From The Old Africa Album ~ Zanzibar Sunset


With this winter that will not end, my thoughts are turning to our Africa days with a longing for some tropical warmth.

After one fine day yesterday (wherein I managed to plant out some onion sets and broad bean plants) the rain returned in the night. And today it has rained and rained and rained. There was also fog over the fields for most of the day. Only as I write this at 7pm (and I’m wondering if  looking at this Zanzibari scene hasn’t worked some magic) is there a hint of watery sunlight over Wenlock Edge. But there is more rain forecast for the rest of the week. If it keeps up like this Shropshire will float away back to where it began 400 million years ago, and pretty much in the location of this photograph – off East Africa in the Silurian Sea.

It’s an amusing thought, floating back to Africa. I can already smell the jasmine and the sea-salted frangipani. And the soft lap of waves. And watching the sun go down over mainland Tanzania.

Daily Post: Rise/Set

38 thoughts on “From The Old Africa Album ~ Zanzibar Sunset

  1. Oh. You brought back the memories, Tish. I am thinking about sunset in Stone Town and enjoying the food in Forodhani Bazar while watching the sun went down. The breeze, the smell of the sea, the boat and many more. I wish I could come back.

  2. Golden oldie! Poetry in the name but you bowled me over with the sea-salted frangipani – I smell rain here again

      1. Maybe or will we get “some spits and spots” – to use current meteorological terms!

  3. A nice whimsy, to be swept away by rains to an ancient primordial location. In Michigan, however, it would only mean being drowned by floodwaters as the inland sea resurfaced to claim its former home. Alas.

    1. Well Peter that’s probably because our time in East Africa was very privileged in all sorts of ways. I know we had ‘gilded’ years there, and that life for far too many Kenyans can be desperate and brief, and that does make me very angry; particularly when Western vested interest is complicit in the system and has remained so, in various guises, since 1895. Actually you could well argue that the presence of the likes of us on British aid programmes and their ilk was/is part of the problem. That point of view was put to us by a Kenyan lawyer friend. As a writer, I’m also well aware that one might be accused of ‘out of Africa’ syndrome 🙂

      1. You are very right, Tish. African governments such as that of Uhuru Kenyatta’s might as well sell their campaign pledges as “To Her Majesty’s Service” and “America first”. They are still pretty much controlled by Western governments. They figured out that if you stand for Western interests, then you can get away with anything, because the West, which has always sold itself as the guardian of democracy and human rights–if you cater for its interest and economic policies, if you bow for it, then you can get away with trashing democracy and crapping on human rights. It will look the other way. Especially when the competition is China which doesn’t care a whit about human rights or democracy. Jubilee Party is hurting us, but Bob Godec and Nic Hailey defend it as one of their own.

      2. The capitalist hegemony is running amok in the Western World too. All seems to be dominated by geopolitics and propaganda. And greed of course.

  4. This is so lovely and perfect timing as I like you am yearning for some warm sunshine on my skin. Hopefully in Portugal this month – we shall see. It has to stop at some point 🙂

  5. Beautiful! We have our moments of longing, don’t we. I am silently looking into a trip back to Africa at some point…keeps me dreaming of these sunsets.

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