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30/3/14: shopping for plants Tanzania style

You may remember the picture of the one plant I previously had:


























Well, I'm pleased to say that it now has a whole load of friends!

























(Actually, just realised the last statement is an appalling example of anthropomorphisation.  Really shouldn't do this - plants hate it, so I'm told....)

Anyway, these plants are a result of a shopping trip with my friend and colleague Neil.  Of course, not possible to go shopping for plants without lunch first, so, off to my favourite restaurant, Waterfront, on Slipway, with magnificent views of the Indian Ocean, trust this picture from the outside gives a bit of a sense what it's like:














Garden centres consist of large numbers of plants on the roadside, this is quite a common sight here:



























Not uncommon to see these garden centres and really to struggle to see who it is who you would pay if wanting to buy a plant.  And - what about security at night, do they employ guards?  Maybe I could check this out sometime.  Anyway, no problem at this garden centre getting the most excellent service, here's a picture of Neil with two of the shop assistants:















Now, of course, no self-respecting garden centre will allow the customers to carry their own plants:















So I only got to realise just how heavy they are when needing to get them from my car up to my flat (but have to concede the existence of a lift, of course...)

So, I am the proud owner of a tropical plant collection!  Hellen will, of course, take good care of them.  It has occurred to me to worry about what I'm going to do when away for long periods of time - not the same league of awfulness as pets, let alone children, but a concern nevertheless....


One final thing before I finish.  The rainy season is upon us again.  Friday saw a huge down pour, corresponding with my having left my car at work and needing to wear a suit for a meeting at the education ministry.  So, solution: wear shorts, tee shirt and flip flops, and carry the suit and the rest of a complete change of clothes in a back pack.  Mission accomplished!  Very pleased with my ingenuity as I locked my office door on the inside and effected the transformation.  Umbrella only of limited use!  When it's not raining there seems to be less of a breeze than previously, so not able to use my balcony in the evening as mosquitos are able to settle.  Only a few months to go before 'winter'!



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