As I’ve mentioned before, Steve met me at Tanga and after lunch at the Yacht Club we set off for Amani. Muheza is about 34 Km south of Tanga and once through there we left the tarmaced road. It is a long and bumpy journey and takes about one and a half hours to get to their house.

What a lovely surprise it was to see their house. It’s about 100 years old and was built probably by the Germans as this was German East Africa. Anyway it is lovely with a long covered verandah, and steps up to the door – as you can see here.


The cat is the girl cat who is quite aloof. Her ‘husband’ ahem brother actually ( slight delay in getting to the vet there) is a sweetie and very cuddly. Anyway, along the side of the house are plants that most people would recognise in the UK as house plants. So there were Swiss Cheese Plants, Aloe Vera, rosemary, Lavender and Mother in Law’s tongue.


I spent a hilarious morning trying to explain to Hilda who helps with the book-keeping that we have these plants in our houses. ‘Why?’ she kept asking. She couldn’t imagine why someone would possibly want to have plants in their homes.

Finally on another horticultural note – warning here, the majority of my photos are of plants! Here we have Steve showing off his avocados!