i am here. i am still here. just snowed under... and back at school...
thinking of you though and missing my slow time on the computer, concocting tales of the unexpected and such things.
so a bulletin update as i am utterly exhausted due to the fact that i am entirely unused to being gainfully employed.
safari craig is back safely from the moyowasi swamps. if you look carefully at todays pic you can see him wading in leech infested waters, amongst miles of malarial inducing reeds, floating islands and croc infested water. tres indiana jones...
my sons have given me strict instructions on what to wear at school and i am, under no circumstances, allowed to wear my jackie o shades on campus, or god forbid, show any stomache flesh. godsakes as though i would on purpose....? i must have done in the past though for them to be so insistant about it....oh earth swallow me up, WHEN? apparently we are supposed to dress office smart. i thought i was spot on. apparently not. according to safari craig over tea this afternoon. and friend paul oliver (also safari man ) . apparently i look well, um, too hippy ish you know.... button UP and loosen it up a little...jeez. i thought i looked frankly, office smart bloody spot on....?
not so. must work harder on it. get rid of maasai beaded sandals and things...and move onto um, like WHAT? paul suggested sequinned brooches and lapels....now this is worrying. i know they joke and love my maasai sandals. i know they do.
i still feel a little lost on the curriculum and consequently like an imposter. these kids are all super bright too and will see through any bullshit. must act convincing.
my first born was hideously embarrassed when i told everyone over supper this evening that i conducted a meditation for the year 7 expressive art class....shouldn't i have?? i mean, what do i know.
the beeb are still filming around us. we now have a refugee camp at the bottom of the hill. bbc will be filming here on wednesday and thursday. the sitcom is called Taking The Flak, a black comedy on journalists in africa, written by a wonderful wonderful friend of mine called Tira Shubart. who is possibly one of the funniest women i know, the cleverest, the coolest and most adventurous. AND horse mad like me! HAH! she herself has been a journalist and recounts tales of being dropped in the middle of a desert in somalia and being suddenly surrounded by shiftas or pirates and thinking ok this is it then realizing these young warriors tinkling in silver and shaking automatic weapons very much in her direction were in fact, orating poetry, as it turned out; and not reciting her last rites from the koran - or dark cold tales of behind the iron curtain back in the bad old days, dodging bullets on icy streets.... she is a total fundi on the middle east and has written books and terrifically intelligent things like this.. my friend tira is one hellova woman and i throw rose petals in her path...and some! i am completely honored she is my friend. completely.
gabby seems to have settled into school...or at least is getting there. getting used to it. and mr shaw is settling into africa a little more as is ms frampton the art teacher. it's quite a thing coming straight from a kali london school, where students stab each other, apparently on a regular basis, to a little sleepy african school on a dry windy hill, blasted by unadulterated sunshine for most of the year, decorated by swarms of bees and birds and fluttery butterflies and puffy clouds....where things move slower and there are flies on your mealie meal. it takes getting used to. i loved the way ms frampton described mr shaw in the local market..."like a rabbit in the headlights.." ag shame man....oh and i overheard the headmaster, now my boss, saying to the year 12's " guess what? good news! we have tins tins and tins of kawasaki green paint for the walls!"
hooray. it made me laugh into my coffee in the staffroom. i am happy to be back at school. so far, it's inspiring...this is good. this is good.
Kitchen Board: Monday Evening: 15 September 2008.
Contributors: Rubin, Veronica, Janelle
Comments: i knew i should have taken this mornings board. there was a looooooooooooong list and one or two classics, dog borns being one of them.
and how could i have forgotten to mention: Geoff. The Chameleon: a common two horned chameleon who arrived on sunday for dinner, along with tom and india. he really is splendid. and deeply loved by daniel. although i have just been told by safari craig that geoff has been released. welease wobbin into the wild acacia behind the house. nevertheless, here is a really bad picture of him on the plastic flowers. oh and bob is doing fine. i think bob might be a really really old fighting fish. must try the mirror trick on him...oh that's for another post.....! anyway - i give you splendid two horned geoff.
toodely pip and bisous toujours xxx janelle