Monday, November 19, 2012

Rugby days - Aurelie's post on Sam's first day of Rugby matches

So Samuel now plays rugby. It's his choice, not mine (maybe a little influence from Stephen, but that's it). Of course when I chose his name (I did) I had in mind a little of Samuel Beckett, I mean it's the first name of an intellectual, or an artist, certainly not of a rugby player. On top of that he's way too handsome and rugby men are not (at least after playing for a while).

Anyway he likes it. Actually he loves it. He is playing at under 6 level, which mostly to get an idea of rules, teamwork and training. No scrums, no upper body tackles: I can still watch.
And yesterday after 4 weeks the day finally arrived: playing matches, not just training! There is local tournament where they play against several teams every month, each time in different places on the island.

Samuel was very excited about it, I mean he could finally prove he was the fastest, strongest, of all the other players. Personally I thought rugby was about putting the ball behind the opposing team, while passing it backward, but hey what do I know.

Our first tournament happened to be in St Benoit which is quite the opposite side of the island. This meant meeting at 8.00 at the club in town. This meant leaving the house at 7.30. This meant waking up at 6.20. On Sunday. Because obviously for the first match we were all going.
Thankfully we had no need for the alarm as Samuel woke up even before it went off asking “are we going now?”

We arrived at the meeting point early, trying to get some info as where we were going (there are 2 stadiums in St Benoit). After some confusion we got an answer and even a map, so we left Samuel going on the bus as we headed with little miss car sick on the long journey to St Benoit. The trip was fine, beside the fact that the map given was totally outdated and the stadium mentioned was wrong.  It was ok though, we still arrived before the bus. Who needs organisation anyway?

Getting ready

After so much expectation leading up to the big day drama had to happen and it came about the playing strip of the club as the Under 6s did not get them 'cos there were not enough of them to go around (they got the blue training strips. Huge disappointment, avery sad face and a few tears. It's tough but to be honest, blue is a lot better than black and yellow.

Obviously he ended up playing on the furthest side of the pitch away fromour “camp” so I went first on the pitch to watch him play and take pictures. They play 5 against 5 (or 4) and good thing it's simplified rules 'cos as I saw Samuel running with the ball I was afraid he was going the wrong direction when he was actually scoring his first point. Glad he did not hear me saying “no, the other way!”. I should probably refrain from shouting instruction.

Sam with the ball

Running to support his team mate

Anyway he had a great day. He played 4 matches (I think) though it gets confusing as they take kids from other teams when a team does not have enough players. He was just a bit disappointed that he did not play “real” matches, so we explained that he has to start like this to learn, and that trying to not pass the ball forward would be a good next step.  He was so tired from the matches (and getting up so early) that he slept in the car on the way back home.

Guess it was the first on many other rugby Sundays... as long as I can watch.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Carraig Dúlra

As I've mentioned previously here last year before we left Ireland I was lucky enough to get involved with a couple of week long permaculture courses which were run by Cultivate/Greenworks in Dublin.

The two courses were run by a fantastic teacher by the name of Suzie Cahn.  She and her husband Mike have an organic small-holding in Wicklow where among other things they run courses and they also have an OOOOBY (out of our own back yards) store nearby (

While I've always been a Green, taking part in structured courses really opened my eyes to the world of permaculture, sustainable living and hands on skills.  Besides the great fun and the learning on the courses (and the great people), there was an immensely empowering feeling of realising that it really is possible to build things and grow things on your own or with friends (while I was always aware that it was possible I just didn't really realise that it was possible for me too and I think a lot of people feel that way, one of the perils of modern living is that we forget these things).

The other thing that really struck me on visiting Carraig Dúlra was how incredibly productive relatively small areas of land can be if they are laid out and designed well.  As mentioned in a previous post I'd love to see more of our urban green areas planted with food gardens and orchards rather than ornamental species, I'd love for more people to feel that sense of empowerment.

During the summer of 2011 after I had completed the courses I managed to get back up to Carraig Dúlra a few times with Sam and Ela and some friends I had made on the courses (anyone up in the Louth direction should look up O'Callaghans Edible Garden which is run by some of the folk we went along with).  Getting our hands dirty with the planting and weeding was immensely satisfying and the company couldn't have been better.  At the time we were living in Dublin and while we had plenty of green around where we were living it couldn't compare with the countryside and it was great watching the kids (ours and others) play and explore by themselves.  Below are some photos of one of those visits taken by Marie our au pair at the time (she loved it there too!).

So if anyone is interested in permaculture or just getting in touch with the land and hands on skills look them up and get involved!  February is the begining of the planting season here for a lot of things so we have plans afoot to get planting and grow more of our own food next year.

The orchard with the yurt and sheds beyond

The herb and vegtable garden


Snack time for Ela

The gathering area with a outdoor pizza oven under construction! 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

A bounty of fruit

We live in a cul de sac, about 50 metres from the local main road, today, while walking Ela back from school, I was struck by the variety of fruit trees (and herbaceous plants) that we walked pass in that 50 metres. 

There was a coeur de beouf  or custard apple tree (we have one of these in the garden too, its a strange textured fruit, not bad, just strange Custard Apple) .

Cour de beouf/custard apple tree

Just across from our front gate our neighbours have planted pineapple plants which are just starting to fruit.  I don't know why but I had always sort of assumed that pineapples came from trees!

The view of pineapples from our front gate...
...and a cute little pineapple

And of course there are some coconut trees, they are ubiquitous around here, in every garden and lining the roads.

There were half a dozen or so lychee trees, really really tasty   We have a couple these in our garden too and in the next month or so they should be ripe.  They continue ripening for about six weeks so you get a continuous supply, of course we are heading to Ireland and France for a month in five weeks so we'll miss the most of the season this year!
(Note to potential burglars, we will be taking all of our valuable stuff with us so don't bother, one of the benefits of not having that much stuff).

Then there was a mango tree.  Until you see it it's hard to believe the amount of fruit mango trees produce.  In a couple of months the sides of the roads around here will be covered in mangos as  there seems to be too many to harvest.

Mango tree
And of course there are bananas.  There are lots of banana plants on the way to the road (there is a banana plantation at the end of the cul de sac) but only three or four have large bunches of bananas ripening on them right now.

And lastly there are a couple of large Ti Jacques trees Ti Jacques (which I forgot to take a photo of, I'll add that in tomorrow!).

The thing that struck me (besides how bountiful the island is) was why this doesn't happen everywhere.  All over the island there are fruit trees, banana plants etc. at the sides of the roads and in gardens and fields but you got to Ireland or most other places in Europe and you don't see that.  Why is that, why aren't there more fruit and nut trees in gardens and on road sides?  I can't imagine planting a garden and not including mostly food producing plants and trees, so why don't we do more of it?

Before leaving for Reunion I was lucky enough to do a few week long permaculture courses with Greenworks and Cultivate ( in Dublin and it really opened my eyes to a world of growing your own food and sustainability and how empowering that can be, but that is a post for later (and one I will get to!). 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween at our house

Halloween was one of the big four holidays growing up, along with Christmas, Easter and Paddy's day, it always felt a bit naughtier than the other three with bonfires and being out after dark trick or treating!
Here in Reunion they are just starting to celebrate Halloween with costumes and themed sweets starting to appear in the shops (its only in recent years that I've really realised that Halloween isn't an international holiday. By all accounts it started in Ireland (and possibly Scotland) and migrated from there to the US. Now, bit by bit, its spreading from the US across the world).  They still don't really have trick or treating (though I saw a few last night, a first for around here apparently), but in our house, wherever we are, Halloween is big, Aurelie being a particular fan.  So over the last couple of weeks costumes were put together and decorations bought and constructed in preperations for a little Halloween party in our house. 
Ela Witch

Darth Vader and the Witch
A few of Sam n' Ela's friends and parents came over after dark and there was trick or treating around a couple of the houses here followed by suger fueled mayham in the garden.  It was a really good night and we got to chat, eat pizza and drink a little wine with the other parents (my, do I have to practice my French) to the sound of excited shrieks from the garden.  As a bonus we managed to finish up at just the right time, all the kids were exhausted but before there were any tears!

Here's to many more Halloweens!


Friday, October 26, 2012

It's a cat's life!

I've mentioned our newest family member, Toffee, here before.  It turns out that when I'm not here he likes to sleep on my pillow next to Aurelie.  Right here I'd like to point out that when we agreed to get a cat it was on the condition that it would not be allowed in the bedroom, I should have figured I'd lose that battle.  
The cat moved in while I was off in Guinea working and I came back to a pillow covered in cat hairs.  Each time I come home from abroad for the first night or two he tries to sleep on my head.  It's at times like that at 2am that I ask myself how did this happen, I distinctly remember saying no cat in the bedroom?
I took the photos below of Toffee over one day a while ago. As far as I can tell the cat seems to be a sleeping machine.
Sleeping on our bed

Still on the bed, my side of the bed.

He's Aurelies cat, still on MY side of the bed.
Yet still on my side of the bed!
Later, a change of scenery, sleeping on the couch.

As I write this Toffee is asleep on the couch...

Friday, October 19, 2012

More moths!

Its late here but before I go I wansted to post a couple of photos of some more of the many many moths of Simandou.  Our net connection onsite didn't allow me to upload photos so the posts I had intended to post from site (like this one) will be coming over the next few days.


Back home again!

Right, after five weeks in Guinea and a further week in Ireland I'm back home in Reunion.  I've taken a few days to catch up with the family and settle back into family life.  So from tomorrow I'll be updating the blog again with bits and pieces from my working life in Guinea and our family life here.

If anyone has any questions about pulling up sticks and moving overseas, our life here in the Indian ocean, working abroad or anything else please let me know!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A year and a day!

So a year and a day ago we arrived on Reunion and what a year and a day its been!

People who know me well know that I have been talking about travelling and moving abroad for years, decades even.  So in August 2010 Aurelie and I decided that now that the kids were here that it was time to put up or shut up and that by August 2011 we would be gone. 

That gave us plenty of time to think about what we wanted to do.  Our two main options were move somewhere like Oz or Canada and start new lives there with 9-5 jobs etc (similar to our (very nice) lives in Dublin, just in a different place) or take some time out and go somewhere a bit different.  In the end Aurelie said to me if we were to go we might as well go on an adventure and take a year out somewhere different, 

And that is how after examining a host of countries (including Belize, Costa Rica, Thailand and the Philippines) we ended up selling or giving away most of our stuff and setting off with Sam and Ela from Lyon for Reunion with just our airplane luggage on the 9th September 2011!

In no particular order here are a (very) few of the things that stick out in my mind from our first year of island living:
  • Getting off the overnight flight with Aurelie and the kids and Aurelie heading to get the hire car.  Setting off on our adventure to the far side of the island in a fog of exhaustion and dislocation and Ela promptly getting car sick!
  • That same day, how genuinely friendly the two local guys in the shop were when I went to get a few essentials with my pidgin French.  This is something that has struck me time and again since that first day, how friendly people in Reunion are.  I think it must be the island mentality!
  • Lying on a deserted beach with A and the kids and realising that this was home now.
  • Making friends with the guys in the hostel and how well they took care of us.
  • Watching the kids blossom with the outdoor, barefoot living.  In Dublin we didn't have the garden space, let alone the weather to just kick the kids outside and let them off.  Here the door is open all of the day and while playing in their room or watching somthing on the computer is always popular so are water fights, or playing in the hammock, or on the swings, or rugby etc.    
  • Getting smashed by the giant waves at the beach in Vincendo.
  • Ela getting swept from my arms by the same giant waves!
  • Dealing with island time, even the French comming from the mainland get driven mad by how long it takes to get things done - you have just got to go with it, its not going to get any quicker!
  • The local market.
  • Fruit from our garden.
  • Getting rid of most of our stuff and really realising how little we really need to be happy.
  • Aurelie telling me how happy she was with the move, this was always my dream for the most part.  To have her being so happy with how it worked out makes it so much more worthwhile!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Simandou Moths (and a beetle)!

One of the things that suprised me about Simandou is the huge variety of moths, varying greatly in pattern and in size from itty bitty tiny ones to some bigger than your hand!  Right now there aren't so many about in the rainy season but earlier on in the year they were everywhere.

Drilling here continues through the nights so when we go up to visit the rigs there are huge numbers of them to be seen attracted to the lights of the drilling rigs.

Of course moths aren't the only small beasties about (they are just the easiest to photograph, we had ants stealing bits of pringles that had fallen on the ground outside the bar a few evenings ago) and noise they make, especially in the evenings, is spectacular as is the sound of all the birds that feed on them!

One of the sad things here, for me anyway, is the lack of big wild animals.  They were here in the past there but they have been hunted out (one of the passes over the mountain is called elephant pass and one of the geologists here found an elephant's tooth not so long ago).  Of course compares to many other places there is still a fair bit of wildlife, dik-diks (tiny deer), monkeys of various types and chimps in the protected forest as well as lots of snakes and lizards!  One of the good things about the operations here that I've mentioned before is the amount of effort being put in to protect the environment from both the operations setting up and running the mine as well as from the local population through education  (bush meat is a big problem here.

On the dinner table!  I wonder what it's fuzzy rear is for?

Love the patterns on the big one.

By the door to my room, the corridor to my room is open to the air so we often have large numbers of moths attracted by the lights.
This photo was taken by my another geologist at night at one of the rigs.
And the promised beetle, for variety!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Above the clouds

At this time of year at Simandou (its the rainy season) we often have fog in the mornings and it can occasionally last all day.  The photos below were taken from the camp helipad which is above the camp, the camp is in the clouds below!

It can be fairly magical standing above the sea of white watching the sun rise (we have early starts onsite!), its a beautiful country out there as I've said before how fab it is to have this as a workplace!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

First day at School

Tomorrow is Ela's first day at school and Sam's first day at his new school.  Exciting times in our house. 

Last year the school closest to us was too full for Sam to go to, so he went to the next closest school which is just a bit too far to walk for little people (about 1.4km compared to about 0.5km for the closer school).  So even though Sam enjoyed the school he was in (and we liked it too) he is starting in the closer school tomorrow so we can walk to school each morning (plus the kids in his class will likely live closer to us). 

Last year when Sam went to school Ela wanted to go too but was told she couldn't until she was three, she was not a happy bunny.  Her third birthday was back in February and one of the first things she said on her birthday was "can I go to school now?".  We had to explain that school wouldn't start until August, she was sooo disappointed!  This year there have been occasions when Sam has been dropped to his class when Ela has had to be carried out of the school all the time wailing "but  I want to stayyyyy (in French of course)!".  So as one might imagine now that school is finally here she is one excited bunny!

I'm pretty sure that I mentioned here before that the system here is a bit different to the one we are used to in Ireland. First off you can start school at three and you must start by six. The first three years (from three to six) are called "maternalle", play school really, but the kids still go to the same primary school from 8am to 4pm four days a week, a long time for little people (they get naps)!

Secondly everyone who is born in a particular year goes into the same year.  So Sam who was born in 2007 started school last year when he was four and went into the second year of maternalle even though he hadn't been to school before.  Tomorrow all the children born in 2009 (including Ela) can start school.

Another thing that I have mentioned before is that they have full canteen lunches for all the kids who want them.  The food served isn't "kid" food but rather it consists of proper meals that wouldn't look out of place in a restaurant!  Its not free but its not expensive either (and I'm sure there are free lunches for those kids who's families can't afford them).  Also before leaving the school for the day at 4pm each child is given a healthy snack to take away, fruit or some bread and a fruit spread or similar.   

Its pretty impressive the primary school system they have here, plenty of teachers assistants etc as well a no prefabs as far as I have seen!  I suppose it part of the French social compact that still exists here (even if they haven't figured out how to pay for it yet!).

So right now the kids are in bed (if not both asleep yet), clothes are picked out for tomorrow and everything prepared.  A big day ahead tomorrow for our little people and all is well in our little part of the world.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Army Ants and back online

In the photos below you can see where army ants have made their own path across one of our paths through the forest.  If you look closely at the you can see where the ants have made little earth walls along the sides of their path.  what you can't see are the scouts that flank the path.
I didn't get to take more photos as I was too busy swatting at the ants that had swarmed over my shoes and up my legs and were biting EVERYWHERE!

I for one would like to welcome our future ant overlords.

On a completly different note you may have noticed that there hasn't been any updates on the blog over the last few weeks.  That was due to truely lously net access at camp that prevented me from uploading anything.  Right now I'm in transit home from site so expect more updates about life on site and on Reunion once I get home.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Winter Barbeque!

Well I'm back in Guinee again, working away for the next four weeks (I leave here for home on my birthday, I'll celebrate it in the departure lounge at Conakry airport, sniff sniff). 

Before I left though we had a barbeque at the house with some friends (it's winter at the moment, see Aurelie's poncho and the kids layers of clothes).  Our barbeque isn't fancy, just a ring of stones, wood from the garden and a grill, it does the job though and it was great to catch up with friends before I headed off again.

Barbeques are a thing they do well in Reunion, all the one's we've been to have been simple set up's just grills over stones or half barrels.  With tastey Creole food (pork or chicken usually, there is very little beef or lamb here) and drinks with family and friends, what could be better!  Ours was a small affair but when it's a bit warmer you'll find tent encampments everywhere down by the beach with groups of 20 to 30 or more family and friends all having weekend long barbeques!

Aurelie and the kids

Marie and the kids, my hammock was popular!

Looking beautiful!

Laurance and Jean-Fabien take control of the barbeque

And the result!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Friday, June 22, 2012

Sam's To Do List!

I'm back home now for a couple of weeks. I got in on Monday morning and Aurelie and Ela headed off to France on Tuesday morning for nine days, leaving Sam and myself  to have a boys week together! 

'Cos Sam knew he wasn't going to get to go to France to see his mami and papi this time he got to make a list of things that he wanted to do with me for the week that we would be by ourselves.  So when I got back he eagerly showed me the list magneted to the fridge.

  • Watch movie Episode 6 (Return of the Jedi)
  • - Over the last couple of months Sam has seen all of the other Star Wars movies (see Aurelie's post on this!) but has been waiting for me to get back before watching the last one.  We are planning to watch it tomorrow, there will be popcorn, exciting times! 

  • Eat bouchon sandwich
  • - bouchon are sort of like dumplings, and they are tasty!  One of the most popular snacks here are bouchon in a baguette with melted cheese on top, double tasty!  For some reason his mother doesn't make them for him (so far this week I've made them at home once and we had them at a snack once (a snack is the name of little places that sell snacks here).

  • Go to Etang Sale
  • - Etang Sale is a black sand beach which Sam likes to go to but the waves tend to be a bit much for Ela so Aurelie doesn't take them there by herself.  we have been once already this week and had a great time.  If the weather is good in the morning we'll be off there again!

  • Play Rugby
  • - Well, Sam calls it rugby, mainly I call it cheating!  Lots of running and tackling in the garden.  At least Sam knows enough about rugby to cheer for Ireland rather than les bleus!

  • Look at space ship Lego on PC
  • - The Lego website has a lot to answer for!  And not just any Lego, Star Wars Lego.  Sam is building up quite a collection (and he doesn't know what is stored on top of the wardrobe, is a dangerous, dangerous place with lots of Star Wars Lego!).  Really how evil are the people who came up with the idea?  Lego and Star Wars, it's like crack for geeks!

  • Do water fight
  • - Self explanatory really, we have supersoakers and water balloons, there will be war.

  • Play Ben 10 cards
  • - Apparently if he can find them we'll be playing the Ben 10 card game.  Not sure what this entails but I'm pretty sure that Sam doesn't intend to lose.

  • Have a BBQ
  • - Planned for tomorrow evening.  We've made a circle of stones where we and rest a grill and have lots wood from the garden.  Sausages and husks of sweet corn have been bought so there will be burnt food for dinner tomorrow!

    So that's what our five year old wants to do with his Dad.  On writing and thinking about this a few of things struck me, prominant among them were;

    Firstly, how profoundly lucky I am to have such a happy healthy little boy who wants to do all these things with me and how lucky I am to be able to do all these things with him.

    And secondly, how lucky he is to lead the life we lead.  Spending time in Guinea and things that have happened there has reminded me how little so many people have, how privilaged we are and how precarious our lives really are. 

Friday, June 1, 2012

Things you need to know before introducing your kids to Star Wars.

Aurelie's take on Star Wars and kids from her post from Facebook: ·
This one is kind of about parenting. Not that I want to give advice to anyone, this is more like a warning in case you are as unprepared as I was.

First I want to say that I was not (am I now?) a Star Wars fan. I had watched all the episodes once, the old ones about 12 or 14 years ago, the new ones whenever they came out. So this was not my idea, it was Stephen's.  After being assured that it was not too violent for a (sensitive) 5 years old, I said why not, I would probably enjoy watching it again too in this family bonding time. The only issue was that Ela (3) ended up watching as well, hopefully she'll be ok and won't have long term damage!

At first Samuel refused to watch the movie cos it was too scary, but curiosity won and well, it was a hit, and with that a few unexpected consequences:

1) From breakfast to bed time it's all about Star Wars. Don't expect any other type of conversation. Any attempt of normal conversation is either interrupted by some Star Wars related question, or just ignored until a Star wars statement feels appropriate, probably with no relation at all to the initial conversation subject. I'll give a list (not exhaustive, that would be impossible as more come every day) of questions I get on a given subject, light sabers:
  • Are light sabres stronger than metal?
  • Why do Jedi have blue or green?
  • How do they get them?
  • Why only Jedi have them?
  • Why do the bad ones have red?
  • Can I get a real one?
  • Can you make one?
  • Would they cut through anything?
  • Is it the same button to turn on or off?
  • Can they be other colour? And what about black?
  • Why can you not make one?
  • Can good guys have red ones too?
  • If I become a Jedi, can I get a real one?
This only about light sabres, now you multiply this by the amount of possible subjects (size and shape of space ships, planets, characters, relationship, clothing, robots, lack of toilets...) and you get my day.
This can be fine if you are a Star Wars expert, if not it may lead you screaming (out loud or in your head, depending the frustration level) “I don't know, I don't care, it's only a f*** movie, light sabres don't exist, it's all made up, just like f*** Santa!" - oups-.

2) Don't be a fool thinking “its just a movie, its cheap entertainment!”. Even Sam, who never bgets to see adverts on television has managed to get a glimpse of Lego Star Wars. So as the weak parents we are we got something small to make him happy. This has lead to the discovery of the existence of more lego space ships (the lego instruction booklet helpfully included some ads for more Star Wars lego!). Someone may even have been be foolish enough to show Sam the Lego web site, where they have ALL the space ships. I now have Samuel's christmas wish list ready in May, and mentioned every day to be sure it's not forgotten, and no pressure to get anything before, just because he is a good boy and he wants it so much....
Also I have a request to come up with Dark Vader costume for Halloween (at least the Emperor (Ela) will be easy to make).

3) Of course kids don't watch movies once, or twice. They have to watch it over and over without apparent limit. Who said I was against TV in their room? Or maybe even just a TV, so I could actually use my computer in the meantime (which is the only audio/video media around when Stephen is away).

4) Being the 1st "grown up" movie they have watched, it has also raised a lot of more existential questions for which I had to come up with accessible answers from a 5 and 3 years old.
  • Death. If death by guns shots was no problem, other death causes had to be clarified. Yes, people on board of exploding spaceships in space will be dead. Is Obi-Wan really dead if he still can talk, I'm not sure... it could a Force thing. it was a tough one to explain Anakin's mom and Padme (which he has not watched, just been told - and now I'm so glad I don't have to explain child birth!)
  • Slavery. People working without getting paid, I know crazy stuff, and the worse part, it was actually quite wide spread until recently on Earth. And still happening...
  • Deception. How to pretend to be a good guy when you're a bad one so they don't thing it's you. Please don't learn from that.
  • Turning from good to bad. Proof of a weak mind, never trust a bady, he is just going to use you and get you killed at the end.
  • Gender equality. Women can lead and use guns, good. Still there is a lacking of women Jedi and pilots that I can't explain. They are probably around, just not on camera.
  • Emotions. Yes it's possible to feel so sad you want to die, and to feel so angry you want to kill every one. But it's better to talk about it before getting to this extreme. Anakin and Padme did not talk enough.
  • Power. Some people like it so much, they always want more, and will do anything for it. And then get killed by someone who wants it even more. Not a good thing to be interested in if you're not willing to share. and give it up after a while.
So that's it. We have watched all episode but the last (Return of the Jedi). We are waiting for Stephen to be back to see it so HE can get all the questions. The problem is that now Samuel finds it easier to talk in French than English, so unless Stephen boosts up his French comprehension, I'm going to end up answering anyway...

The Emperor versus Luke!

Make love not war ;-)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

More from Simandou

This week I took some long distance photos on the point and click camera that I am using for work using the inbuilt zoom.  When the sky is blue and the air (mostly) clear its spectacular here.

Big Sky

A local village in the distance

Home sweet home!

One of our neigbours

 I know the last few posts have been short on words and long on photos, it'll be a longer post next time, honest...

Thursday, May 24, 2012

And you think your commute is tough....

Today I took some photos along the route up to where we are doing some of our work (we are working on two ridges, Ouelaba and Pic de Fon, the photos are from Pic de Fon).  It really is spectacular here!

Looking North

Looking South

Looking East