Red dusty earth and rolling green hills. Hills as far as the eye can see. This is a land of a thousand hills.
A wind ensemble of hitherto unheard birdsong, late afternoon and early morning pan pipe solos and daytime flute melodies. Twittering, tweeting colourful little birds chattering through the afternoon. Tiny chirruping birds, unrelated to the Yangon kingfisher, but sharing the same dress sense and fondness for a shiny blue jacket. Birds dressed for dinner with coat and tails, and a pair of birds with peaked caps airing their private words from the bushes.Sweeping, swooping birds of prey silently keeping a watch from above.
Up hills, down hills all around the city. Hill starts. Hill stops. Hill start ups again.
New flowers, and familiar flowers. Many mornings, different surprise flowers appearing. Occasional sprigs of jacaranda, nasturtiums, sleeping cream-petalled hibiscus and wide awake, boldly smiling pink hibiscus. Geraniums, bougainvillea in red, rusty orange,white and bright purple colours. Miniature flowers with unexpected dandelion clock transformations. Creeping lilac and yellow flowers which open just for one day.
Motorbikes! Everywhere motorbikes. Up and down hills, zigging and zagging through the streets.
Maize and more maize. Baskets of maize on the heads of women. Some baskets of yams or sweet potatoes. Milk urns on the backs of motorbikes.
Nokia phones for radio, music and chit chat.
Teeny tiny butterflies, so petite I cannot see their colour, nor even know for sure that they are indeed butterflies. Super sized ants working in solitude.
Snuggling, sleepy babies hiding from sun and dust under a floating cotton cape, secure on their mothers’ backs.
A three quarter waning moon alongside three bright stars in a night sky that dawns in minutes.
Surrounded by wide, welcoming smiles.
Forty days and forty one nights under an African sky.