|Maxwell (on the right), who doesn't like to be called Max, is getting so much bigger!|
When I wasn't with Steve and Brenda during our time at the South Coast, I visited some friends of mine at the quiet and remote Shimba Hills. I also got to see Maxwell again, when I spent a couple of nights at Faraja Children's Home. One last stop was to see Masha in the noisy city of Mombasa.
|Katunge's daughters-in-law use an umbrella to keep the hot sun off of them and the child|
|Katunge tried to reach all her relatives so they could say 'hi' to me (ever the novelty and foreigner)|
|Waiting for lunch|
|Katunge (Stella's friend and neighbor), Stella (Masudi's mom), and Modi (Masudi's nephew)|
The two pictures above are Bixa, whose seeds are used as a food colorant and also to make lipstick. It's popularity is increasing with farmers in the Shimba Hills area. Katunge harvests it whenever she's able, to get a few extra coins for necessities. The nearby processing plant pays 40 cents for two pounds of the dried seeds. Worldwide, bixa produces 70% of all natural dyes.
|After lunch, a few cups of chai, and some tangerines straight off the tree, we strolled over to say hi to another friend and neighbor|
|She was also overjoyed to see me again :)|
|On a different day, I had lunch with Masha in Mombasa, at Tudor Creek Marina|