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Got hit by a stray golf ball today. Big tie is bruised properly. Have strapped it to be able to walkNice Game count at Nairobi National Park. Can you see the 2 rhino lying down?Encounters on the golf courseBeauty on the golf course. May it brighten our MondayMy hiking boots, hiking socks and the new golf glove have come! Can't wait to try them outHappy Diwali to all my Hindu Friends Diwali Fun....Can you see my smile. Our Breakfast Meeting was a roaring success! We had a full house. The Panel discussion went very well and we had lots of positive feedbackLearning about Konza TechnocityMemories of summer 1992 when I worked as a Nurse at the BG Unfall Klinik in TuebingenWonderful evening with D. She is off the feeding tube and can swallow liquid food. Thank God for a good blender!!!! Tomorrow she has her next chemoGot a hair cut today. Getting ready for the hike tomorrow.The second hill group that resembles a guy lying down is known as Sleeping Warrior. That was the first peak we climbed, after a beautiful 10km walk through the bush and along lake ElementaitaAt the bottom of Ugali HillCode name BlueEarly morning over Lake Nakuruis Thank full for all Fellow Sparkers who have been cheering me on and encouraging me all year long. Thank you & Merry Christmas!Enjoying the simple things in life. cup of tea and a view with friendsDoing push-ups..... LOLTraining new staff - my boss came by and took this pictureTomorrow's speaker is......Done and dusted and got the certificate to show for it....Last PMI Kenya Chapter board meeting for meSuch a beautiful short hike yesterdayA cake for my boss who is a health freak. Baked by a friend of mine. It is carrot cake made with brown sugar and canola oilNice walk with a good friendMy friends finally came and we had lunch at 5pm..... then went for a nice short walkWe had fun with little Gabriel discovering the worldWhat a hike. It ended with 4 very steep hills. And I mean STEEP!!! Was close to giving up on the last one. Picture is on the summit if the first hill with view of Mt Longonot and Lake Naivasha. Beautiful Great Rift ValleyFound a picture of the never ending staircase that ended our hike. This was taken (by someone else) about half way upNice to feel appreciatedJust a glimpse of today's hike. Will post a blog in the course of the weekAll ready for my beach holiday. Waiting for the taxi to take me to the airport. Lamu here I comeView from my room for the next 3 daysBreakfast with a view. The peace and quiet is amazing. There are no cars here apart from a garbage truck I saw in Lamu. Even the mosques don't really disturb your sleepThis is the way to the airport. ... only airport I know without a car park. You go there by boat and then walk 150m..... Lamu is a special place. Lamu itself also has only about 5 cars all governmentThe end of a beautiful short break: a sunset cruise in a dhowOut hiking, what I love best. Playing in my Back YardHappy times last Sunday at the wedding. The one in the middle is the brideCelebrating my birthday early. What do you think of my cake? A friend designed it just fir me.Amazing day in Nairobi National Parkis sad. D. has gone to be with her Maker. At least she did not have to suffer long. Pray for me, am picking her mother from the airport and she does not know yet. Took this picture of D. 2 weeks agoWith friends at the funeralBreakfast is servedSneak peek of my photoshootA tranquil and peaceful place the Sikh Gurudwara in MakinduAnother lovely picture from my photoshootAnother lovely picture from my photoshoot the other dayis Enjoyed a nice 7km walk in KathekakaiSnapchat funGreat walk on a beautiful golf course, whole BF played in a competitionToday's headlines:
There will be trouble. Question is how much. An heading to work with an overnight bag. Worst case scenario will stay with BF's family.Picture from the hike todayThe second waterfall during the hikeIn Lion Hill lodge in Tsavo East National Park. See the Rock Hyrax in the background?Enjoying being at the coastGood time with a friendSunrise at Mombasa ClubI did so not enjoy the traffic jam....Getting ready to play golf... ok dig holes in the ground.... 😉Enjoyed a day out in nature having fun with friendsWalking with BF while he played the Sikh Golfing Society competition at Limuru Golf & Country Club yesterdayOffice renovation and moving preparation continue but delays every step of the way.Finally got a lot done. Making a bit of Noise does help.... 😉. New partitioning coming upOffice move isn't finished. The lorry was pulled out for an emergency so we used a van and a pick-up. But the bulk is done and I am on leave from today. My office is set upFirst walk around and a little shoppingExploring Chicago. First the Architectural Foundation River Cruise, the Willis TowersFun night out with classmatesNight out in ChicagoWe went on a shopping spree today and enjoyed the country roadsGone junking. ... so many pretty things to buy. Thank God I am restricted by my suitcaseMy new tshirt. Given to me by a dear fellow sparkerEnjoyed my walk. And I guess I should be happy that my knee held up that far. However felt disappointed that I couldn't walk more.The lion sleeps tonightFinally we found my favourite animalBack to the grind. But the memories remainRelaxing afternoon with the WawerusGreat day at the game count in Nairobi National ParkNice walk in the forestHornbills in our garden. Hadn't seen them in a couple of monthsOk lunch went overboard again. But here is dinnerWishing all my fellow Sparkers a Happy and successful Weightloss New YearI almost missed the Blue Super Blood MoonEnjoyed a great barbecue with Friends of Nairobi National Park. Look who came and wanted to join us for our mealThe marvels of Nairobi National Park. Watching all kinds of animals. Here are WildebeestMore from yesterday's game count. An eland antelopeMuch needed relaxing day with a friend from GhanaMy 2 colleagues and their wives posing after the movieis always happy to drive through the tea farmsYesterday's sunsetA girl and her puppyMemories of yesterdaySitting in London Heathrow waiting for my connecting flight. Will be in Philadelphia in 10 hrs from now!Had fun touring Philadelphia and then decided to walk from downtown to my Hotel. It was further than I expected. .... result! 22705 steps!It is getting colder today. But am getting ready to spend some time with fellow sparker Rainy.Having funMore funWe were lucky with better weather yesterday.Our trip to St Michaels Maryland was extremely cold again
We had fun neverthelessBack to Philadelphia. Evening out with Leadership Institute Master Class friendsAt the PMI - GOCPhilly from the Observation DeckGood morningSpend half the day at the Philadelphia Art Museum. Amazing placeWalked half marathon distance yesterday hiking in Wissahickon Valley, along Lincoln Drive & in Fairmount Park.Still under the weather. Also yesterday afternoon was very emotional. It was Sebastian's funeral and I couldn't travel to go there. My sister send me picturesBack to Nairobi now. But the memories remainBeautiful day out in nature. BF took me to a lodge in the foothills of Mt Kenya.Weekend out of town in the foothills of Mt KenyaSunset yesterday on the way homeThis is what the sky has looked like in the green City under the sun for the last 1 week. Grey, drizzle most days and temperature dropping into the 40s. Winter truly has us here in AfricaGlorious Sunrise this morning. Looks like the second sunny day in a row after 2 weeks of grey & drizzle & cold. 😊Attended the launch of a recycling station at Nairobi National Park - a first in a park. Lots of fun with friends from Friends of Nairobi National ParkNice day yesterday! Enjoyed walking with BF while he played golf in a fun competitionReady for the first function a 70th birthday partyFun with my girlfriendFun with my girlfriendFun with my girlfriendFun with my girlfriendAll packed up, ready to go - Kamweti here we comeRest day & yes I am sore!!!! But it was so worth it. We were in the clouds most of the day so it was foggy & drizzle, but a great hike neverthelessThanks S. for making me look skinny in a swimsuit..... 😆 the colour of the water also helpedAmazing evening. But over ate and drank some wineHad a good time at the children homeEncounter in the forest todaySaw beautiful flowers on my walk yesterdayAnother cold and grey morning in Nairobi. So here are some flowers to cheer me up (also from my walk)Goofing around with your phone can actually have nice resultsAt yesterday's weddingCute wedding favoursStarted the day with a beautiful walk in Karura ForestEnjoying being at the coast to the fullest. Long beach walk this morningCurrent view after walking with BF for 9 holes and swimming 25minLast amazing sunrise over the ocean before we travel back to NairobiSomeone enjoyed his cake.... even though it was only immediate family we had a great little party for BFNice Sunday to everyoneYesterdays adventures. We got to see OrcasSunset at Santa Monica PierThe training is over, graduation tomorrow at lunch break. Now enjoying the Leadership ConferenceMet Marilyn and Dean yesterday. Amazing entertainmentMet Marilyn and Dean yesterday. Amazing entertainmentIt's coming to fall in Grass ValleyLake Tahoe - an amazing outingA wonderful game count day at Nairobi National ParkDelving in the memories of my tripMore memoriesEncounters on the golf courseMy official graduation picture - graduated from the PMI Leadership Institute Master ClassBeautiful walk yesterday on the golf courseWore this little buddy of mine out last night with our games 😉Lunch with friends yesterdayGetting ready to start the day with a round of golfis still amused by this oneis still amused by this oneNew haircutReunion with a long missed friendDusk falling over Nairobi National Park and the Ngong HillsLunch at the Mövenpick Hotel with PMI friends. It was a work meetingEnjoying time in the sugar belt of KenyaTouring the first skyscraper (11story and has a lift) in Kitale town. Enjoyed the view. Kitale is becoming a modern cityYesterday we drove home the scenic route to avoid the crazy weekend trafficReally enjoyed my run/walk yesterday.Fun times yesterdayHappy New Year to all my Spark FriendsRelaxing todayBeautiful slightly different morning sky during my walkMouse birds during this morning's walkWent for a run/walk in the afternoon and more than made up for the slow start in the morningWhat a fun afternoonSunrise this morningThe lunar eclipse was only to be partial in East Africa. But since it coincided with my walk I was hoping to see it. Well it was too cloudy. Here is the sunrise insteadThe irony of it.... this morning the moon was out clearNo lorries this morning but a nice 4km walk and beautiful sunriseHadn't seen the hornbills in my garden in a few weeks. This morning we had about 10 in the tree. They are such massive amazing birdsYesterday's sunrise was so beautiful I just have to share it. Here is how it looked when I packed the car to go play golf.Today's sunsetForest encounters during today's walkGood fun at the Kenya Open today. Here the up and coming British Player Jack Singh Bar, who at 21 is doing extremely well being in the top 10. One day to goSunset yesterday in Nandi HillsSunset over the sugar fields of ChemililYesterday evening they rerouted the electricity cables and this afternoon they are finally removing the treehad a great day out doing game count in Nairobi National Park. First time that I saw an African HoopoeBack to my Happy Place. Nice forest walk this morning followed by cappuccino and banana breadNice family evening working on a jigsaw puzzleIt's a Salwar Kameez kind of day - spend the morning in 2 different Gurudwaras for 2 different functions. Then 7.5km walk in the afternoonNice morning walk to the golf club for breakfast18.2km done and dusted. A good long walk in the woods with a few steep climbs.Avocado bread for breakfast. Last avocado for this season from the tree behind my houseGreat walk yesterday. Just under 7milesBeautiful sunrise while hiking on the Ngong Hills this morning and a Peekaboo view of Mt. Kenya. A special morningEnjoying a quiet cup of coffee at the club, then walk home againWe had great fun at the Moonlight Walk Charity Event and even did 6km. This morning it was back to the forest for more walkingSpeaking about Servant Leadership to a full house at the PMI Kenya Chapter eventNice lunch with my friend. Then a good walk to burn off the caloriesNice 2 hr walk this morning and the rain stopped for the duration of the walk.It's a public holiday today in Kenya. So I took the chance to clean my house top to bottom. Then went for a 7.3km walk. Coffee is blooming 😀 Now off to a picnic & driveGot the cutest finisher medal ever. And can now always remember the day Kipchoge ran a marathon under 2 hrs.
We only did 10km since due to the heavy rain & mud 20km was cancelledNice but muddy morning walk in the forest. If looks so fresh & green after the rainGreat brunch with my walking groupGoing to friends for the weekend. Can't afford to fly to Europe for the funeral. So doing my mourning hereA friends daughter had her maiden performance after doing 13 years of Indian dance trainingBoth my sisters say it was a beautiful funeralAmazing sunrise this morningTomorrow is a big day.I had a great time giving my talkGreat function yesterday. A group called MumBoss had the end of year function and voted for the MumBoss of the year. I handed over one of the prices since we had sponsored itForest Walk yesterday was so beautiful. After the unseasonal rains everything is so greenGone up country to relax for 2 days. Current viewBeautiful drive yesterday with amazing viewsBeautiful walk yesterdayHappy New Year to all!With a protected and guarded Rhino in Ol Choro Oiruoua Conservancy North of the Masai MaraThis is too cute not to share. Last week me my friends daughteris roughing it at the coast. Am here for work. Spend the whole day on 3 different construction sites at the port. Now relaxing in this nice Hotel with a view of the creek, Indian Ocean is near Nice morning vibes. But now we are back to trafficGetting ready for yet another Indian weddingwent to an interesting wedding at the Gujarati Hindu Union Shiv Temple - reception will be tomorrow eveningis back to work. But since the issues of last week (not work related) are not resolved, am feeling down again. Need to get out of this slumpToday's lunchtime project. Started the dough during morning tea break.
It smells so good can't wait to start eating itHave been watching this pair of Hammerkop for the last 2 weeks building their nest. They build huge nests. This one is right in my backyardSmog has lifted and even though it was a grey and cloudy day I could see Mt Kenya clearly from near my houseSmog has lifted and even though it was a grey and cloudy day I could see Mt Kenya clearly from near my house 1 minute agoPosted a photoFinally a forest walk with my usual group. We kept distance to each other. It was beautifulBeautiful morning walk in the forest. Loved it. We kept a good pace upThe day that was yesterday - what a treat! A visit to Nairobi National ParkI've got work to do, but since the sun us shining vitamin D firstI've got work to do, but since the sun us shining vitamin D firstAnother cold morning. But just enjoyed strawberries with cornflakes for breakfast and now back to work with a big cappucino in handBeautiful walk-in the forestBeautiful walk in the forest at a good paceA new experience. The Covid era workshop. Instead of sitting close together, we are spread out and keep distance.I am having a day off due to a Muslim holiday. Started with a forest walk with a friendBeautiful forest walk at a good paceOff to a hikeWe had an amazing hike in the Bamboo forest around Nairobi's main water pipeline. And an unexpected after hike picnic lunch. An amazing outingCoffee in a lakeside restaurant in Africa 😇 - don't worry there is an electric fenceWishing all a good dayJust putting one foot in front of the other. I know I am doing all the right things as much as possible. Scale is not budging, but with my medical history it is not a surprise. My focus is daily exercise and eating right. If weight finally drops I will be happy, but is not the focusGood morning, need some sunflowers to brighten this drab and grey day with cold rain. Working on mindfulness this week. Making sure I have smiled every day and lived the moment. Printed out this photo of myself - it is an old one - and put it above my deskis still smiling at the sunrise from this morningAnother amazing sunrise, this one over downtown NairobiWishing all of us a good dayTrying to make the best out of the dayis enjoying the sunshine and doing office work from my garden Working from the garden todayI need a pick-me-up like this cappuccino to get me through to the end of this weekWishing all of us a great start into the weekGetting ready for the dayBeautiful hike yesterday including exploring 4 caves that the MauMau Freedom fighters used to useWhen you park your car for a walk in the forest and when you come back you have monkey foot print all over your windscreen 🤷🏻Lunch at one of my favourite restaurants. The Trout Tree Restaurant which is build straight into a big tree on a trout farmToday's hikeToday's hikeGood forest walk with my usual group 9.5km done. Now enjoying breakfastBusy Saturday running errands, meeting friends, getting ready for Diwali celebrationWalk to the Club since the forest was too wet. Enjoying a quiet breakfastThe sun is out! Went for a slightly muddy forest walkNice walk. 9km at a good paceThe day that was yesterday 😉 we had a very late start, but the hike was awesome and challenging. It included scrambling up steep rocks and crawling through a hole. Hot springs at the end were welcomeFun in the forestA good 2 he forest walk with the Sunday Group this morningA friend's house with a view in Nakuru. Passing by for lunchYesterday's sunset in MuhoroniYesterday's sunset in Muhoroni in Western Kenya's sugar beltQuiet Christmas morning breakfast at the club.Nice morning walkMagical Morning walkWent for an amazing walk yesterday. we walked 2hrs 10min in this magical forestis disappointed that I can't see the SP Blooper video reel. Beautiful forest walk with Colleaguesis enjoying the beautiful sunrise from the officeAmazing but very taxing hike today up a dormant vulcanois is glad it is almost weekend. Only a few more hours of work2 days of forest walks in a row. Happiness 😍Beautiful 18.8km forest walk todayAmazing hike in the Ngong HillsBathroom tiling complete. We are taking a break tomorrow. Then do grouting and the terrazzo for the floor. Progress!Day off from renovation and off we went to the forest. This is a strangler tree living off the other tree inside it.Finally it is ready 🥳My new home office for the next one week. Since no one else is around it is really quiet. BF's surgery is later this morningWent for a beautiful beach walk. Now getting ready to see BF in hospital. Later we will go and see the slave caves in Shimoni with a friendYesterday a silver-cheeked hornbill came to visit. A beautiful big birdLast day working from this "home office". Heading back tomorrow. But we will break the trip about 2/3 of the way and spend a night at the Makindu Sikh templeYesterday we saw Mt Kilimanjaro from the office 💃😃. Normally we have too much smog to see it.Beautiful walk with my best friend yesterdayWent for a 10.5km walk in the forest. We had a wonderful timeI am having some tomato 🍅🍅🍅 after all. Even though I have not really spend time taking care of my plants this time roundWhat a foggy winter morning in Africa. The cold season came early.
Thank God my back is much better todayGood 11.5km walk this morning. Then an amazing lunch with BF & friends in a rotating restaurantThe simple pleasure of being upcountryBought this blouse in May and it fit well that time. Look how big it looks now. 17th Sept 2016Chilling on a Sunday with my sweetheart - Sept 2016Wow I have been captured in the official Conference PhotosOn the Canopy Walk - it was scary but fun anywayWith my friend Jumoke during the Gala dinner at the conferenceEating tiger nuts. They sell them on the streets in Ghana. Wonderful flavour like coconut with macadamia and something sweet.
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-tigernutFun day out sight seeing, sampling Ghanean food and shopping with a group from the conferenceReady for the Gala DinnerLeadership Institute Meeting continues. Gave my chapter report yesterdayOne of today's high lights: canopy walk in the top of a tropical rain forest. A great experience and good exerciseMore surprises. Pink house got a dark bottom. ....Beautiful forest walk today. Kept seeing Duikers in the Undergrowth. This one was posing nicelySuddenly my house is pink..... hmm I don't really like pink. My Landlord had said he was painting the outside of the house but he didn't say he was changing the color. the same as the last 10 years.A nice quiet morning with Dolly and the clan. Here are the latest editionAfter a nice day out we are chilling with the kids watching TVAnother victory! I had ordered this golf trouser from amazon while in Germany and it was a bit too tight. Couldn't really close it. Now it fitsReady for another Indian wedding. Thus time in the Ismaili communityLambert loved his cakeAcademic day at Rachel's school. We are waiting to see the teacher. We called D. as wellBirthday visit to Lambert's boarding school. We called D. In India so she could celebrate with himA wonderful weekend has endedWeekend getaway with the Senior Golfers in Nanyuki. Mt Kenya was totally clear most of the dayMy youngest aunt and her family. Ok the son was not able to come with us he was workingGreat time in my home town. Here is my favourite mountainAn old handwoven grain store with chicken cube underneath. Beauty!A beautiful weekend is over. To get back to reality I started in the gymMe this evening walking while watching TV and sparking. ...LOLLuxury in Kika Lodge, Gilgil, Jan.2016 - this is what we call camping in Africa.... This is a tentOn Gilgil Golf Course January 2016BF just called he is halfway home, has reached Dubai from Orlando and is boarding his flight home now. Can't wait to see him....Christmas visitors. ..Diwali 2015Diwali Fun in the officeHappy Diwali to all my Hindu FriendsBF & I at Thompson Falls Oct 2015At Treetops Lodge Oct 2015BF at the Treetops Lodge Oct 2015In the Aberdares National Park Oct 2015At the Voortrecker Museum in Pretoria 2015Cape Town Waterkant - enjoying life - 2015Looking down on Cape Town & Robben Island from Table Mountain - 2015PMI Kenya Chapter Delegation posing with Mark Langley CEO of PMI Global during PMI Africa Conferenc Hiking on Table Mountain 2015The famous Cape Penguins in the Boulders Simon's TownAt Cape Point, somewhere behind me meet the Atlantic & the Indian OceanView of Hout Bay from the Chapman's Peak Road Cape Province 2015Table Mountain on my first evening in Cape Town 2015is remembering the weekend fun & sunshineThe big day for the PMI Dinner has come. I am just finishing up in the office, then we have the board meeting. I am readySide View 28th June 2015 - week 13 - 12.5kg lostFront view 28th June 2015had a wonderful weekendFront view 6th April 2015 - week 2 of vegetarian de-toxSide View 6th April 2015 - week 2 of vegetarian detox26th april 2015, 5 weeks into the body cleanse diet26th april 2015, 5 weeks into the body cleanse diet - clothes fit less tightMy 7kg lost treat: A brand new pair of Levis skinny JeansPoli & I May 2013Sikh Temple in MakinduReady to go to the Mater Heart Run 2013 _ I can see my hips are shrinkingIs the tummy any smaller? April 2014Getting ready for Rupesh & Mayuri's Wedding Easter 2014With BF at Karen Country Lodge 2014With BF in the Underwater Observation Place in Mzima Springs Tsavo West National Park June 2014At my heaviest ever, second time this year: 92kg October 2014Ready to plant my avocado tree - raised it from a pipMy familyThese funny birds were doing a rain dance & song and sure enough it rained later - Mara 2009Young lions fully fed and sleepy - Maasai Mara 2009At the Hippo Pools - Maasai Mara 2009Thompson Gazelles - Maasai Mara 2009Elefants in the Maasai Mara 2009Wilderbeast Herd - Maasai Mara 2009Lion King himself - Maasai Mara 2009Memories of a great trip to the Maasai MaraCompare this to the original Photograph, what do you think?Mum and Stepdad opening Christmas Presents Dec. 09Ngongathon 2010 - thats what I call a bar with a viewNgongathon 2010 - between the highest of the 7 hills, halfway doneSparker Tetich at Mwea Classic Marathon after the run, she did 10kmMwea Classic Marathon 2010Before a training run goofing around July 2010Oloolua Nature TrailOloolua Nature TrailMy Palm tree, just outside my front doorAdorable curios made from Banana leavesWaterfall in Gatamaiyu Forrest - June 2011Hiking in Gatamaiyu Forrest - June 2011Giant Ferns in Gatamaiyu Forrest - June 2011August 2011 at my Brother's Place in GermanyBraided Onions hanged to dryAll siblings in 1 picture!Bridal Party - Anna, Konrad & the boysAnna, Konrad, Philip & Jonas August 2011Was told to open the cocktail buffet while we waited for the bridal party, so I did.....1994 = visiting the Naikoi's in their Manyatta (Samburu hut)1993 - Lucy Leparie's wedding, she was one the first Samburu Girls to ever train as a Nurse!Lake Naivasha Christmas 1998Did the band have to walk through the path of the finishers?.... Yes, we are in Kenya, so it had toDoing a Luya Dance with a Somali friend in Dar es Salaam 2003Nairobi Marathon 2003 (the First) - start for the 10km I am somewhere in the middleAccompanying our last runner during the Naivasha Relay 2002Just love that picture!Some of the Boarding House kids