Author Archives: Hilary

The Rift Valley, Hells Gate and Planet Fries

Nuns and priests – Limuru – Rift Valley – Railway & old road alongside – Lake Naivasha: Sanctuary Farm & Hells Gate – Nakuru: Millimani Hotel and Planet Fries. It’s certainly a novel experience to wake up in a convent. … Continue reading

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Machakos – The quest starts

The quest today is to find the first home of Emilie May and Fred at Machakos, 46 miles south east of Nairobi armed with this diary entry of 8th March 1924: ‘After a cup of tea we started to our … Continue reading

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Maps of the Journey

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Day two – Nairobi

Today we managed two things: Fighting the traffic to research the minute books of the Kenya Hoticultural Society 1927 – 1938, thankfully contained in three slim volumes. My expectations are low, which is good because there are only two mentions … Continue reading

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Day one – Nairobi

In the hotel garden two sun birds play catch between the hibiscus, the orange beak of the East African thrush pecks for worms in the grass. The background music changes from upbeat jazz to something Richard Clayderman might play – … Continue reading

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Finally leaving England

The ‘Guildford Castle’ spent January 31st at anchor off Tilbury and inching passed the Isle of Wight on the morning of February 1st, the fog. lifted. By coincidence,¬†on the same day separated by 92 years, that my grandmother Emilie May … Continue reading

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Setting Out

Today is 30th January 2016 and I’m reminded that it is exactly 92 years since eleven people and my grandmother, Emilie May Sutton, caught the 10.00 am train to Paddington, London, in freezing fog.’We took a bus from Rikards [near … Continue reading

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The Founding of The Western Academy of Beijing, Part II

The Founding of The Western Academy of Beijing part II>more… Published in Lianxi in September, 2014

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The Passing

The Passing

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The Founding of The Western Academy of Beijing, Part 1

Story of WAB_part1>more…. Published September 1st 2014, Western Academy of Beijing Lianxi

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