There is this cute little boy that lives down the road from us. I am guessing he is maybe two years old. Anytime he hears the car, which being a LandRover is audible from quite a distance, he runs to the road and waves with as much vigor as he can muster. I have never heard him say anything (in Kenya is is common for children to shout "How are you" at passing white people) he just waves and smiles. I try to give him a worthy wave in return, and generally if anyone is in the car with me they will lean out the window and say hi.
I have never actually stopped to say hi. That actually might scare him and mess up a good thing. Little guys like him are one of the great things about living out of the city and in a smaller village. Kasambara does not have a busy road, which makes it easier to wave at a little boy on the side of the road. Plus the road is so terrible that one is forced to travel at a measly pace which makes it harder to miss cute kids on the side of the road.
Having now lived in Kasambara for more than two years I do not think I could go back to living in a city. I mean not if I have a say so in it. We have less noise, people, and bills cluttering up our lives. Which creates more space for us to be with the children and each other. A less busy space.
Honestly though when I stop and think about it our lives are not less busy, in fact we generally have much to do, but the excess noise is less and that helps generate a more relaxing atmosphere to live in making the work more enjoyable and less like work.
Creating the farm system takes up much of my time and energy. Not necessarily with the labor part, but just learning about farming. There is a lot of information out there and a lot of people willing to sell you their interpretation on that information. Processing data on farming methods has begun to take up bigger and bigger pieces of my days.
At the moment the farm is not producing very much food, though what we do grow and raise is delicious, however the infrastructure and development necessary for the future is going in. Some of what we have done:
- Some fencing, including creating paddocks for cows and horses
- Building a small hut for guests. This hut recently had a toilet added on to it.
- Building a house out of mud. This is our home, which is powered by solar energy and now has a hot shower (also solar powered)
- Building stalls for cows and horses
- Building two pig sties
- Building a rabbit enclosure
- Building a small chicken coop
- Planting lots and lots of trees
Now a list of what we would like to get done before the end of this year:
- Slaughtering house (not really a house but space to be able to butcher animals cleanly and more easily.)
- More fencing. In fact we would like to complete fencing of the whole property
- Planting lots and lots of trees.
It is only September, there is still plenty of year left.