It’s difficult to describe how dry the dry season is! – The rains stop in April, and there is absolutely no rain at all until November. We’re now over half way through – and it will only get drier. Clothes that are washed in the morning, without the help of a spin drier, are dry and folded up again in a couple of hours. Although that may be a positive side the dust is another thing! Kasulu is particularly famous in the whole of Tanzania for its prolific fine red dust that hangs in the atmosphere, in ones clothes and hair, and throughout the house despite one’s best cleaning effort. These two pictures give some idea – the one is of the road from our house to town, and hidden in the dust you will see our car – needless to say I was filthy after trying to take this picture! The other picture is of the Bible college garden, where the new students have decided to try to grow some vegetables, with a little intermittent water from a stand pipe.
The local people eat the maize and beans that they have harvested in June, and dried by hanging on the eaves of their houses, as they cannot grow any other crops until the next rains. The cows and goats become thin, and they walk a long way for water and any grass. The local people also use the dry season to make mud bricks for building.
In a much more trivial way I'm thankful every day for my Body Shop moisturisers!