A whirlwind has hit Nakakabala……….

..in the guise of Miss Geminy Maw, Amazing Gem!! The sun was setting before a car horn outside the big metal gates announced the arrival of our special visitor last evening but others knew she was here well before that. As we opened the gates we saw the car surrounded by smiling cheering children who must have followed Gem and Alex up the lane. I have often said that Gem’s smile is contagious and this certainly proved it as the community of children nearby St James had caught the Gem fever! Continue reading

A special visitor is coming from the UK, via the USA, Canada and Abu Dhabi, my friend Gem Maw!

I am once again sat under the Owen mango tree surrounded by chickens. Beside me is the local carpenter making a frame for a mosquito net for my friend Geminy Maw who arrives tomorrow. James has been asking him to come for six days and today I told James to tell the carpenter that the Mzungu Madam Gerry would not pay him unless he came at once. It worked! He has now been here two hours carefully planing strips of wood to size. He is also going to do a couple of other jobs for us and all this is costing 12,000 UGX (£2.50) They work for so little here. Also on the compound are two children helping James with the digging in exchange for a few shillings and some food. Continue reading

Thank you for the clothes, Dictionaries and luggage allowance!!

I have given many of the donated clothes out since being here. Not always been able to take photos but hope you can spot some of your own gifts. Everyone is very grateful as you can imagine.

Don’t they all look gorgeous! The smiles are what make the photos!

A special thanks to Stockport Lamplighters Rotary Club who gave me the wonderful dictionaries. I still have some at home to bring next time.

And of course Brussels Airlines as without their extra luggage allowance I couldn’t bring a lot of it out to Uganda.

So a big THANK YOU all round!

My day out in Kiyindi on Lake Victoria

After previous ‘days out’ with James I am always dubious of accepting his word that it is not many hours drive to his chosen destination! Ugandans have the tendency when you ask how long is a piece of string, journey, length of time for something, to greatly underestimate so ‘just a short journey’ could take half a day or more! Today, I am glad to say my doubts were proved wrong and we were using English measurements. OK, not quite, Alex my friend and driver for the day arrived 45 minutes late but that’s not bad! We set off loaded with my essentials water, camping loo, suncream, sunhat, fully charged mobile phone, first aid kit and mosquito repellent just in case we get stranded! You may laugh but I’ve been there, done that been stranded when the vehicle I was travelling in broke down or there was not enough time for the return journey before dark so had to bed down unexpectedly. Fortunately on that occasion with two lovely girls!.There is no AA or RAC or other emergency service we take for granted in the UK available out in the sticks of Uganda or even come to that, in the towns unless you have lots of money and pay upfront! So I now go prepared for every eventuality! Continue reading