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Wrapping it Up  Posted on 04/11/2013
Well, our tour of duty in Zambia officially ended late January, when Thom returned home for good.  It was a busy autumn for me, going back and forth from here to Zambia, and supervising the building of our barn and … Continue...
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Buyer’s Delight!  Posted on 08/31/2012
Now that I’ve had a few days and nights in this new house, I’ve really come to appreciate why they sited it where they did.  It’s actually perfect.  The rising sun comes through the front bank of windows and is...
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A Rested Person is a Happy Person  Posted on 08/25/2012
Wow! The world looks so much more promising and cooperative to me when I feel rested and fed.  Within 24 hours of arriving at our new home I got internet(!!!!! can you believe it??? I love America. This is the … Continue reading...
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Buyer’s Remorse!  Posted on 08/24/2012
Prior to leaving Zambia I had arranged (at great cost) to have the house cleaned top to bottom – walls, ceilings, windows, floors, cabinets scrubbed, bathrooms, closets/drawers, etc.  I can’t stand to live in a dirty house...
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Doggies in America  Posted on 08/23/2012
We’ve only been in the U.S. for 10 hours and already Coco’s been to three states (Illinois, Indiana and Michigan).  Yes, both dogs made it to the U.S. healthy and safe, and remarkably calm.  There were a few hiccups,...
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Homeward Bound  Posted on 08/19/2012
Well, despite us being in Zambia for another four months (with an extended vacation to the U.S. for me starting Tuesday!), our belongings have begun their journey home.  We’ll see if they really get back in 1.5 months, like they...
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Doggie Travel from Africa to the U.S.  Posted on 08/18/2012
Now that the movers are packing our boxes, I’ve turned my attention to getting our doggies back to the U.S. safely.  I’ve researched the issue in depth and have come to the conclusion that the most economical as well as...
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Packing and travel  Posted on 08/17/2012
We’re using AGS Frasers as our moving service from Lusaka to Michigan, and boy are they good.  The wrap everything in cardboard, including tables, chairs, couches (as opposed to plastic) and triple wrap glassware.  The dogs...
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Long time no post…  Posted on 08/16/2012
Well, since I’ve last posted we’ve bought our dream home in Northwestern Michigan.  It’s on 27 acres, has a pond and a creek, and we’re looking forward to many years of homesteading.  The main house is the...
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  • KXJ
    KXJ 13 December 2011 19:00:28

    Thanks -- loved hearing from you. We're on the opposite side of town (by State House) so am not familiar with Kafue Road dwellings. We still haven't hiked down to boiling pot but on our next trip we will.

  • sammymelder
    sammymelder 12 December 2011 22:48:59

    I thoroughly enjoyed the articles and it certainly brought back memories of the past when I would walk down towards the boiling pot!! What a feeling that was and getting a shower or more like it a drenching whilst walking towards the Knife Edge Bridge was an awesome feeling.

    Yes, I used to live in Zambia many years ago when copper prices were high and the "pipeline" for exchange remittances was like three months behind schedule.

    From the map, it looks like you are in Lusaka? Maybe I am wrong. I used to stay on the Kafue Road on the left hand side just past the Zambia National Service. Guess Water Wells and Tags Boreholes are still there? I was down the road from Tags Boreholes - if I remember the name just before Kearney & Co - the master Irishman who did all the roads for the Zambian government. Old Charlie Kearney was a character - bless him and his wife - a jewel of a couple.


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