Memorial service and all night ‘pungwe’ at the Mabvira homestead, Nyatate

One year since grandfather – Sekuru Bowden – passed away. He was remembered during this memorial service held all night in his honour:


Here we are about 40 km on the dust road north of Nyanga:


From the homestead looking North


Looking back over the homestead


Pungwe: speeches


Reading during the night


Singers during the night


One of the wabvuwi


Singer from Rusape


Service the next morning


150 lining up for food after the service


and there’s always washing up – nice location though!


In honour of Bowden Mabvira

The Boxing Day Space Shuttle Re-Build


First tear down the existing Shuttle


5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Go!



Meals were provided during the 4h 45min marathon build



Construction of the ET (External Tank) backbone containing liquid Oxygen, and liquid Hydrogen


Looking good with the addition of the two Solid Rocket Boosters (SRB)


The nervous driver takes a wrong turn




You better read this warning!






Turning Bacon into (Parma) Ham

Almost by accident …. this bacon joint has hung in the tack room for the last 2 months (along with the soon to be real Parma Ham … in another 9 months) and low and behold on Christmas Day we could slice it and enjoy it raw as ham.


Bacon joint dried into ham


Bacon joint dried into ham



Bacon joint dried into ham

Pizza Oven Build: Drying Out and Test Firing – Otherwise Known As ‘Being Patient’

Our semi-finished oven with thermal mass, insulation, doorway and chimney


Taking a look inside the doorway and the bottom of the chimney



Moving through the doorway arch towards the oven



Inside the pizza oven!


External finishing


The helicopter view



Our first ‘drying out’ fire



Lighting our first fire


The chimney works!



Looking good




Thermal layers


Great thermal layering Р cold air is sucked in below the hot exhaust

Pizza Oven Build: The Doorway

We used bricks carved from sandstone for the doorway arch.



Base walls of the doorway


Strengthening the arch and support for the chimney


This took some discussion



Pizza oven doorway in progress: added abutments



Starting the arch and strengthening the abutments



Arch in progress


Carving our own bricks


Brick carving


Kept under wraps!


The semi-finished pizza oven