About us!

We are Amisadai and Louisa Monger (aged 12 and 9). In 2010, we moved to Tanzania in Africa - look at the map below to see if you can find it! We hope you will enjoy reading about our adventures and looking at our photos! Please don't forget to send us a message too!

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Can You Waggle?

Waggle, waggle, waggle! Can you do the waggle dance? Just go round in a circle and then waggle your bum! Watch the video to see Julian, Mum and Louisa waggling to their hearts content at the bee seminar last weekend!

Waggle Dance from Rachel Monger on Vimeo.

Did you know that the slower bees waggle, the further away the pollen is, and the faster they waggle, the closer the pollen is?

Lots of other interesting things were taught at the Beekeeping Seminar in Kayenze. Louisa and I joined in. We helped to demonstrate what to wear when working on the hives. Louisa lead the singing and read a Bible verse in Swahili. We helped to serve the chai which was chappatis and maandazis with hot sweet tea. It was yummy! Louisa helped to melt the wax on the three-stone fire outside while I helped to pour melted wax into the grooves of the top-bars. It was a good weekend and we had a lot of fun with Julian and Zoe!


Pouring wax onto the top bars

Hanging the hive in the trees by Lake Victoria

Kayenze Beekeeper Group Singing from Rachel Monger on Vimeo.

Two of my baby bunnies have just been sold! The two boys, that we had named Star and Sprinkles are now living in a well-built hutch with an adoring owner. She loves them like CRAZY!!! I bet they will get spoilt ;) I am glad they have gone to someone I know will love them.

I will keep the other ones, the three girls called Snuffles, Snuggles and Sprinkles (2) and I am so happy as they are my favourite! Snuffles is completely black except for a white star on her forehead and her two white paws. Snuggles is white and ginger and Sprinkles 2 is blacky-brown and white.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Stuck in the Serengeti (by Louisa)

We got stuck in black cotton soil in the middle of the plains of the Serengeti! There were prides of lions, and the fastest animal in the world, cheetahs ... and we were stuck in the mud.

Sand lollies in the Serengeti
Last week, I went to the Serengeti with Samuel and Megan and Daddy. We saw four cheetahs, two elephants, maybe 25 giraffes, four lions, and a hyena. We also saw lots of zebra, impala, topi, crocodiles and hippos, a jackal and ostriches.

After lunch, our guide took us on an adventure!! We went off the track onto the soggy ground. Can you guess what happened? I bet you can. We got stuck! Actually, it was our guide’s car that got stuck more than ours. We used our winch for the first time to try and pull him out. The first time he was stuck we managed to free him, but the second time he was really bogged down and when we tried, even though our car was on solid ground, the winch started to move our car towards his. Oh dear! I looked around, but fortunately there were no lions – they had not spotted us and we did not become their dinner! I was a bit worried it was going to get dark and we would be stuck in the middle of the nowhere. After two hours of trying, as it was getting late we had to take him and his guests in our car to get help. Thankfully the rangers were able to rescue his car. And we arrived at Serengeti Stopover for the night.
Trying to pull their vehicle out!


Monday, 11 January 2016

Amisadai's Christmas Holiday Blog

Who was it? Who committed the crime? Was it Duchess Alexandra or Colonel Tim? Did he/she use a frying-pan? Or did they use a woggle? Read on to find out!

A mystery at the Manor House. A murder crime. Was it Madame Rachel, Colonel Tim, Duke Andre or Duchess Alexandra? Was it Professor Andrew or Lady Miriam? On Christmas Eve, we played  a life-size game of Cluedo in Andy and Angela’s old house. Dad was Colonel (pronounced kernel, as I only just found out, I have been pronouncing it col-on-el like it is spelt, and SHOULD be pronounced). It was so much fun and in the end dad, Sam and Ezera found out that it was Duke Andre, with the very dangerous frying pan, in the kitchen.

While we were in Iringa, we went horse-riding! It was so much fun to see Shera and Julia again, and Biscuit (my favourite horse)! We saddled them up and brushed them and then jumped on (Well I did, Louisa’s legs were too short). I rode Biscuit (a white and brown spotty horse) and Louisa rode Flora (a dark brown horse). It was so much fun as we trotted and walked up the road and back. I really loved it!!
With Biscuit and Flora

I had a very fun birthday this year. I opened my presents first thing; I got a remote control sports car, games and DVDs and notebooks, pens and books (Guess what?! I got Grandma’s Attic number one thanks to the VanWoerdens!). I have wanted it for so long, as the copy I have now is falling into pieces) and lots of other things too. We then had a delicious breakfast of cinnamon buns made by Mama Lucy (we really miss her in Mwanza and it was SO nice to see her again!)
Cinnamon Bun Breakfast while skyping Papa and Mama!
We went to Neema Crafts for birthday milkshakes with Lara, Talia, Ezera and Aniya, and they were delicious (as always!) I had a chocolate one and it was so good!!!! We went back and had a birthday lunch of all my favourite things, such as cheesy footballs (sent from Grandma) and Pringles, Cadbury's Chocolate Fingers (sent from Heather and Steve ... and a little melted together!) and orange slices and cheese and crackers with chutney from the Garlic Farm on the Isle of Wight!
We had the VanWoerdens over to play in the afternoon and we watched Minions! Then Alex and Andre came over for dinner and Alex had made this awesome cake, that was NARNIA!!! We were only there for such a short time but she already knew me so well. It tasted sooo good!

And here is a funny true story: One day while was waiting by the side of the road, beside a ditch of water,  a man (I think he was drunk) came up to me and asked if I was David Beckham’s girlfriend. Well actually he said, “you David Beckham’s girlfliendi?”  I said no, I wasn’t. Then he asked if I was his little sister. I said “No, I’m not.” Then I thought he would go away but he didn’t, he just stood there thinking. Suddenly he made me jump by shouting ‘Aha! Aha! aha, aha! I am knowing who’s you are! You Ronaldo’s little sister? Eheh!’

I said ‘Yes I am totally Ronaldo’s little sister.’’ He then said “Ronaldo’s little sister look for fishies in water? Hee! Very good.  Aya! Bye!”  Then he left and went to catch up with his friends shouting (in Swahili) ‘I have met Ronaldo’s little sister and David Beckham’s best friend!(absolutely no clue where he got this idea from!) “She was staring in the trench looking for fishies!”

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Elf Night and Tandala

Elf Night

It was the night before Christmas Eve and we decided to have "Elf Night." The Wingfields (Ben, Sam and Bethany) came for a sleep-over and we all (the kids) dressed up as elves. We ate spaghetti with M&M's and chocolate sauce on the top because that is what Buddy eats for breakfast lunch and dinner. After that funny tea, we watched the movie "Elf" with yummy sweets!

"I like to whisper too!" says Buddy, the main character.
Pasta with chocolate sauce and sweeties!


For a family holiday while we were in Iringa, we went to Tandala (which is almost in Ruaha National Park) to stay overnight. I love Tandala because there is a swimming pool and a rope swing! We have been here before with James and Dan Liriano and had a great time then too! On the day we arrived, Maddie showed us our room (a very posh tent), and when she left I quickly put on my bathing costume and asked Mum if we could go swimming. We played in the pool with Georgia, Maddie's daughter. We had a three course meal for dinner, it was yummy! We played lots of games with Georgia and other children there. And while we were playing we saw lots of interesting animals like giraffes, monkeys, kudu (which is English for Tandala) and impala.
Kudu (Tandala)

With Georiga

Giraffes came right up to drink at the water hole (but that wasn't when we had the camera!)

Kudu, baboons and impala all playing at the water hole
We had lots of fun over our Christmas in Iringa! But Amisadai can tell you more soon!

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Our Treehouse! Watch Here!

We have a treehouse! We have wanted one for AGES! And Dad has built us one in our mango tree ... it's fantastic! We've been eating meals there and playing up there loads over half term. And now we want to work on some ropes and pulleys and maybe get a zip wire to get down! We also had fun playing with the photos to make a IMovie about it! You can see it here!

The Monger Treehouse from Rachel Monger on Vimeo.

At the top!

Looking up from below!

The ladder up!

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Swimming and Sunday School

On Sunday we went to the church in Kayenze. It had rained and the road was full of massive puddles! It was like going through lakes! Often when we get there, Daddy needs the toilet. I understand this because it is a long way from our house. I usually go too! We go to the outhouse of someone we know. When we get there, we are often early, so we arrive during the Sunday school (this is a class for adults but kids can sit in too). I try to listen but it is hard because I can't understand all the Kiswahili. I can get the first bit, but I get lost. I really love going to this church because I can sit on a chair that is my size, next to the children.
Kayenze Boys Click here to listen to the boys sing and dance during the offering!
Annif and I sitting on the small chairs!
After the adult Sunday school, the kids all went outside. It was Amisadai and I with Annif, Enoch and Sophie  - the little kids wandered off! We read a Bible passage about Tunda la Roho (the fruits of the spirit); Annif would read a few words and we would repeat them and there were some questions. Then we sang some songs and then we got to play games like dodge ball. Lots of other kids came to play then too!
Playing dodgeball
On Friday we went to a swimming club gala. I didn't race because it was only for group 6 and up. After the races there was a relay for everyone. I did two lengths of front crawl. I didn't know I could swim that far! I also did a great dive. I also didn't know that I could dive! That was the first time in my life to dive! I am proud of myself for swimming two lengths and doing a great dive!
The relay race

Amisadai (although you can't really see her!)

This is me swimming 2 lengths

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Bunny Update and Nani Amejamba?

'What d'ya' think you're lookin' at??

My little cutie!
My baby bunnies are now 3 weeks old! They are very, very cute. They all love me so much! I love it when the lick my fingers, because their tongues are so rough and rubbery. I also like it when they nibble me, because their teeth have not yet grown and it tickles.
Here are some bunny jokes for you...

How do you know carrots are good for your eyes?
A: Because you never see a rabbit wearing glasses!
What do you get when you pour hot water down a rabbit hole?
A: A hot cross bunny!
Did you hear about the rich rabbit?
A: He was a millionhare!
And here's one for my Canadian friends:
Where do rabbits work?
A: At IHOP restaurants!
Here I am with all 8 of my little babies!

Here I am hand-feeding the runt, who was extremely thin before.
Look at how much these 3 have grown!
And on the subject of babies ... This little baby was dedicated at Mwanza International Church a few weeks ago. She is so sweet!

A random note: do you know that by adding a little bit of red onto your painting, it will immediately liven it up. Try it and see!

Here is painting I did the other week. I didn't know about the red idea then!

Last Saturday we went to the Mamas Group with Mum. Mama Penina's daughter, Dora came too, but her sister, Maria was away at her aunts house. We had lots of fun, but the funniest thing was when she said "Ah, nani amejamba?" because there was a smell! I won't say who, but someone had "passed wind!"