The Gregersens And Those Strawberries!

One of the things people say they miss most when they leave Africa to settle back wherever they first came from, is friendship – I’ve never left but I believe it’s true. I’ve met and become friends with so many people in my 40 odd years as an ‘expatriate’. People leave and leave a void. Luckily these days you can still keep in close touch on sites like Facebook and Twitter. Anyway I digress!

See that picture? That’s me holding up a packet of strawberries – did I buy them from Spar in Livingstone? Did I h*ll! They were brought to Chanters Lodge for me by David Gregersen after he’d Twittered about his fabulous strawberries & I begged for some! David is @DavGreger on Twitter if you’re interested and is a great follow! Shortly after this picture was taken I scoffed the lot in secret, in one sitting!

David and Linda Gregersen live in Kalomo, Southern Province, Zambia – they have a great blog Gregersenblog – David says “This is my (Linda’s) account of our life at Namwianga Mission in Kalomo, Zambia. We teach at George Benson Christian College preparing students to become secondary teachers. We frequently travel to area villages and churches to tell the story of Jesus Christ. We are supported by our home congregation of 20 years, Brentwood Oaks Church of Christ in Austin, Texas.”

The Gregersens have been great supporters of Chanters Lodge since I’ve known them and continue to be so, recommending us to everyone who passes through their fantastic mission. Sometimes a phone call “we’re on our way overseas Richard, can we come for one last bream fillets and chips before we go?” They’ve coped with the hardships and problems that come your way in Africa in amazingly good spirits – very tough times in Linda’s case. I believe they’re currently deciding whether next year will be the time for them to return home, which brings me back to where I started – if they do decide ‘time’s up!’ I for one will miss them like H*ll! (They’re Christians so I can’t spell it out!)

Thanks again Dave and Linda!


Something Seriously Silly For Sunday!

A man in Tesco’s tries to buy half a cauliflower. The very young produce assistant tells him that they sell only whole cauliflowers. The man persists and asks to see the manager. The boy says he’ll ask his manager about it.

Walking into the back room, the boy said to his manager, ‘Some prat out there wants to buy half a cauliflower.’
As he finished his sentence, he turned to find the man standing right behind him, so he added, ‘And this gentleman has kindly offered to buy the other half.’

The manager approved the deal, and the man went on his way. Later the manager said to the boy, ‘I was impressed with the way you got yourself out of that situation earlier. We like people who think on their feet here. Where are you from, son?’ ‘Liverpool, sir,’ the boy replied. ‘Well, why did you leave Liverpool?’ the manager asked.

The boy said, ‘Sir, there’s nothing but whores and footballers up there.”Really?’ said the manager. ‘My wife is from Liverpool.’ ‘You’re kidding?’ replied the boy. ‘Who’d she play for?’


More From Mustapha’s Place

The latest from this awesome tropical paradise. Talk about mouth watering!

“We have a new chef now at Mustapha’s Place, and we are going to be doing Thai dishes such as crab and coconut cakes, hot and sour crispy squid and lime salad, steamed fish with lemongrass and fried fish with chilli and tamarind as well as classics such as jumbo prawns in red curry paste and massaman chicken curry. We will still be serving an array of Swahili classics as well.

We are also going to be launching our new Casuarina treetop spa shortly (mid-July) and also check out our hotel blog for travel pieces on undiscovered Zanzibar, such as the new Kiwengwa-Pongwe forest reserve, the old village of Unguja Ukuu and the Jambiani cultural village tour.”

How nice is that?!I seriously want to spend time there, sleep and eat!

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