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Kasikeu Nites

Enjoy Africa Nature is some of the most Serene evening s in Africa while having proximity to modernization! My experience here and those even double my age ‘was to seek a spot’ atop a rock for sunrise… A feeling only you can express yourself

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How to Eat a thorn melons

Thorn melons are dryland fruits about 3 inches in length covered with spikes/thorns

Making it tricky to handle. Normally the surest way to tell that the fruit is ready is by the colour, which goes orange as it ripens. The other way also serves as a means of making it easier to handle

Is by slicing off the thorns and you will get a yellow fluid flowing out from cuts.

Then you can slice the fruit open to consume the green flesh and seeds

Enjoying picnics in kilome..

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Great views, Super FRESH Air!! and steamed goat meat from Ksh400 a kilo – beat that!!

Taking a break into Greater Makueni

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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’?

Watching Sirius (the skies brightest star) from kilome

Kilome is just south of the Equator in Africa, and having no bright human lights around it makes ‘star gazing’ and star photography superb!
It’s end of march and the moon is overhead early morning

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Moon @ 8am today 29/03/2016 ©muokikioko2016

This was taken today just after 8am and the crater’s on the moon were pretty clear!
However just after sunset by 7pm stars are very clearly visible, and when you look directly overhead at that early hour you will see a set of ‘3’ stars (same size and brightness) running in a straight line: follow the line leftwards/southwards while approximating 8× the 3stars – you shall notice an unmisable bright star to the naked eye. That star is called ‘Sirius’
Sirius is the worlds brightest star

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Sirius as seen from kilome ©muokikioko2016

Here you can see it with 3 other stars, the lowest just fading off.

mythology about name:
Mythology or The early stargazers might have imagined that Sirius and the sun caused the hot weather, or dog days.
Sirius has been known since ancient times, and its name signified its nature as “scorching” or “sparkling.” It was associated with the Egyptian god Osiris and other gods. Ancient Egyptians noted that Sirius rose just before the sun each year immediately prior to the annual flooding of the Nile River. Although the floods could bring destruction, they also brought new soil and new life. Fittingly, Osiris, whom Sirius may have represented, was a god of life, death, fertility and rebirth of plant life along the Nile.

Science:
The only things that outshine Sirius in the skies are the sun, moon, planets Venus, Jupiter, and at times mercury and mars.
At about 8.6 light years away from earth (a light year is 6million miles), It’s said to have a surface area about double that of the sun and a surface temperature of about 9400°c verses the suns 5500°c.

An interesting observation from here Kilome was that as I reduced the amount of light captured to hopefully capture more details like those on the Moon above i noted

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the smaller stars turned red in colour and eventually ‘Sirius’ too had an orange red glow to it.

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Sirius with red glow ©muokikioko2016


Above is Sirius, and below are
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Star details of smaller stars ©muokikioko2016


details around the lower two (2) stars

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©muoki kioko
2009-2016
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

Easter with family

What is your easter tradition!? Here easter means an opportunity for family member’s to meet up together, including those who stay far away.

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Musenyas kitchen ©muokikioko 2016

Part of the getting together is the feast and the many hours spent by sisters in the kitchen especially making ‘chapatti’.
Some of them stand out for the meal is not a meal until you’ve tasted their chapati’s, like this sister above who’s golden brown chapati’s  ‘peeeel off’ in layers! mmm yummy
They are so popular that people leave free food including home food to buy her chapo’s. Next time you’re in Kilome, ask for musenya’s . oh, and yes she makes full meals (equally as tasty).
Perhaps what she had to say speaks something about her foods

Quote
“I’m not willing to give anyone inferior quality foods than what I’d cook for my own family’s table”

…how did you spend your easter, what is your families easter tradition?

photos and text
©muoki kioko
2009-2016
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

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