it!  It was another world amongst the coral and the colourful fish.  Fell in love even more with the sea!! 


Back at school tomorrow but it’s nice know the whole of Kenya isn’t like Kibera (although out taxi driver did get bribed by the extremely corrupt police!)

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Monday May 21st, 5:11pm GMT
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Comment by Mum, posted at May 21st 2007, 9:03 pm:
Hi Kellie, could you downsize your photo so we can see it properly? It's about 3 screens big! Not sure I like the look of those starfish - bit scary to me! Mumxx
Comment by kel, posted at May 22nd 2007, 4:26 pm:
you know I don't know how to do that!!!!!!! Why ask??!!
Comment by Angela, posted at May 22nd 2007, 6:48 pm:
Fully appreciating the elephant facts! Can't believe how beautiful your snorkelling trip sounds! xxx
Comment by kel, posted at May 24th 2007, 9:36 am:
Well I do like my random facts :P won't have anything interesting to blog for couple of days yet since I've been laid up ill but hopefully gonna have a few exciting things goin on soon........Marie started youth alpha before I came and I've got involved with that so we're hoping we can organise a mass baptism for all the kids who've become Christos! WOO
Comment by Chris, posted at May 25th 2007, 8:27 pm:
Or maybe these female elephants require 22 sounds because they aren't able to condense it, much like their human counterparts. A speech where only a grunt is required is the female way, apparantly across the natural world

a very big retard

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Thursday May 17th, 1:19pm GMT
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Comment by Mags, posted at May 19th 2007, 3:50 pm:
Lovely pics Kellie - I can't BELIEVE you've found a giraffe with your name!! Keep blogging - it's gr8 to read them. Those childern are so very special. Loads of love, hugs and prayers. Mags xxxx

forgot my attachments. I am a computer retard

Posted 13 years ago

As someone recently told me.....I know about as much about computers as a small cabbage :P
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Comment by Sorrel, posted at May 18th 2007, 12:04 pm:
It sounds amazing, keep joyful Kel, miss u x x

the kellie giraffe and health checks

Posted 13 years ago

Grrrr…………I have just written this post, it started chucking it down and the internet went crazy so I lost it.  This will therefore be only a shadow of what was previously written!!!!


We have had a very busy week.  One thing that was fun was going to the giraffe centre on Sunday afternoon (I would say.. “and yes I did go to church, but I didn’t because I slept in!!).  It was very exciting as I met my namesake….a giraffe called Kellie!!! I will include a picture so you can spot the difference between the two of us!!


At school we’ve been very busy this week doing health checks on all 11 classes!! We managed to persuade a nurse and a doctor from the local health clinic to come and help which was fantastic (the clinic is now practically home after numerous visits this week with a child with malaria and a child with typhoid!!). We’ve found infections of various kinds, ringworm and other fungal things, septic wounds, vision problems, hearing problems, umbilical hernias and dental problems among others!!  Finished today and now have the job of dishing all the medications out which is interesting.  Trying to find the child you want and explain to them what to do with the medicines is quite a feat when you only speak a couple of words of Swahili!!


Had my first cry today after having a chat with the girl my parents sponsor, Emmaculate.  Her mother has HIV and none of her friends know coz she is scared of the discrimination associated with it.  Sometimes her only meal is the one school provide and life is very hard for her.  Her father now lives with another woman and doesn’t speak to Emmaculate and her brothers as he says he doesn’t love them.  She still finds something, anything, to be thankful for and is an amazingly beautiful girl. 


This is the story of 450 other children that I see everyday.


I cried.

Thursday May 17th, 1:08pm GMT
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I'm soooooo English!!

Posted 13 years ago

Well, I've survived a week.. YEY!!  I survived but also have realised that I am very very English.  I already knew I liked my brews probably a bit more than the average non-English person but I thought that was the extent of my Englishness.......

3 things I really need to get used to (and I'm sure the list will grow!!)

1.  Queuing.  No one knows how to do it here, or if they do they just can't be bothered!!  I like the order and fairness of a system.  This week I have got very cross when I've been pushed in front of, been in a queue for a long time then get to the front and they ask me to wait until they've dealt with the person behind me....Grrrrrrr.

2. Public transport.  Matatus are mini buses owned by random people that follow the bus routes,  except sometimes they just go where they feel like.   When it rains you get chucked off so it can fill up with people going the other way.

3. Crossing the road.  Basically you have to be assertive (I can already here some of you groan about me being assertive crossing a road).  No one indicates and it's busy so you just have to walk and hope the cars slow down!!

Right now I should probably be preparing for next week.  Planning to do a health audit of all the children in 2 days so we need to be prepared!!  From that information I can then do some health education based on what we find.  I'll let you know how it goes.  Hopefully it will be organised chaos rather than total chaos!!

Saturday May 12th, 9:11am GMT
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Comment by Susie Bartindale, posted at May 15th 2007, 9:21 pm:
Good to hear from you kel, sounds like you're having fun (apart from knee scrapage, obviously *rolls eyes*) . Love and prayers, Suse
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