Easter in Kilome

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From these family 3 bedroomed cottages starting ksh12,000(yet to be advertised)

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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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The Cat & Monkey stand-off

We have the pleasure of living with wildlife in our compounds, so the other day as I was in the neighbourhood

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I found this stand-off between this cat (top left of image) and one of the monkey (bottom center with white patches). The cat refusing to move and the monkey trying to ascertain it’s freedom to move freely as it usually does in the compounds.
After a lot of heckling from the other monkeys it became apparent the cat was not going to let anything near it, reason

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Making Silage for Livestock

SILAGE MAKING

What is Silage?
Silage is preserved pasture!

It is an important way farmers use to feed cows, goats and sheep during periods when pasture isn’t good, such as dry seasons.

* Silage assists farmers store forage (pasture) for upto 2yrs while maintaining their full nutrients.
– Forage here includes Grasses, sorghum, millet, barley or maize stalks.

How to make Silage.

Grasses are cut and fermented to keep as much of the nutrients (such as sugars and
proteins) as possible. The
fermentation is carried out by
microscopic organisms living in the grass. The process must be carried out under acidic conditions (around pH 4-5) so as to keep nutrients and provide a form of food that cows, goats and sheep will like to eat.

Silage can be made
1) In plastic tubes
2) In trenches
3) On the ground

SILAGE MAKING IN PLASTIC TUBES
Forage should be picked when it’s most nutritious, just as you would choose the sweetest fruit for juice making.

Step 1:
Chop forage to 1″(inch) lengths, spreading 50kgs in a thin layer over a polythene(plastic) sheet/floor

Step 2:
Dilute 1 litre molasses with 3 litres of water. 
(Molasses is a by-product of sugar cane or sugar beet production into sugar that’s robust in flavor full of sugars nutrients & trace minerals after extraction of ‘refined sugars’)

Step 3:
Sprinkle the diluted molasses onto the chopped forage as evenly as possible and mix repeatedly to ensure an even spread.

Step 4:
Tie one end of a 2.5metre long plastic tube (available near khoja Nairobi at about 250bob a metre).
Place the 50kg of forage mixed with molasses into plastic bags and compact. 
*Molasses can be accessed locally from
BY GRACE FARM FEED LIMITED OFF MOMBASA ROAD
Tel: +254 20 2585681
Email: info@bygracefarmfeeds.com (www.bygracefarmfeeds.com)

Step 5:
Repeat steps 1-3 twice each time compacting thoroughly after adding the forage into the plastic bag.

Step 6:
Tie the top of the bag tightly ensuring as little air as possible remains above the  forage /molasses. mixture.

Step 7:
Store. away from. direct sunlight. or rain (NB: This Silage is ready after 6-8 weeks and can stay upto 2years as long as tube is not opened to let in air)

Making Molasses

www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpbUdAcpA2

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Kilome (Sub County & county) School Games

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Above we see a coach timing a participant in this years Schools swimming Sub County Games held in Kilome today.

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A sport that previously had only one school in the sub-county participating this time had 3 schools Kiongwani, Maiani & Mukaa boys sending in participants with a high level of skills shown

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Above is a participant in the butterfly competition and below are participants in the breast stroke event.

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Winners will be representing Mukaa/kilome sub county in the coming Makueni schools County games.

Some images from the county games a few days later
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Close finishes
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Determination of students, pushing themselves
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…to a point of hand’s being too heavy to lift :)
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With close co-ordination of officials officiating races..
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Can’t wait for another opportunity to cover all other games

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Inside Kilome – viewing Kajiado

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Biking trails with views of Kajiado & on clear days Kilimanjaro.
Remember to register your presence at nearest Government official or community leader, alternatively book for a pre-arranged tour package.

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