Fauna and flora

So far I haven’t bumped into any lions or elephants roaming the streets of Lyantonde. Being so urban there is no sign of anything so exotic unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately. There are plenty of birds around, some are only seen in flight or at a distance. Two such examples are cranes, crested cranes I think, which are featured on the Ugandan flag. These usually appear as pairs, so presumably mating pairs. I’ve not been close enough to photograph any yet. Kites are often seen gliding overhead. Storks of some kind are common. There will be a photo uploaded with this post of a stork, and a hen on one of the councils rubbish piles picking through for food. The two goats in the photo are just as likely to eat from the pile. I saw a cow on the pile before taking the photo.

The blue / purple bird is a frequent visitor with its mate around our work area at Salama SHIELD Foundation. They appear black until the sunlight brings out the colours. I have heard a bird in the distance that has a peculiar call, more of a warbling hoot. Occasionally I catch sight of a tiny wren sized bird working it’s way through a hedge.

One other thing we see flying around are wasps, photo included. They are feared for their sting. We also see bees, like honey bees. Plenty of flies of various types and naturally mosquitoes, fortunately not so many to be a real problem.

Other photos included with this post are an even bigger bottle brush tree than included with an earlier post. One of the flowers is included. The bright yellow flower also grows on a tree. The little shrub is an aubergine / eggplant with ‘fruit’ about the size of a garden pea. These are a little on the bitter side but mixed with tomatoes and any other vegetables they are good to eat. Also good to eat are eggplants that are actually egg size and range from green to white, they are nice. A few days ago I saw the first purple aubergines here.

Project 3, today’s turning

Our day started with torrential rain which delayed leaving for work. We eventually arrived mid morning. Today’s programme was to turn a leg for a ‘one legged’ stool. If you don’t know how that works I’ll post a photo when the stools are finished. After lunch we both made a chapatti pin. The object of these exercises was to give Lillian as many different experiences as we can fit in to the remaining time. Some of these experiences are new whilst some are being revisited from two years ago. The varied experiences should lead her to being able to be confident across the range of pole-lathe turning techniques. I also hope to introduce her to some other green woodworking crafts. Additionally today we revisited tool sharpening.