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Living to tell the story is hosting the 48th Friday’s Fave Five. Here’s mine:

  1. We have returned home after two months away and are packing up as we prepare to move to France at the end of August. So I was greatly relieved when the dearth of boxes came to an end on Monday with the arrival of second hand boxes of various sizes, by foot and car from various sources. Thanks to Isabella, Orlando and Richard.
  2. Joanna and Benjamin were desperate to return home after their long sojourn in U.K. and South Africa (plus a camping trip to Swaziland with Yayee, Papa, Aunty and Uncle, Joshua and David where Benjamin caught six fish, his first ever). Benjamin couldn’t wait to reunite with his best friend Michael, but Joanna’s best friend left back to the States,  just as we left on our travels. Then walking down the Marginal on Sunday we bumped into Caroline, a Zimbabwean I lost contact with, when her cell phone was stolen and she moved house. So I was able to invite Milagro her daughter to come for a playdate, and she has come every afternoon this week, and is coming for a sleep over tonight. Four happy children completely absorbed in their respective imaginary worlds, definitely a big motherhood reward.
  3. I heard from Akiko who has been trying to fall pregnant with her second child for a number of years and she’s pregnant! I can’t help wondering if it had anything to do with that raspberry leaf tea, which would make her the second friend to possibly benefit from that small piece of advice.   I suppose I’ll never really know.
  4. I’m leaving Quelimane, I’m leaving Quelimane and going to live on a small holding in France in a 17th Century farmhouse for a year.  After living in one of the poorest regions in the world for 12 years, we’re off to live within the vicinity of Paris!!!!   As awareness of this slowly sinks in I can’t help but feel like a 9 year old  just before Christmas.  Thank you oh my Father …
  5. As Richard and I face a completely new unfamiliar future, it’s great how we feel like we’re in this together.  As we search on the internet for a cheap, second hand, Left Hand Drive car or talk through the need  to grow loads of  cherry tomatoes,  as Joanna munches her way through yet another tomato.  The Proverb, ” two is better than one”  has been very apparent this week.

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Wordless Wednesday

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Watching a community theatre on the importance of Vitamin A, photo by Richard Dove

Wordless Wednesday

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Wordless Wednesday

Off to school, on a bicycle taxi

Off to school, on a bicycle taxi

Wordless Wednesday

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This week Susan Taylor Brown is hosting 15 Words or Less…it’s a great photo, easily stimulating one’s imagination. Head on over and join in…everyone’s welcome.
Here’s my contribution.

peacock-wall

Hard stone curves
merge with nature
pallet of blues and greens
mimics soft peacock feathers

A poem by Richard and Jacqueline Dove.

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burglar bars
looking on the bright side of life

A poem by me
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Close up of peacock body feathers by Richard Dove

Close up of peacock body feathers by Richard Dove


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Feeding Fish Eagles, off Bird Island, Lake Malawi, photo by Richard

Feeding Fish Eagles, off Bird Island, Lake Malawi, photo by Richard

Wordless Wednessday

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The Baobab Tree , Lake Malawi, photo by Richard Dove

The Baobab Tree , Lake Malawi, photo by Richard Dove

These photo’s taken on a recent trip to Malawi inspired a hunt for a poem about the Baobab Tree which I found here

Come with me, to the Baobab tree,

To the Baobab tree, where eyes

will shine,

And hearts will leap

And feet will dance

And hands will touch

In one-two time.

Come with me, to the Baobab tree,

To the Baobab tree, where tears will dry,

And lips will sing

And hearts will breathe

And feet will dance

In one-two time.

– Julie Redstone

The Baobab Tree, photo by Richard Dove

The Baobab Tree, photo by Richard
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The round up is being hosted by Lisa Chellman at under the covers. Do stop by and take in all the great poetry being shared this week.

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Skywatch Friday

The sun sets over Lake Malawi, photo by Jacqueline

The sun sets over Lake Malawi, photo by Jacqueline

Skywatch Friday

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