Garden Fair (Sat 18th May)

I already told you more than once about my friend Melinda in Moshi, my lazy Saturdays there with her beautiful garden and incredible food..

Every year, she does a garden fair and each year it just keeps getting bigger and better. This year the food was not only superb, it was arranged in a super efficient and fair way with buffet stations and a we-weigh-you-pay policy. The stalls were also original, beautiful, and plenty of them. No need to explain I spent some money – and happy with every purchase. The mother-in-law has her birthday next week and the girls got her some cute things.

This being a social thing with lots of shopping, I took some girlfriends. That ended up in a cramped car but we had fun and no one felt guilty about the dessert after an already big plate for lunch. (Besides, mental note to myself but I will share it with you: beetroot-feta quiche is to die for.)

Whenever we go to a fair, I always try to add the educational element for my kids. There is not much good shopping in Tanzania – and most of the time that suits me just fine. But that means the kid’s allowance goes straight into their piggy bank more often than not. So when we are at a fair like this, they go beserk, with no full understanding for the value of money yet. They do not seem to see the difference between a bracelet for 60$ or one for 6000Tsh (which is 3 euro). They also seem to think the entire allowance has to go, no need in going home with change. So we ended up with a gift for half-gran (I contributed), temporary tattoos, fairy moon dust for in the bath, Twister (which is for both and Celeste paid, bless her). It did leave me with the feeling that I will have a hard time if we ever go back to the Western world.. Ah well, they are still young, right? (Right?)

But the added extra of the fair was that I had shopped food too. So in the evening I could just sit back and have a gorgeous salad with olives, sundried tomatoes, herb sauce and feta. And I am quite sure I will be having the same for dinner today too. But first I promised the girls a tattoo.. Simple things, happy things.

A good start of the day - note on my door so she would not wake the whole house at 6am

A good start of the day – note on my door so she would not wake the whole house at 6am

 

the food.. the food.. I cannot emphasis it enough: the food!

the food.. the food.. I cannot emphasise it enough: the food! With pineapple and raspberry juice..

 

dinner

dinner

 

the booty: travel twister - pottery - tea light holders (I love the wood) - my biggest shopping spree in 2013 yet :-)

the booty: travel twister – pottery – tea light holders (I love the wood) – my biggest shopping spree in 2013 yet 🙂

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