Althea sent me a great picture of one of the basket stalls on the market in Tanga.  I just love the way in which the stall holder is lounging back and working out his profits for the day.  It’s a shame he hasn’t got a mobile phone in his hand.


If you look at the left hand side stall, he is also selling conch and other types of shells.  I actually bought half a kilo of cowrie shells – for no other reason than we used them as counters when I was at infant school.


The delicious noise of them clucking together takes me right back to St Bernard’s Infants – circa 1961 – gulp.  I now have them in a pretty japanese dish – well what else could I do with them?