Inside Kilome – Mwambwani shrines

Standing at 5934 feet above sea level are these UKambani shrines

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Entry is best through Sultan Hamud on mombasa road. An alternative is through Nunguni at the top of kilome hills that’s ALL tarmac from Nairobi some about 125kms. Turn off to Nunguni from Mombasa road is at 100kms, where you turn left for remaining 25kms of tarmac. Thereafter seek local directions from closest Government office or book a local guide who will also explain how the shrines were used.

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African Dog Species

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Did you know that Africa has indigenous dog species, some of which are internationally known and highly valuable?
So what makes a dog species valuable?
First is it’s temperament around the home, how good is it around children? some dogs don’t like being touched! A good example are the short ‘basengi/basenji’ dogs that don’t like being touched, but are very loyal to their masters. They will stick by their master, but tend to sit away from him/her waiting for commands while the other dogs sit next to their masters. They are also very cooperative with other dogs.
The other is that each type / species has it’s character that is usefull. Though it (basengi) doesn’t like being touched, it doesn’t appreciate strangers in it’s territory – thus making it a very good gaurd dog as it won’t entertain a stranger in it’s owners compound. However, it has another interesting character on farms – it’s an egg thief :)
Other dogs are good for hunting, while others are good at initiating play amoungst other dogs and children. Others are excellent herders and are traditionally used to herd sheep in Northern Africa.
There’s one dog type found here in kilome I’ve not been able to identify. Anyone who knows what species it is can let us know. It’s color reminds one of a hyena.

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I’ve also noticed its the most alert in terms of anything unusual happening in neighborhood and tends to alert other dogs to check out what’s happening. I’ve also never seen it pack with other dogs when damsels are on heat.
Pure breed dogs are valuable in markets with prices starting about Ksh 20,000 ($250) a pup here in East Africa. To be certified pure breed it needs to have identifiable records of about 4 generations of it’s parents (same species) and fully vaccinated. In East Africa there’s a Kennel club that keeps records of certified dogs [The East African Kennel Club]

To learn more on the popular 9 African species that are internationally known (click Here)

Here’s where the Dog business gets interesting and super valuable!
“The more you selectively breed a breed for a character that the market requires, the more valuable your dog breed/hood becomes”

Read about Hip, Eye & DNA scoring done on registered dogs
http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/services/public/glossary/health-tests.aspx

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Giraffes crossing Highway near Konza

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Making ‘Eye Shadow’

Eye shadow is a cosmetic that’s
applied on eyelids and under
the eyebrows. It’s commonly used to make wearer’s eyes stand out or look more attractive.

Eye shadow can add depth and
dimension to one’s eyes,
complement the eye color, or simply draw attention to the eyes.

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eye shadow ©wikipedia

Required:

Titanium Dioxide (Kwale)
Zink oxide
Kaolin clay (ukambani)
Rice Flour (mwea)
Iron oxide – yellow (hardware)
iron oxide – red (hardware)
Mica’s – various tints (rift valley)

kaolin clay helps in creating gliding effect and reduces sticking. Rice flour acts as a filler to avoid caking effect of powder mix, while the Mica’s are to create the glowy/ shimmering look when applied.

Equipment:
pestle & motor

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Motor & pestle ©http://eco-friendlycookware.com

– best are those made from hard smooth rock like marble

instructions:
Add all colours and pigments all at once into motor. This helps you remove streaks/lines from mixture
Mix these pigments with hand grinder( motor & pestle ) until mix is smooth and consistant.
After adding ‘Mica’ do not grind much, to retain glitter particles.

test your eye shadow on your skin to ensure you’re getting desired colour. Variable will be the iron oxide colors so as to get differing colours.

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Easter in Kilome

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From these ‘Family 3 bedroomed cottages’ starting ksh12,000(yet to be advertised)

to ‘A Boutique accommodation’ (http://kilimakiumanor.com/)

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camping in community held grasslands or hills of this location. These are some of your options for accommodation as you relax
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in the scenic ukambani landscape that includes waterfalls, either as a group or with family

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Discovering some beautiful local insects & birds
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get guided by community guides through kilome Landscapes

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or just drive around enjoying the scenary (that may include Views of Kilimanjaro) or visit Rock 14111
https://kilome.wordpress.com/tag/rock-14111/
For the youthful and curious one’s go game driving on the konza plains or take on ‘Photography’ of nature
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karibu kilome
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As it’s Easter you can also sample attending a local Easter service.

Don’t forget kilome has sweet, fresh local fruits, pass through a local fruit stand and enjoy farm fresh fruits!!

or

For a souvenir Shop for these kilome baskets and other items to carry home as a local souvenir or to make business with back home. Use this link to interact with those who make them to ensure they are genuine
https://kilome.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/kilome-baskets/

NB:
The first 2 accommodations have swimming pools. For community camping & community guides email: kilomeinvestments@gmail.com
or call 0722 891689

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Kilome Baskets

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Kilome Traditional baskets made by women, a hand crafting skill that is taught from childhood to adulthood for one to make a basket of acceptable quality in the community.
To visit a group making them or make an order you can use email: kilomeinvestments@gmail.com or call direct +254724821032.

*these are baskets handcrafted to last a lifetime.

Those mature in the field are also mature individuals who appreciate being given their space to craft, come up with new designs including weaving your name into your basket and billing fairly for their skill. All individuals covered here representing the community ‘work with integrity’.

– should you want leather finishing or branding use email provided above (sample of their works below)

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No time? Quick fix kilome Mango Pilau

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I have rice, no stew or time for stews.
Simple, either fry dry rice in pilau mix or with onion and Tomatoes then boil as usual.
This is ‘ngoe’ mango season here in kilome, and the joy of purchasing it in kilome is that the mother’s will help your child pick one as if they were picking for their own. Pick one that’s just beginning to ripen and peel. Then cut it into cubes and dress the top of the boiled rice as you serve. Best done when rice is cold
Enjoy that tingy kilome test that will keep you wanting another kilome bite any time of the day

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