Up On The Roof

What’s that man doing?

At the weekend, while I was enjoying Star Wars, someone else was enjoying himself in my kitchen. When I got home said creature had helped himself to the potatoes my sister bought me and, to show his gratitude, left me some small presents on the hob of my cooker. Not the black ones with a white speck that Geckos leave, these were all black and a bit smelly: the calling cards of a RAT!
I had someone put wire mesh over my chimneys last year. But he made a Kenyan job of it, which is to say there wasn’t enough mesh so he put it up anyway and made sure big gaping holes that were left were not visible from the ground, didn’t tie the bottom of the wire to the chimney tightly anyway and then asked me to add something to the already handsome remuneration I had promised him for the job.
From what I have seen so far, this attitude is sadly typical of Kenyans’ approach to work, and accounts in part for the crap situation the country is in.
So, this time, deflecting attacks from the thorn trees in my garden (something else to do with a Leatherman!) …
… I climbed up there myself.
Armed with the aforementioned multitool, a reel of wire and some mesh left over from building those wireless network reflectors…
… and tied those wires tight!
“Erm, how the devil do I get down?”


  1. natty Says:

    That shit attitude isn’t indigenous only to Kenya; New Orleans is famous for it. Except you end up paying a whole lot more money for the trouble.

    I met a girl from the Peace Corps in the tea shop the other day who had lived in Kenya. I asked if my theory that living in New Orleans was like living in Kenya was correct, and she said it certainly was, except the roads are actually better in Kenya. I’ll write you one of my diatribes on this later, as we’re getting ready to move house across town.

  2. Chris Says:

    awww, and there was me looking at that mesh thinking it was some fabby new design of WiFi antenna…

    So the obvious step is to invent some mesh-based device that acts as BOTH a snake/rat/scorpion keeper-outer, AND a WiFi antenna! Perfect for Kenya (and possibly New Orleans)…

  3. natty Says:

    Ah, see, when we get rats (especially nutria), snakes and especially gators in our yards, we just shoot them.

  4. Eunice Says:

    Oh My I can only imagine what you had to go through. Ope you rem its Tala.
    I just hope that it wasn’t hot as always. :laugh:

  5. Mark Says:

    Hi Eunice!

    Welcome to BJ.com! Thanks for your comment.

    Sure its hot in Tala. In fact there have been a few cloudy days, but still its hot and me being from a cold(er) country, I am still sweating when the Kenyans around me are wearing their fleece jackets and woolley hats!

  6. fede Says:

    Who took these pictures????

  7. Mark Says:

    The photos were taken by my friend Jackson, another VSO volunteer from Uganda who works down the road from me in the village of Nguluni.

    For Eunice, I should point out that it’s no longer hot in Tala but cool and damp. Many locals are going about with big coats on and hoods up. I quite like it. It didn’t get this cold here this time last year but they tell me it’s normal and last year was unusually hot.

    Eunice, you’ll know next week when you land in Nairobi. Bring something warm to wear, Nairobi is always colder than Tala.