Steve and Pia’s house is about 6 Km down the hill from Emau near to the village of Amani. We did a bit of walking round there and did the walk up to Emau on the middle weekend that I was there. The topography is amazing with the huge plants and trees giving way to cultivated areas near to each of the houses. It’s not quite tropical and I think the correct term for it is sum-montane forest. Anyway it’s very pretty!pathemau.JPG

That’s Chica one of the dogs in the foreground. There are some amazingly big plants and ferns also – I did say I’d taken a lot of photos of plants.

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I don’t know if you can tell but the tree in the picture above has its trunk completely covered by a house plant! It is a Monstera or what is usually referred to as a Swiss Cheese Plant. Pia is standing near the bottom to give an idea of scale.

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Another Swiss Cheese Plant, in the garden up at Emau. The other plant in there with a more traditional shaped leaf is a coffee plant.

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We also saw loads of big tree ferns. I suppose I should have found out what this was called but alas, I failed.

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The path showing the red soil. Each of the houses cultivated a small amount of land, usually with bananas or pineapples.

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The furthest bit of this picture was in fact a boating lake for the Mzungu (white people) in colonial days. Now it just looks pretty.

And finally – this little dot used to wave her arms and grin every time we went past. The day I asked for permission to take her photo she refused point blank to smile, but she’s a cracker anyway.

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