Hallo, Hallo ..

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Hallo! ©muokikioko2016

Talking/communicating with friends while enjoying such majestic views all around you can be an experience to behold. with phone network all around these scenic spots communication can sometimes be a breeze off peak hours while on 2G or 3G setting.

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communication viewing kilimanjaro ©muokikioko2016

…what would it be like for you to explain to your friends that you are speaking to them with such a view infront of you barely 2hrs from an African city? there are such splendid views all round here in Kilome within communities..no matter time of the day especially if you are willing to slow and explore!

Rains are here, and…

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sitting by the waters edge ©muokikioko2016

i’m kind of used to a croaking sound from these creaters, and so when it starts raining and the croaking ends. Instead you start getting a high pitched chirping sound, more like birds but in the dead of the night that got me curious.

But any time i got to stop near the water bodies the continous chirping ceased. So i decided to start playing the patience game and boy was i rewarded!

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frog with blown up throat ©muokikioko2016

sitting there Looking like a jazz musician about to blow his trumpet – they fill up their throats with air to a point you can clearly trace the vein network on the sac. Hold the ground firmly, test flexibility of air sac to retract and blow up again. Finally they hold their bodies steady and let the air sac’s chirp, first in low tones then it goes picking up in sound…

Wow…i did manage to capture the process in full HD..

 

 

Day of the Moon

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how bright moon was today 14th Nov – 8:00pm ©muoki kioko 2016

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supermoon in kilome, today it was at its largest (14 Nov 2016)

“The most spectacular supermoon since 1948 will light up the sky, appearing 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than usual.

The event on Monday November 14 – described as “undeniably beautiful” by American space agency Nasa – is the result of the moon coming closer to Earth than it has done for 69 years.

Nothing will match it until the moon makes a similar approach on November 25 2034.” – Daily Telegraph

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 Super moon lighting up the landscapes 8:30Pm ©muoki kioko 2016

Making the skies of kilome in Africa resemble an early morning sunrise photo of the sky. (*no images have been edited)

Abseiling in kilome

Since the expedition began in the morning till around midday when we got here, i had been eyeing this tower from afar. Used as a vantage point by baboons to raid farms far and wide, the rock was a beauty on every edge. Some sections i could already visualise myself hanging perpendicularly on it’s clean vertical walls with the world waaaay down theeere…

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sitted on the cliff edge ©muokikioko2016

with their expert knowledge of their area they(guides) got me to the top of the tower without use of gear..now was my turn to amuse them as i set up a three point anchor and off i went from the top of the tower enjoying every second of the closest vertical wall abseil.. wah, i wish we had the time to rock climb this wall then eeenjoooy every second of abseiling on the Main wall..

Below you can see one of guides waving at me from top of tower (to right of climbing rope) as i abseilled..

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due to time we had to disembark to continue our expedition that got us back to our transport after 8:00pm..damn, time moves so fast when your at a exiting location!

if you’ve never abseiled this tower, you’ve never been to kiima-kiu kalonzoni..

Proop, proop, prooop

With their distinct light blue underbellies

Making loads of proop, proop sounds as they swarm an area

These annually migrating birds move in flocks from Europe and asia and are here on their way down to southern Africa and are known as ‘Eurasian Bee Eaters’.

Looking at their size and thinking of the journey they make annually gets me asking – if this small creation has the courage to cross oceans, desert’s and seas on its small wings ‘What does that say about a people that have Never visited the village next door’?

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Ostrich farming (Part 2)

Ostrich value chain © ostrich business planning

Above is the ostrich value chain and below Ostrich leather product being sold locally

Ostrich leather purse © muoki kioko 2016

Ostrich Processing

Ensure there is a supply of slaughter birds to keep the abattoir commercially viable.   

Processing includes all of the following activities:  – – – – – – –

  • slaughtering birds  
  • deboning the carcass 
  • value adding the meat (portioning, ready meals, hams, bacon etc)  
  • skin tanning  
  • manufacturing leather goods 
  • cleaning and dying feathers  
  • manufacturing feather products

 The ostrich has a unique fat pan that carries other manufacturing opportunities once consistent quantities of a fat are produced

As ostrich is a new industry it is understood that there is a lack of product knowledge from producer level right through the chain and as a result the market is confused with differing information.   

Examples: – – – 

  • Dark and light coloured muscles being accepted as normal and/or age or genetic related, when the cause is nutritional.   
  • Genetic influences on hides have been taken as caused by age at slaughter 
  • Less tender meat cuts being sold as Filet quality  
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