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

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