Lamu Island, Kenya
Lamu is an idyllic island located on the eastern coast of Kenya, in the Indian Ocean. An island with white sandy beaches, turquoise sea and Arabic & Swahili influences. A quiet island full of history and handcrafted elements where its main transportation is simply by feet, donkey or a traditional dhow sailing boat.
the father of my two girls and I parted ways. I decided to visit Kenya and
Lamu with my two daughters Jemima (4) and Ruby (2) for a recess but never left, 21 years ago.
as we were living fairly remotely in Zambia where we reared an elephant
calf, Noah who had lost his mother in a flood and Jamu a leopard cub
who’s mother died in a poachers snare.
collection of cotton garments and selling them in the Peponi shop, a
popular family owned hotel on the island.
ensured that the house has a lot of light so it is open to the elements and
air to catch the breeze and the various winds during the seasons as the
island can get intensely hot and humid.
with thousands of small beads. Each chair takes 3 months to make and is
an example of a functional piece of art.
century made with cement and white lime carved into intricate shapes
and surrounded by detailed plasterwork embellishments.
the vidakas, wooden dhow sail boat building and basket weaving.
beautifully restored houses on the island.
indigenous trees, palms, coconuts, fruit trees and being self sufficient with
a permaculture approach to land management, a natural pool and using
all the talented artisans on the island with their various skills to build a
home using coral bricks cut from a deposit of dead coral rock strata.