Things that are making me smile
- Settling into a new home and being woken by eagles on the roof every morning.
- The solitude and tranquility.
- Ultra-blue toucans dancing in front of the house every evening at dusk.
- Locals referring to the kitchen as the chicken.
- Playing my harmonica by the fire every night (I’ve got the Star Wars theme down-pat).
- Realising I can light a fire with one match first time every time – unlike up in a bothy in the Scottish highlands with my pal Shaun two years ago, where we had to resort to whisky to keep warm.
- Watching the floor move at night (ants).
- Learning that goodbye in diola is “Oily boat”.
Things that are making me grumble
- Experiencing my first Senegalese funeral and people here driving crazily after drinking. A friend died on Friday, minutes after offering me a lift which I refused as he was drunk.
- Apathy around Sundays national election by many around me.
- The wasps drinking from the toilet – although this does add some excitement
- Having to light a fire to make my first cup of coffee in the morning (although I grumble, I kind of like this).
- The “Blairwitch” noises from the bush in the small hours.
- Electricity (or lack of…this will be fixed this week…no, next week…inshallah).
- The water switching off every night: still, it could be worse. Last year Senegal water cut off Abene, and a nearby village, for two months as some people hadn’t paid their bills.
Okay, so some of these are insignificant compared to a funeral, but it’s the little things that can drive a guy crazy.
Fact of the week
Mumbo Jumbo is a particularly unpleasant Nigerian “devil” who controls women in polygamous societies.
Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless, and add what is uniquely my own.
|View from the end of the garden|