BEAUTIFUL KENYA 3

And the journey goes on…

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I DON’T HAVE TO INTRODUCE THIS ONE TO YOU, DO I ?

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A TREE WITH  BIRDS NESTS, YOU CAN SEE LITTLE WOVEN NESTS HANGING FROM THE BRANCHES AND SOME BIGGER NESTS ON THE BRANCHES

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ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL TREE

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THIS ANIMAL WAS CALLED GIRAFFE-NECKED ANTELOPE OR GERENUK

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MORE BIRDS NESTS

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One day we drove to a lake to see the thousands of flamingo’s, it was beautiful but the stench was something I’ll never forget !!! On the beach were death flamingo’s rotting away and also plenty of carcasses, on top the stench of their excrements….it was a smell I never experienced before and the heath made it all worse of course but the views were breathtaking (as well as the stench !!!)

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THIS WAS LESS BEAUTIFUL

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A BABY HYENA

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MUM AND DAD OF THE BABY ABOVE

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A TERMITE HILL

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ONE OF THE MANY ALOE’S WE SAW

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THIS IS CALLED A SAUSAGE TREE, THE SAUSAGES CAN BE HUGE AND WE WERE TOLD THEY MADE BEER FROM THE SAUSAGES

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ONE OF THE BIG FIVE AS THEY CALL THE 5 BIGGEST ANIMALS ON SAFARI

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PART OF AN ELEPHANT SKULL

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ART. YOU COULD BUY ALL THE ANIMALS YOU SAW ON SAFARI, IN WOOD OR IN STONE, VERY SMALL OR VERY LARGE,I WANTED A MONKEY IN WOOD BUT THAT WAS THE ONE ANIMAL THEY DID NOT MAKE, WHEN I ASKED WHY THEY SAID THAT MAKING MONKEYS BROUGHT BAD LUCK, BUT I KEPT LOOKING FOR A WOODEN MONKEY AND ON OUR LAST DAY I FOUND ONE, IT WAS NOT DISPLAYED LIKE THE OTHER ANIMALS BUT IT WAS HIDDEN IN A SHED AND WHEN SOMEONE HEARD I WAS LOOKING FOR A WOODEN MONKEY HE WENT TO A SHED ON THE BEACH AND GAVE IT TO ME, I WAS OVER THE MOON WITH IT !

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AND HERE HE IS, MY KENYAN MONKEY

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There is more to come in my next blog, thanks for stopping by !

Take care and have a great week !

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BEAUTIFUL KENYA 2

The beauty of Kenya has no boundaries, there is beauty everywhere you see. The lodges where you stay overnight and where you eat are absolutely fine, nature, wildlife, people ……

Here are some pictures of the lodges.

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MOST LODGES HAVE COTTAGES IN THE GARDEN, THEY ALL HAVE BEAUTIFUL GARDENS, THE GUARDS ALL HAVE WEAPONS AS SOMETIMES DANGEROUS ANIMALS COME IN THE GARDEN, THEY TRY TO SCARE THEM OFF OFCOURSE BUT….

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A RESTAURANT

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THE ROOMS ARE REALLY CLEAN AND TIDY

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THIS WAS A LOVELY COTTAGE WITH LOVELY VIEWS ALL OVER THE SAVANNAH, THE FOLLOWING PICTURES WERE TAKEN FROM THIS LODGE FROM THE TERRACE OF THE BAR

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I LOVED THESE BLUE GREEN LITTLE MONSTERS

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AT FIRST WE SAW ONLY A CLOUD OF DUST, THEN THIS LARGE  GROUP OF BUFFALO’S CAME FOR A DRINK AT THE LODGE

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THEY CAME SO CLOSE YOU COULD TOUCH THEM FROM ABOVE IF YOU WANTED TO

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MY BEST FRIEND WAS THERE TOO

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THE ZEBRA’ S TOO CAME FOR A DRINK, I WHISHED I COULD HAVE STAYED THERE FOR DAYS ON END

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AS MY HUSBAND IS BIRD CRAZY HE HAD TO PHOTOGRAPH EVERY SINGLE BIRD WE MET, I THINK WE HAD ABOUT 1800 PICTURES IN THE END !!!

There is more to come in the near future. Thanks for stopping by and take care !

BEAUTIFUL KENYA 1

It is Winter in my part of the world so there is not much to do in the garden, I read garden books, garden magasines and I watch other people’s blogs in order to quench my garden thirst.

Today I want to share the experiences I had while on holiday in Kenya, East-Africa. It is a beautiful country with beautiful nature and beautiful people.

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SOMETHING YOU SEE A LOT IN KENIA ARE ELEPHANTS, LOTS AND LOTS OF ELEPHANTS, EATING TREE’S AND SHRUBS, PUSHING TREE’S TO THE GROUND AS IF IT WERE JUST DRY STICKS

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VIEW OVER A VALLEY

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MR LEO, KING OF THE VALLEY, HE CAME SO CLOSE WE COULD HAVE TOUCHED HIM BUT WE WERE TOLD TO KEEP OUR ARMS AND HANDS INSIDE THE CAR….

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LION CUBS PLAYING ON A DEATH TREE, THEY BELONGED TO SEVERAL MUM’S

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ONE OF THE MUMS

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WILDERBEASTS WERE EVERYWHERE, WE SAW HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS

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ZEBRA’S PEACEFULLY EATING AMONG THE WILDERBEASTS

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SOME SORT OF GAZELLE, THERE WERE SO MANY DIFFERENT SPECIES

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THIS ONE IS CALLED A DIK DIK, VERY CUTE BUT SHY

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TWO MALE’S FIGHTING

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LOVELY LONELY TREE AND VULTURES

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VULTURES EATING FROM A CARCAS

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A SHOP IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE !!! THIS WAS IN MASSA MARA, THEY WERE WAITING FOR THE MINI BUSSSES WITH THE TOURISTS AS THEY ALSO HAD THE ONE AND ONLY TOILET IN THE AREA, THE TOILET BEING A HOLE IN THE GROUND AND A BROKEN DOOR BUT IT WAS EITHER THAT OR BEHIND A BUSH SO…..

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A FEW OLD WISE MEN FROM A MASSA MARA VILLAGE WE VISITED

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CUTE KIDS

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MASSA MARA MEN DANCING FOR US, THEY ARE ALWAYS WEARING A PIECE OF FABRIC WITH A LOT OF BRIGHT RED IN IT SO YOU CAN SEE THEM FROM FAR AWAY

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THE LADIES

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CUTE PUPPY’S

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ALL THE KIDS HAVE TO GO TO SCHOOL UNTIL THE AGE OF 15 BUT CLASSES ARE REALLY OVERCROWDED AND THEY HAVE NO BOOKS OR PAPER TO WRITE ON, NO PENS NO NOTHING, SO IF YOU EVER GO ON A HOLIDAY THERE PLEASE TAKE AS MUCH PEN’S AS YOU CAN, THEY’LL LOVE YOU FOR IT ! tHESE ARE THE LUCKY ONE AS THEY HAVE A CLASSROOM BUT MOST OF THE KIDS IN KENIA JUST HAVE A TREE TO SIT UNDER WHEN THEY GET LESSONS

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MY FAVORITE MAMAL

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BABOON

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IT’ A BOY !!!

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AND ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL LONELY TREE

To be continued.

ANOTHER LOST DAY FOR THE GARDEN

It’s been raining for over 36 hours now so there is not much to tell about the garden, instead I am going to tell you about the flora and fauna of Kenya where we were on holliday a few years ago.

Kenya is paradise for those who love the birds and the bee’s , the flowers and the tree’s and last but not least ofcourse the big mamals. On vacation we are allways on the lookout for plants and animals whether it is in Belgium or abroad, my husband is a very keen birdlover where as I love everything about nature. The hotels we stayed in were awesome, they all had beautfull gardens and the rooms were cottages in the garden, the food was excellent !

JUST CLICK ON THE PICTURES AND YOU’LL GET A BETTER VIEW.

A VIEW OVER THE SAVANNA WITH ON THE LEFT A HUGE EUPHORBIA TREE

GNOE’S OR WILDEBEASTS EVERYWHERE YOU SEE

MY FAVORITE ANIMAL : THE MONKEY !!!! I COUD WATCH THEM ALL DAY !!!

THESE ARE THE FRUITS OF THE SAUSAGE TREE, APPARENTLY THEY MAKE BEER OF THE FRUITS

BEAUTIFULL BIRDS EVERYWHERE

FLAMINGO’S, THOUSENDS OF THEM

I DON’T KNOW THE NAME OF THIS BEAUTY , FREMONTODENDRON PERHAPS ?

CACTUSTREE’S

I LOVE THE SHAPE OF THESE TREE’S, YOU CAN SEE WE WERE THERE IN THE DRY SEASON, EVERYTHING LOOKS DUSTY AND DRIED OUT

THIS IS AN ALOE, THEY HAVE PLENTY OF ALOE’S IN KENYA

A HUGE OPUNTIA

FLOWERS OF ADENIUM OBESUM

IS’T HE A PRETTY BOY ???!!!

A BAOBAB TREE

DEAD TREE’S EVERYWHERE, THEY LOOKED LIKE WORKS OF ART

AN EXOTIC WATERLILLY

I LIKED THIS TREE, LOOK AT THE BRANCHES !!!

This is just a small selection of the thousends of pictures we took. If ever you decide to visit Kenya you can make the children there very happy with something they can write with and with a t-shirt and shorts as people there are very poor and many children don’t have a pen or even a book to write their notes in.

This will be it for today, as of tomorrow we’ll get better weather but tomorrow I have to work.

ENJOY YOUR DAY AND YOUR GARDEN !! and thanks for stopping by !