Tag Archive | African

The valley of the Shadow of Death

The valley of the Shadow of Death

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” [1] JOE’S JOURNAL Tanganyika March 21st, 1962 Evening just departing, big game photography; Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti and Lake Manyara. (You’ve seen it all on the Telly!) Now on to the “main road” – dirt and mud, 250 miles […]

A Gift of Marbles…

A Gift of Marbles…

JOE’S JOURNAL Tanganyika AUGUST 1960 Not in my diary, but the following event regularly ‘pops up on my internal screen’: The fuel gauge creeps down as the miles wind up. A respectful Jeeves-like cough from the engine suggests more petrol (and less sand) would improve carburation. Indeed, the manual for early Land Rovers recommended a […]

Souvenirs from East Africa: figures 7 to 8

Souvenirs from East Africa: figures 7 to 8

These figures purchased in the 1950’s, use a heavier wood (than the two earlier posts), darker toned; finish enhanced with polish. They probably come from Kenya. Three Rhinoceros. The ‘two-toned’ effect of one shows both heartwood and outer wood. Female Rhino horns are longer than the males. Another Tortoise. Heavier than the previous one (in an […]

Souvenirs from East Africa: figures 4 to 6

Souvenirs from East Africa: figures 4 to 6

This group of 3 figures is also made from a lightweight softwood, initially ‘Tea Rose’ coloured – darkening with age. It is an effective base for hot poker work and none of them are polished. These are Oryx, which are a  large antelope that can survive in near-desert conditions in huge herds consisting of many hundreds […]

Souvenirs from East Africa: figures 1 to 3

Souvenirs from East Africa: figures 1 to 3

These wooden figures were collected in East Africa, mainly from Tanganyika – now Tanzania, during the early 1950’s. Most were bought at stations on the Central Railway Line – some costing less than a cup of tea in the dining car. They were carved by young men trained in, or resident at, church mission workshops; […]

On a Wing and a Prayer

On a Wing and a Prayer

JOE’S JOURNAL.   From my Tanganyika Diary April 1961 The far shore of the lake’s a pale border to the forested hills beyond, and our destination is in sight. The engine’s song keys down, her nose dips, and the little township rises centre stage. A touch to starboard and there’s the runway ahead. Our Big Chief […]

The Silent Key

The Silent Key

Just a little interlude away from the African Safari’s. Tuning, or surfing the short-wave radio, I chanced to hear the W.A.C.R.L* network, operated by and for Christian Radio Amateurs Worldwide. A leading U.K member had just died. A wartime RADAR operator, he had taken up amateur radio, joined the Christian Network and from there became […]