The last days here were so eventful that I didn't find any time to write and in my head there are already a bunch of ideas for articles waiting to be written. But for now I at least wanted to share a bit about the house in which I am living here at the moment. Actually it is a little farm with a guesthouse named Eshel gardens.
The whole area is around five acres big. On the land there is the house of the Omondi family which can be seen in the photo above and a compound of two guesthouses which can be seen shining through the trees in the left of the photo. In the guesthouses there is space for around ten people and they contain a living room, a dining room and a kitchen as well. The whole compound is not just the home of the Omondi family, but at the same time a small farm, a social living and working community, a test lab for tree types, an assembly place for the church and an intercultural meeting center. There is a well which provides water for the house and the neighbors and since there is no central waste disposal system here, they have their own one. Apart from the Ibrahim and Diane Omondi and their children five other people are living and working here which are mostly part of the broader family. They help with the farming and in the kitchen, mostly live here and get a small wage. There are also nearly always some guests around, which stay here for an evening, several days or longer (like me) and become part of the community very quickly.
Tomatoes, kale, green salad, corn and many other crops are grown for personal use and there is a greenhouse with lots of peppers, silantro and a very intense tasting rocket-like salad, called kunde in Swahili. These crops in the greenhouse are grown for sale at the market. There also are two ponds in which tilapia are farmed, many hens which produce a fair amount of eggs and an old cow named Sarah which produces milk for the chai. The earnings from the farm provide for the Omondi family, the workers and the development projects of the church and the land is also used to test the growth of different tree types.
It is very impressive how the people here easily manage to live in such a sustainable way, growing their food locally and mostly organic and getting rid of most preprocessed products and cooking everything fresh. You can definitely taste the difference and life feels more connected to nature and is generally rich and fulfilled. This really is an amazing place to live at.
Some Exotic Things
To also show you some of the stuff which is fairly exotic for us, I wanted to share a couple more fotos with you. The other day the kids of the Albitz family (which have now left for Kisumu with their parents) found a chameleon which really changes its color and looks so fascinating with it's weird eyeballs and little horns. There also is a turtle living here that moves through the grass with such an african equanimity and has an aura of wisdom around it with it's ancient and crinkly skin. Of course there are many beautiful flowers as well but unfortunately I am completely clueless about their names.
If you want to see some more pictures, you should check out my flickr profile, where I regularly upload more photos.