…is in Zimbabwe, which is in the middle of Africa!
“Skies” or “City of Kings” are nick names given to our hometown! “Skies,” because of the numbers of clear blue days we get here a year and “City of Kings”….well need I say more!
A sleepy, well planned town, Bulawayo grew slower than it’s colonial planners thought possible. As a consequence, we have not seeped at the edges like many other African cities! We have no shanty towns, our parks and other designated green areas remain intact, our wide streets unclogged with traffic.
My book, Silk Threads is based in Bulawayo and Johannesburg, and I wanted to say SO much more about my hometown. I didn’t fit it all in so I’ll have to write many more books!
I maintain a blog: https://frankiekayfotos.wordpress.com where I post photo’s of Bulawayo and the surrounding areas. Please have a look, the countryside is unique and very beautiful.
Now…to me, and a day in my life here in Bulawayo. I live in Suburbs, in one of the very first houses built in colonial Bulawayo. The streets are laid out in even bocks, lined with Jacaranda trees. Typically built on about an acre, we even have the remnants of stables for horses – now converted to servant’s quarters, or what is locally called a ‘kya.’
This is a pic of the front of our house:
We live here with several people and lots of animals. The people first: my husband (a geophysicist,) his gang of workers and Pio, who doesn’t work for us, only lives with us. His story is on my writing blog here!
This is Brighton, our gardener together with Dusty (his favourite of our dogs!) and the survey team marking the spot for a borehole.
We also have dogs, cats, chickens (occasionally a horse, passing through!)
https://frankiekay.wordpress.com/?s=last+post this is a story about Twinks, our little orphan kitten. https://frankiekay.wordpress.com/2013/11/23/vikki/ is a story written by Vikki.
I have written about Bella, pictured below here:
and, being Africa, a host of wild life is also to be found in our home: insects, spiders, scorpions, lizards and of course birds. Every morning, I wake to the bird songs and have recently planted a line of peach trees outside our window for the fruit eaters among them.
This crested barbet comes to our window and beats his reflection up…I took this pic through the glass!
I help children who can’t read, or have trouble with Maths or are Aspergers sufferers. This is the room I use:
Shopping Centres….both ends of town! The lower pic is an upmarket shopping centre, this one is a bus terminus where you can buy anything from frozen fish, to maize meal; to axes, old drums and second hand tyres!
There is too much for me to fit into one blog post – please browse around my photoblog – and most importantly, my writing blog!
I wrote Silk Threads to introduce people to Aspergers Syndrome through my character Lisa. I thought a novel would be better than a dry text book.
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