Sunday, September 11, 2016

High Water

 Yes, it was as we had expected yesterday: the road on both sides of the river Bani has flooded for some distance, and I was grateful to be in the Mission Culturelle's 4X4.

 The school at Sanouna, built by the Dutch film maker Ton Van der Lee is once more' threatened , as is the mud houses on both sides of the river.

It is not the first time this happens of course, so the village at Sanouna will perhaps survive this time too, inshallah...
I am now in Bamako for Tabaski, staying once more at Eva's.


Blogger mary said...

Great photos as ever. Thanks for sharing them. We are combining here today and are very much living on the edge of good fortune or misfortune depending on the weather but it is hard to imagine a life that is already fragile and now its very existence is threatened to be destroyed by floods. As you say hopefully all will be well. Inshallah. Enjoy your time in Bamako.

2:48 PM  
Blogger toubab said...

Dear Mary,
"We are combining" means that you are harvesting with your combine harvester? That sounds very high tech! I wonder if there is even one of those here. Do you have wheat? This time I am making a solemn pledge to come up and see you in the spring, if I am still invited after all this time...

4:39 PM  
Blogger toubab said...

P.S. Some people seem to think that living in the country side and farming would be a peaceful existence, close to nature and 'away from the "rat-race" of the city etc. I frankly can't think of anything that seems more stressful: being so at the mercy of nature's whims!I wish you good fortune with your harvest.

4:45 PM  
Blogger mary said...

Thanks, Sophie, for your kind words. Close to nature certainly and away from city consumerism but certainly often stressful as the weather is so unpredictable and yet the determiner of farm life on a daily basis. Yes, combining means having a combine harvester and today it is cutting wheat. But we also have oats which are already cut.We look forward to seeing you in the Spring.

9:31 PM  
Blogger David said...

While on the river theme, I was curious to see that a 'Bani Cafe' has opened just round the corner. As it's peopled by Africans, it may well be referring to the Mali river. Must go in, have a coffee and ask.

4:17 PM  
Blogger jm.herraiz said...

And nice pictures too!

9:13 AM  

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