Archives for the month of: June, 2014

Kittens

Clause, the linguist’s cat, has kittens several times a year, which provides plenty of entertainment, especially when they hide in clay pots. The price of a kitten is 505 cfa – one of the few purchases here where the price is not negotiable. When I ask “what’s the extra 5 francs for?”, I’m told “It’s for the kitten to keep”.

Black kite

A huge black kite perched on top of the palm tree behind the house feeding off the palm nuts.

Firefinch

This morning, a feathered procession of little weavers, a firefinch, a cinnamon-breasted rock bunting and something that looks like a black and white mannikin, but doesn’t quite match the description in the book.

Chief's enthronement

Chief's enthronement

Chief's enthronement

Chief's enthronement

Chief's enthronement

Chief's enthronement

New village chief

Recently the new village chief, Abissi Samson, was enthroned. My job was to provide hospitality for everyone coming up from Lomé. We fed 63 people, not including children. Roast goat. I’ve had to downsize the photos because of the slow connection here.