About us!

We are Amisadai and Louisa Monger (aged 15 and 13). 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!

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Louisa's Monkey Incident

It was so much fun, I just could not stop laughing! Water was spraying, it splashed my arm. We were whizzing along in a fast boat on Lake Victoria. We were very orange with our puffed-up life jackets on. The wind was blowing so hard, it blew my spotty dress up and showed my knickers! We whizzed along around Mwanza. Then we went to Saa Nane Island and saw impala, monkeys, zebras and fish eagles from the boat. We had such fun with lots of our friends and their families - there were twenty of us on the boat. We watched the sun turn pink and start to set in the sky and then headed back to shore and ate cake.
Amisadai and I with some of our friends on the boat!

Puffed-up Orange Girls going round the rocks

Looking for wild animals! Can you spot the zebras?
Lake Victoria Sunset
Now for the Monkey Incident ... We are learning how to play tennis. (Here we are practicing)

Mrs Hedgehog also wanted to play tennis, but she was scared of the ball
... so she stayed on the edge of the court

But yesterday I was sitting on a rock by the tennis court waiting to start playing. Then Amisadai said "Look behind you!" I looked behind me and screamed my head off! Sitting RIGHT behind me on my rock, was a big monkey just staring at me!

A monkey in the tree
A monkey running away
The tennis court is at our school and there are lots of monkeys that get into mischief! I had one in my classroom one day! Another monkey stole someone's lunch. Our friend, Tonya went to the toilet one day and opened the door and saw a monkey sitting on the loo! She quickly shut the door and told the cleaning lady that there was a monkey on the toilet. The lady didn't believe her, so Tonya took her to the toilet and opened the door. There was the monkey still sitting on the loo! The cleaning lady shrieked and scared the monkey who jumped of the toilet and ran away! Then Tonya went to the toilet.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Art: Preparing a Canvas to Paint

Louisa and I have been to an art club with some of our friends here in Mwanza! Miss Reynolds, Louisa’s school teacher, taught us. We had easels and frames made here and our friend bought canvas and acrylic paints when she was in Nairobi. Over five days we made our own canvasses and then did 3 paintings. I did one landscape, one of fruit and lastly, a leopard on a log (which is my favourite). We learned a lot and it was really good fun!

Here is how you can prepare your own canvas:
Collect a frame, canvas (or linen, khanga or a sheet), a staple gun, hammer and scissors, wood glue, water , white paint
Cut a piece of the cloth, just larger than the frame; it should be a rectangle shape
Staple the canvas to the frame, in the middle. Then staple on both sides of the first staple. There should be about 10 staples on the whole side.
Turn the canvas round and do the opposite side. First you must pull the canvas as hard as possible. Then staple it. Try to avoid making wrinkles.
Do both the other sides, but remember to pull first.
Paint the back of the canvas with wood glue diluted with half water.
Now paint the front when the back has dried. Do this twice.
If your paint has dried and your canvas isn’t white, then you can paint over it with the white paint. You are ready to start painting!
First, paint a light background. Then outline the main shapes of what you are painting. Block in the colour and finally add the detail!