Living Vicariously As A Peripatetic Shutterbug

{ More musings from the Cantankerous Old Mule }

Monthly Archives: February, 2015

My neighbours through a monochrome lens

Today I thought I’d feature some of my “neighbours” in the communities of Talatamaty and Imerinafovoany here in Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo (or Tana for short). Most people are only too delighted to have … Continue reading

February 27, 2015 · 3 Comments

Throwback Thursday: Teaching English

Today, in my new “Throwback Thursday” feature, where I’ll be revisiting posts from my time in Madagascar between 2009 and 2011, I thought I’d look at one of the things that brought … Continue reading

February 26, 2015 · 2 Comments

Of precipitation, potholes and pottering along on a lemon

I’ve been in Antananarivo, Madagascar for almost two weeks now. A few observations: Firstly, as is typical of Madagascar, the capital seems to have been stuck in a time warp: everything appears … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

Making art from mosquito-coil smoke

I don’t, as a rule, like to burn mosquito coils because of what the fumes could do to my dear old lungs, preferring to use a “zappy-bat”. A few nights ago, … Continue reading

February 24, 2015 · 4 Comments

The cute kid and her many expressions

My good friends Kim and Sue have been living here in Tana for the last six years with their five boys. In August 2013 they adopted a little Malagasy girl, bringing some … Continue reading

February 23, 2015 · 3 Comments

Throwback Thursday: Introducing Anri

As many of you know, I lived in Madagascar from 2009 to 2011 before I had to leave because of my mouldy lungs. I taught at a local high school, … Continue reading

February 19, 2015 · 2 Comments

Single snapshots: island home

The other day I was stuck in traffic on the “Digue” road in one of my favourite spots (as far as favourite spots on the Digue road go) opposite a … Continue reading

February 19, 2015 · 2 Comments

A lemon by any other name would still be a lemon

When I originally lived in Madagascar, from 2009 to 2011, I owned a Yamaha XT350 motorbike, which I called “The Beast”. She had power, character and a guttural snarl but was far … Continue reading

February 18, 2015 · 10 Comments

Sunglasses by any other name…

I’ve missed this guy’s dry observations about life and the things in it. Trying on my sunglasses, he noted most matter-of-factly that “these are just like glasses, and they make … Continue reading

February 17, 2015