Saturday, February 5, 2011


I could tell you my adventures, beginning from this morning... but its no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.
~ Alice in Wonderland

kwaheri and asante sana

~ hibiscus

Friday, February 4, 2011

"If I know a song of Africa...does Africa know a song of me?"

One is pregnant, one is in love, one is famous (just about) and one is getting married.
As for me? I am leaving...not yet, but soon...following the swallows down South...back to my friends and family.
We have decided it is time to say goodbye to our seems so long ago that we where at Desert Rose's house excitedly putting together the 1st post and drinking bubbles to celebrate!
Much has has happened.

But there is no doubt in my mind that there will be laughed, talked, cried, gossiped and mused over many a glasses of wine in the near and not so near future with these girls.
You have all touched my heart and dusty Dar has changed me...

It has been nearly two years and my obsession with Karen Blixon shows no signs of leaving me!
So I think it fitting to end my last post on Mangotree Musings with a quote from my favourite Out of Africa.
In the final chapters when she has to except that her fate is to leave her beloved Africa she writes: "It was then, from hour to hour, a lesson in the art of living in the moment, or, it might be said, in eternity, wherein the actual happenings of the moment make but a little difference."
For my last months, in I will be living in the moment, or, it might be said, in eternity, in Dar...


Monday, January 31, 2011

Time to say goodbye

                                                   (google images)

It is never easy to say goodbye to anyone, anything, anywhere....

But sadly the time has come that we have to say good bye to our friends of Mangotree Musings.

We are slowly being reduced to only two musers left in Dar es Salaam (at the end of May dear Andizi will make her way back to the bright and sunny SA)
Thanks for all the love, comments and support - we had a lot of fun telling you about our journeys, adventures and tit bits of a place that we all love.

All the best for 2011 - it's gonna be a good one!
Till next time!

~desert rose~

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

T'is the season

Two of my favourite things about Dar are in season:

1.  Mangoes
Best eaten in the pool or in the bath - they are juicy and messy but well worth the threads stuck in your teeth afterwards!

Please note: you have to buy them from the fruit guy with the basket bicycle by the side of the road - they just taste better than the ones from Shoppers.  And because I am a regular with old John, he often rewards me with a "gifty" - usually an extra banana.  Best bananas and best mangoes in the world...even named our blog after the glorious mango tree and myself after the humble nzidi!

2.  Flame trees
The intense orange cloud of flowers just bring me joy every time I see one!  It is one of the prettiest things about Dar and makes me want to rush out, buy paint and clumsily try and capture it...which would be impossible (Because I cannot paint and it is just too beautiful).  So instead, when ever I drive past a flame tree I! 

Two of the things that make the unmerciful summer heat in Dar a little more bearable.


Monday, January 10, 2011

2011 Here I Come!

This year can ONLY be better than last year! 
So I am kicking it off being positively positive...
To full glasses! (and hopefully they are full of wine!)