Friday, February 11, 2011

lights out...

how this country keeps running is quite beyond me, oh bestests.
it's not through love and it's definitely not money. oh no. sheer determination and lack of choice, really. there is no more power as in TANESCO which is our electricity supplier.
it's definitely more off than on. thanks god (as everyone says here) for our little shiny red generator, which has been working its pretty lil ass off lately. my funky key rack keeps the light shinin' when the lights go off when everyone's at home...

i salute habari.co.tz, our faithful internet provider, who has doggedly maintained our internet connection throughout all these power cuts...how they manage is beyond me. biscuits and medals all round, i say. it's a shameful thing when a government fails to provide clean water and electricity to the people. i wonder what happens in the already understaffed, over crowded hospitals? it's a terrifying and deeply worrying thought. water is a problem now. we are fortunate enough to be able to buy our water on the hill. the horses have drunk what was left in the tanks from the last rainy season which i can barely remember. so we have to order big lorry loads of it, ten thousand litres at a time. the big blue maji safi (clean water) trucks now arrive at night, sometimes after eight o clock, trundlin' slowly up the ngorobob hill, the headlights orange in the red dust, because there is never any power in town or at water points to pump in the day. sometimes it will take three days for a water truck to arrive. i think of people living out on the Maasai Steppes where there is nothing - really nothing. maybe a stone eatin' ostrich or three...? and fields of dry stalks which used to be maize? i see the herds of donkeys plodding back loaded with water containers, followed by maasai women, holding their long sticks, their beaded necklaces twinklin' under the drought sun, slowly trudging home, with tired faces. home to what?

the cattle are starting to look skeletal, heads hung low as if their crescent moon horns are too heavy to bear for much longer. the only animals which still look fattish, albeit dusty, are the fat tailed sheep. (i think they are eating stones and termites or something.) and all the pretty horses, of course.

and there is no rain. still. i think the wind has given up too. it seems to have done a sly exit when no one was watching. given in to the sun who Rules. everyday is torpid, white, baking. the ground is bare and cracked and the heat relentless. sometimes it's hard to feel motivated. a little drink never did anyone any harm at all, no sirree. little vodkas spiced up with orange and mango juice, ya know? the ice making happy, tinkling music in my glass as i stare at an orange storm on the other side of the mountain, far far away, which simply won't blow this way. like the ngorobobs have a sign in the sky which says "NO RAIN ALLOWED HERE"... got to keep the majik goin' somehow. got to keep finding it. even the red dust stars seem spiteful these quiet, so quiet, dark nights.
must try harder.

Kitchen Board - Ngorobob Hill - 12 February 2011


my friend m says that TANESCO is officially a swear word now...ewkay.
toodely pip, oh bestest bloggie babes, bisous X.X.X. hot dust laden ones x j

20 comments:

Dumdad said...

It's a crazy world: you have no rain and Australia was flooded.

Bon weekend!

Miranda said...

Aaasome dolla. Amazing pic, that first one! Tatti says the water trucks no longer want to come up the hill coz of the humps??

elizabeth schmid said...

My darling,
this sounds dire and depressing
we are so used to having TOO MUCH here that
sometimes I long for less and then realise how horrid that is too.
Yes, how grim if the electrics went off at the hospital!
we take far far too much for granted
we have water aplenty and clean water too

sending you lots of love
from NY

we are off to Maroc for two weeks on Tuesday
so then we will be on the same continent for a while!

Janelle said...

hey DD...yeah i know! oz has taken quite a beating lately eh? feh. thanks for swingin' by. x j

yip mo. correct. the water trucks say that the bumps up the hill are too hectic and they WON'T come anymore...so? what next? how do you make water run UP hill? x j

thanks sweet elizabeth!! enjoy maroc eh?? love x j

Linda Sue said...

Oh how I wish I could send you our weather at least for one month- you would be so moist!
Fill the tub and dunk yourself regularly- and know that too much of a good thing is most unpleasant- I am SO tired of rain!!!
love!

karen said...

I do love your key holder! Hope you get some rain, and that the water trucks don't stop their trips up the hill..

If only the over abundance of water in some places could be spread evenly over the planet...

jonstorey said...

Wonderful shots, I really must try harder to keep up with your blog. Best wishes, Jon

Janelle said...

oh linda i can never be tired of the rain. no sirree! must stop being a weather whinger tho! thanks for stoppin' by. x j

hey karen..just saw a water truck going to miranda's house...so at least ONE is still trundlin' up the hill...phew...must try and jack it on its way home and place an order. x j

yes jon..you MUST! heh he...x j

Bill said...

Water is today's gold and diamonds. A warming climate indicates a tough future. Maybe "Water Wars" ... maybe you're living on the edge of a new battlefield.

Mud in the City said...

So hard to imagine sitting here under an (almost) spring-like sky in chilly London, but wonderfully described. Pretty sure the Romans worked out how to make water run uphill, but I don't think they were very big hills...

Just Another Savage! said...

Did you know Andre de Kock? worked for Robin Hurt, I've heard a rumor that he was killed by poachers. He was an acquaintance through friends from Zambia.

JoeinVegas said...

No water, no power, things I can't imagine being without.

Karen said...

Janelle, I hope your water woes ease up soon... when is rain supposed to start? is it overdue?

And the electricity: I hate to think about not being able to rely on it; that's awful... though I will say it's funny that the company name has become a curse word. :)

Do you think the hospitals have generators? The ones here had to use theirs when power was out two weeks ago (from an ice storm)...

I get a lonely feeling, too, from reading your post. I wonder why. Hope the skies give back your water soon and that the magic flows with it.

family Affairs said...

Rain dance time. I'm doing it..... Lx

family Affairs said...

PS - shall I post you some jam jars of rain water?? Lx

Huw said...

I must pop up and see you chaps, been a long time...did you ever find my metal trunk that I left under the bed in the guest bedroom in 2004! It had all my old valley maps, trusty panga, Nomad Tanzania overalls and photos in it, if you do see it keep it aside...another good excuse to come up and see you Craig and the sprogs!

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d i a n a said...

Give us an update, sweet Janelle! How are you? Are you flagging in spirit and energy? We are all out here rooting for you. Sending much love and restorative vibes your way.

D


I have an email correspondence to send. Need your address.

family Affairs said...

Darling, as I am supposed to be helping my children with their maths I have noticed that your blog posts are diminishing year by year and this is just not acceptable. THREE so far this year is by no means enough for your gorgous writing. GET ON WITH IT......

Lx

MzunguEriki said...

Janelle,
Habari Node appreciates your second paragraph. "Wow" they say.

Enormous amounts of expensive batteries.