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Kili view from kilome

Kilimanjaro from kilome ©muokikioko 2017

The moon today from Kilome


Moon from kilome ©muoki kioko 2016

The moon as viewed today from Kilome left more questions than answers.
– There seemed to be a pivotal point at slightly above ‘East’ that has lines running down around the moon, more like a basketball marking. Is there a north/southern pole on the moon!??
– When you draw a line at centre of image from top to bottom, there seems to be a concentration of white spots especially on top half!! What are those white sports (natural or human activity)!??
– Crater s on the Moon can be clearly seen on eastern edges.
– There’s a dark shape visible even with naked eye that’s not made of craters that takes shape of antelope head/giraffe.  Why this dark shape!?

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©muoki kioko

Sky Dive Point..kilome


Happy New Year 2016.

Imagine flying like a bird, taking in ALL the views below you – letting the winds aid you in travelling.

Have you been to ‘The Sky Diving Point’ in Kilome!? A 2hour hike from the base or 3hr drive from Nairobi the capital of kenya using a vehicle with good ground clearance.

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©muoki kioko

Making Silage for Livestock


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

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. 
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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

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Kilome ‘s protein rich Chapatis this Valentine’s


Here’s another first. – PROTEIN RICH CHAPATIS. Made of protein rich


Fermented soya that has a slight course texture like half ‘atta chapaties’ but very high in protein content is the ultimate chapati for health aware individual seeking a pastry that’s dry and not starch filled.
It’s also good for vegetarians seeking dry foods that are non meat foods with high protein content!

So what’s the difference between Soya Powder & Soy Flour?
Soy flour is made by grinding whole dry soybeans into flour in the same way wheat kernels
are ground into flour. Soy flour
often contains considerable hull
material, is more coarse, and may even be raw.
Soy flour is often dry-toasted after grinding to improve
flavor and digestibility. It may be
used in baking recipes.

Soya Powder is made by cooking the soybeans before grinding. Soyapowder is finer than soy flour and usually has a better flavor. It may be used to make soya milk and it may also be used in baking recipes

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Understanding your power bills

1.Watts (W): are the yardstick for measuring power.


A one hundred watt light bulb, for example, is rated to consume one hundred watts of power when turned on. If such a light bulb were on for four hours it would consume a total of 400 watt-hours (Wh) of energy. Watts, therefore measure instantaneous power while watt hours measure the total amount of energy consumed over a period of time.
2. a kilowatt (kW): is one thousand watts while A megawatt (MW) is one million watts
3: So how much power do i consume in my house? 
– look at watt ratings on each device that uses electricity in your house ie I have 5 100w bulbs on for 4 hrs daily = 5×100×4×30(days of month) = 60,000 watthours per month or 60 kilowatt hours(kwh) × tarrif charge / hr from your power provider.
while same number of bulbs + same hours used but using 40watt bulbs will be equivalent to 5×40×4×30=24000watts consumed (24 kwh – ie kilo watt hrs). Therefore more brighter or higher rated bulbs means higher consumption in your power bill.
4. Are their devices that consume more power than bulbs at home?
– Yes, heating devices are the biggest users
Elec oven.     from 3000watts
Iron box.          ”      1200watts
Hot plate cooker. ”  1200watts
Water heater.        ”  479watts
Tv.                            ”  213watts

*multiply each by average hours you use in a day to get its consumption % in monthly bills.
eg TV turned on by children at 4pm to. 10pm = 212×6×30 = 38.1kwh/month minimum .

– while ironing for 1hr daily = 1200×1×30 = 36kwh/ month minimum. However your 5 100watt(“bright bulbs”) on for 5 hrs every evening will be 70kwh (almost equivalent to ironing+tv)!!!

Those with ‘spotlights’ for security face some of the highest bills, and this is why

– most spot lights are rated 300-1500watts. Therefore each  300watt spotlight on all night 6pm-6am ie 12hrs will consume 300×12×30 = 108kwh/month/spotlight.

So how do ‘smartphones’ affect my elec bills?
4 (four) people in a home with smartphones charging 2× daily = 4 × 5.45watt hours(1440mAh) × 2 × 30 = 1306kwhrs/month.

*it has been noted that homes with smartphones tend to spend much less time on computers,  tv entertainment and computer games thereby significantly reducing electric bills that would have accumulated from their 6-12 hour use of these gadgets entertaining themselves!

When gaming & internet are turned off on smartphones their charge tends to last 5-7days which would mean a decrease in charged bill by at least a factor of 10 ie for the family of four from 1306 kwh/month to 130.6kwh’s/month

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