Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Meet the family

The party was a success people! The food I made was a hit!! Tears were shed, plates were licked and a celebration of life was had. I took a few pictures of Julius and his family and friends. 

That's Julius with his family goofing around. That on the far right is Lorraine! Remember I mentioned her earlier, the one that keeps giving me kisses and hopes I will take her when I leave? Oh but she's adorable though. And Julius's sisters are just so awesome!! I loved meeting the rest of the family and they seemed to enjoy my company. After the initial shock of realizing what and an odd looking fella I was. 

I got to meet one of the greatest men alive, Julius's dad Jonathan!! He is very well spoken, gentle and very, very wise!! Everyone goes to him for advice and he always has the right things to say. That's him with that pesky Lorraine draped all over him. Granted he is her grandpa, but she's in every picture!...oh but I still love her!

Gross! Someone needs to have a talk with Lorraine! Pronto! This kissing business needs to stop! Can you see the horror on my face?

Teeheehee! You better believe it! I'd rather stand in this thorn bush than get one more kiss!! Ouchie! Ok maybe that's drastic! Off to find Lorraine now...

Sorry for the sporadic messages but it's  been very busy here. I'll do better....promise!!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Fun in Kilome!

The last few days have been very busy for me. We are preparing for a party and we have been running around trying to get things done.   Right now I have to figure out the ideal place the cooking will get done. We are going with the three stone setting you see here. It's best for big pots and cooking for masses. Oh you wouldn't believe the things I've learned here. Who would've thought I'd be cooking meals in big pots on bricks?! Awesome!! it's like camping, only better! The fact that I get to do it outside in great weather is just epic!

Will this be it? Hmmm! I can't decide. We've used this spot before. I'm using it now to warm up some tomatoes. I will then add some maple syrup, blend them and make an awesome soup!! It tastes better than it sounds. Yummy!!

Found it!  This is a better spot!! It's a little hidden away from prying eyes and I can put my culinary skills to good use without people peeking at what I'm making. I'm frying up some onions to make a chicken curry!! Yum. I have to be careful though.  It's very easy for me to fall into the pot or step on a hot log! ..or worse, fall into the fire! Ouch!!  Hmm I need more firewood!

Gotta make sure that the outdoor bathroom and latrine are kept clean before everyone gets here. I definitely, had to get used to the latrine. Never seen anything like it back home. That's because I haven't gone camping yet. A little fella like me could easily fall into one. 

Did I tell you all that this party is actually to celebrate the life of Julius's brother Jack? He was a wonderful man that left us way too soon! He will be missed tremendously.  Sob! Sob! Sorry, didn't mean to get you all sad too. 

Gotta make sure the dog, Wewa, is fed and comfortable. He will be staying in his kennel when the crowds come over just so that he doesn't nip at anyone. He's very friendly but tends to nip when provoked and as we know kids tend to do that! Can you see him behind me? There's a good boy!!

Hedges are trimmed and path is swept. Now the lovely Lorraine, Julius's beautiful niece thinks it's a runway! Look at her!!  Lorraine is so sweet! She has a crush on me teeheehee! She's trying to convince me to marry her and take her with me when I leave. She says she's never met anyone like me before...Pssst, I wonder if she's noticed I'm a little monster? Teeheehee! If she kisses me one more time....

Time to open the gates and let the people make their way in. Teeheehee I may need help with this one.  Meanwhile I will just swing a little on it until Julius comes down to help me. Who knew gates can be so comfy to sit on?

Toodles...I better go get everything finalized before the family gets here. I wonder if any of them have seen Bilbert?  We'll soon find out. 


Friday, May 2, 2014

Meet the farm animals!!

I'm having the time of my life in Kilome and I feel like I'm never going to leave! The locals speak a language called Kamba and i'm getting an ear for it. I've even learned a few phrases that come in handy.  Like "uka vaa" which means 'come here'. For some reason people keep calling me to check me out. I guess I'm odd looking enough to arise curiosity. The kids follow me around, which I think is very funny. Atleast they're helpful. Another word is "ya!"! Which means "eat". Everyone one is constantly trying to feed me. I'm starting to get a little rounder. Short and rotund has never been a good description of anyone! Anyway I wanted to show you guys a few of my farm animals.

This here is Kasau the little calf who's a little bashful and camera shy. She's very playful once she gets to know you. She even lets me ride her...So much fun!! Can you see the white heart shape on her forehead?? Isn't that so coolest thing ever???!!! Kasau eats a ton though. I guess that's why she's growing so fast!!

We're having a little chat here!  Kasau thinks I should give her napier grass instead. We are saving that kind of grass for the drier season. I guess it tastes sweeter than the regular grass. It has a very pleasant smell too!!



This big one is Kalombe and as you can see she's a very suspicious one. She looks at me like I'm up to no good..or maybe she's just curious granted I look a tad odd to her. She's getting a little skinny. We are hoping for some rains soon so hopefully the grass gets longer, greener and yummier!  Kalombe is tethered because she has a tendency to wander around and nibble on crops in my garden. Oh you should have seen my corn the last time she got loose! Disaster!!  She has the cutest moo too. Oh how I love it when she moos!! Mooooving along...

Here I'm standing by the chicken coup! I'm just about to let them out. I prefer to have them wander around and let them scratch and peck their way through life.  They seem to enjoy that even more than leaving them in the coup and feeding them grain. I just toss them some grain on the go as they scratch and peck the ground. They seem to chat as they do this. Sometimes I think one says a joke as they all cluck cluck cluck at the same time and then continue on their merry way. They're quite an amusing lot!

This is Nzamba the ring leader!! The rest of the hens seem to follow his command! They seem to go where he goes and listen to every word he says!! Oh I asked them if they've seen Bilbert anywhere but their simultaneously cluck clucking and head shaking was a clear indication that they hadn't.  I'm getting very frustrated! Oh where could Bilbert be?

Gotta keep looking. Now I've gotta run! I've got animals to feed, crops to grow and a brother to find..

Kwaheri!! (Means bye in Swahili!  I'm learning that too) teeheehee

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Wilbert starts farming!

All this land and fresh air got me thinking...maybe I could try my hand at farming! After running around in the fields feeling the wind in my ears, I think it's time to grow something!

Look! Spinach! Back home in Canada they call it Swiss chard! These grow fast!! After deciding to grow them just a few days ago, look how much they grew!! And it's all organic too!! Nothing like fresh sautéed spinach! Yum!

Look! The plants are taller than me!! Hey! That's not necessarily a bad thing!! It just means I can reach the base and pluck the weeds a lot faster than most of you! Plus the added bonus of not injuring my back! You poor tall folk!

Check out my small corn field! Since I'm light, I can climb the stalks and get a good close look at my corn!! ...Doing good I see!! These will be very yummy roasted over an open charcoal fire sprinkled with salt and spicy red chilli powder as they do it here!! By the way! Bilbert is not anywhere to be found! I even looked in the nearby forest where I had a very close encounter with a porcupine! Oh my heart is still pounding! On the other hand I had fun watching a few monkeys monkeying around for a while!

My problem is getting up and down these makeshift steps from the garden to the house!! This pinkish soil can be a bit messy too!! Nothing a bath and blow dry can't fix! I'm just not used to soil this colour.

Almost there!!! These steps will need to be altered if I decide to settle here! Or when I come back to build a house. They are definitely not hip friendly. Let's not forget the damage that Nathalee did on my hip when I was in England..I'm still recovering from that!

After reaching the summit..guess what I quenched my thirst with? A lovely beer they call summit! Ok so maybe mine has been emptied into Julius's glass and filled with ginger beer..we all know I don't drink! But I think that's a cool name for a beer!! ...and at the rate Julius guzzled it, it must be tasty!  Oh it feels good to relax after a hard day gardening!

More details on the farm later..

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Exploring Kenya

First I have to apologize for the late delivery of Wilbert's message below.

Hi everyone, I've been having a great time in Kenya. Everyone is so nice and friendly!! Probably the friendliest folk I've met yet.  They're just a happy lot here!! The weather is just perfect too!!!

Every morning starts with a fresh smoothie that has mango, papaya, passion fruit and bananas in it!! This is made by mama Rhoda, my host Julius's mum..Sooo yummy!! She is so sweet!! Oh I'm really loving life here! ....and the food!

I spend a few minutes watching in fascination as people go about their business. Everyone seems so busy in the morning washing and hanging clothes. Most of them singing as they do it. 

Aaaahh! I'm finally in the country side. A small village called Kilome and the air is just soo fresh!!! Check out this chair! Isn't it the coolest?! I have to be careful though in-case I fall through!!

It's a beautiful day!! The views from Kilome are incredible. The village is up on a hill and you can see far and wide!! You can actually see Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya on a clear day. Oh how I love it here!! Julius said I can even build a house on his land!! Isn't that just generous of him??!!

Isn't that a beautiful view!! And check out the lovely blue sky!! Such a beautiful day!!! I'm eyeing every bush to see if perhaps Bilbert might pop out of it. I wonder if he is in Kilome?

Off to search...will let you know..

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

GIVEAWAY - TWO DAYS LEFT!!!

2 MORE DAYS LEFT!

It's spring time! It's time to get rid of the old and get something new and fun! That old ruggedy plush needs to go...and make room for either one of these cuties!! I'm having a giveaway and you all get to choose one of two furry plush monsters or kitty below!! All free!! The winner will be selected on April 10th so get on it and good luck!

All you have to do is 3 things..

1. Like my page on Facebook.  Link is on the left

2. Share my page on your FB

3. Follow my blog (Besides you will really want to know if Wilbert finds Bilbert right?) OR Follow me on Instagram

Only those who do all 3 will be elligible to win.

I will keep track of all the entries and depending on how many entries I get, I will either get nominees picked from a hat... or I will number them and get a number picked randomly!!

You can always comment below if you have any questions or email me at doodledollies@gmail.com

Good luck!!

Once all 3 are done, comment 'done' on either Instagram, Facebook or here so that I can track your name. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

In Kenya at last!

Hi folk!

I'm finally in Kenya! My flight got a little delayed but I made it safe and sound! I had a wonderful time getting here!

Here I was just about to board! Business Class?! Ha I wish!! See how hopeful I look? I gave the stewardess the same look hoping for an upgrade and all I got was an extra packet of macadamia nuts and a kiss on the cheek! She was very pretty so I'll take that! 

Oh what fun!! I played some games, and listened to some dance music!! They even had some cool African beats to set the tone! Oh I was getting very excited about getting to Kenya!! 

I watched a few movies!! And some cartoons!! That was so exciting! I tried to sleep but the lady beside me, Stella, had a very loud snore!! Believe me when I say it sounded like three hungry piggies snorting and grunting at the same time! She was very sweet though. She happened to be Kenyan and she told me all sorts of stories about Kenya and what to expect!! 

When we landed you could hear all the commotion and excitement!! People talking about families and tourists talking about safaris.. Oh if I had a tail I would wag it from all the excitement I felt!! I usually wait until most people disembark before I do! People can be very pushy and the last thing I want is to get knocked over and stomped! No sir! Not today!! Not now!!

I'm here!! I'm here! Finally I'm here!!! Thank goodness away from the crowds too! Can you see the international Arrivals behind me over yonder? See the crowds? There was a bunch of people asking if I needed a taxi, lucky for me my friend Phil was there to pick me up!! I'm busting at the seams too! Boy do they give you tons of food in those flights! And apparently a lot of alcohol! You should've seen the drunk people staggering out of the plane! Good thing I waited to get out! 

Bye bye Airport! Bye bye Kenya Airways! See you all on my way out! Now I just have to get home, unpack, nap and start touring! Oh boy! I can't wait to see what kind of adventure and mischief I can get into here. I bet neither can you huh?

Sleep tight! Don't let the bedbugs bite! Teeheehee!