Mar(k): Travel, Hiking, and "Doing Good"

musings on our life of travel and volunteering

The Rains have Arrived!

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The rolling clouds are a sure sign that some interesting weather is on its way!

After a lengthy dry period, the rains have finally come to Tamale!  Part of the joy of this is the cooler temperatures we are experiencing.  The cooler evenings make it far more pleasant to sleep, although there is a regular cycle of cooling rains, building humidity (and building temperatures), following by the cooling rains again!

The landscape has been transformed from a dry savannah grassland and dust bowl, to a lush, verdant green oasis.  This time of the year is also known as the “lean season”, as the crops are not yet ready to be harvested, and the food supplies from the last season are depleted.  So this is the time when even more people experience hunger.  For us, we also  notice this at the market, where prices for produce are higher, quality is lower, and selection is poor.  Soon however, we know that a new bounty of produce will arrive!  Given that many parts of the Northern Sahel regions are experiencing famine at the moment, it is an interesting time to be among people who do not have enough to feed themselves.

Other aspects of the rainy season are also apparent.  One interesting one is the mould that is now growing in our shoes!  Things just aren’t drying out, so mould is the natural result!  We are still working on ways to figure out how to eradicate the problem.  Always makes for an interesting discussion, if nothing else!

Finally, the storms means more power outages.  Electrical lighting and thunder are often heard far in advance of the rains, and we are far more regularly sitting in our candle lit lounge room, or dining by candlelight.  We can assure you, dinner by candlelight is far less romantic when it is done out of necessity, rather than desire!

Another project that we immediately rush to do when we hear the rains, is to get our five buckets outside, so we can fill them with rainwater!   We have been very happy with our simple rainwater harvesting technique.  In a place where every drop of water counts, we feel happier using this water to flush our loo.  Each bucket gives about 1.5 flushes!  A small step, but every step makes a difference!

Coming from Perth where “interesting” displays of cloud formations are a rarity, we do enjoy watching the skies as they morph into interesting cloud shapes, etc…  reminds us of when we were kids, staring up at the clouds and imagining places far away!


Written by Mar(k)

July 22, 2010 at 9:30 am

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  1. Hello! Really enjoying your posts. Keep ’em coming 🙂
    Suggestion regarding your mouldy shoes – if they are leather, clean with washing detergent or mild soap and use wax to protect them. Worked for me when I lived in Cairns.
    Warm Regards,

    Meg O

    July 23, 2010 at 4:21 am

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