Food and Drink

Dinning Out

When we first moved to Kenya, and when we had the ability to do so, we dinned out as a family once a week. The kids always looked forward to it, and I just love feeding people. Once we added all the extra members to our family it became difficult, nigh on impossible, to all go out. While the majority of the girls were off visiting friends and relatives we took an opportunity to eat Chinese. 

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Unfortunately when the food arrived we were a bit preoccupied and failed to snap a photo.


Biggest Farm Success! So Far.

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This little bull was born a couple of days ago, and for the time being, is our biggest success on the farm front. The birth went smoothly, or at least as far as we know. We looked across the field and saw the cow acting "strangley." Upon further investigation we found a slimy baby bull, otherwise known as a calf, on the ground next to his mom. After a bit he stood up, fell down, stood up again, fell, etc. till he found the udders and had his first drink. 

Everyone was excited to find a baby cow when they got home from school. Unfortunately for him he is destined for the dinner table, but until then we will grow him as well as possible. 

He is not the only success at the moment. Our new donated malnourished cow is doing well, and gaining strength with each passing day. She has had a few bouts with bloat, but thanks to knowledgeable neighbors we were able to save her. She has even started given us milk.

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We also have two horses, two donkeys, two chickens, and a couple of dogs that all appear to be doing well.

On the planting front our potatoes seem to be growing well. Hopefully the rains will be enough to grow some nice big spuds. 

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The learning goes on and on and on and on, but it is good to have somethings go right.


Planting Potatoes

 

One of the big reasons for buying land and moving onto it was to be able to plant our own food. Upto this week that has been limited to a few fruit trees and herbs. Now we have planted potatoes! 

I do not know much about growing spuds, but I can learn. First lesson: potato seeds look like tiny potatoes. We dug up the earth and planted those babies. If the rains cooperate with our plans we will harvest quite a bit of potatoes. Not sure how long that will take, but we will keep you updated. 

Most likely we will not plant anything else this year, except maybe more trees and herbs. Come January we will prepare all the land for cultivation. Still it feels good to have seed in the ground. 

  


Learning to Grow - Tree Tomato

 

I had never heard of a tree tomato before moving to Kenya back in 2005. They are popular here and can be found all over the place. I do not care for the taste of the fruit, but the children enjoy them. 

We planted one on The Shire and may end up giving it a buddy as well. Unfortunately I have since learned that the tree does not have deep roots and has weak branches. Meaning it does not do well in windy areas, and we have a high windy season there on The Shire. So we will not be investing much time and effort into the tree tomato.