It’s time to pull out that raincoat, umbrella, and boots! Then if you are free, come on over and join us for a rainy day! Hope you don’t mind getting a little bit wet. Here in Africa, we are right at the height of rainy season. We have much different seasons here than in America. Half of the year, we receive hardly any rain and the other half of the year, it rains almost every day. In September, the rains will slow down and the ground will begin to dry up again. During October, there will be scattered showers, but only a few times in the month. Usually, the rains will stop during November. We may not have rain again until April!
We call the first rains in April the mango rains. The mangos become ripe on the trees during April. It’s a favorite time of the year when the mangos ripen. While I miss the bright sunny days at times, these days are much cooler (around 80 degrees F) and perfect for a cup of hot chocolate or tea. These are ideal days to pull out a new book, watch a film, or write some stories. I’ve decided to do the later on this rainy day.
The grass and flowers are so bright right now. The plants and crops grow at rapid speed during this time of year. Many Africans plant corn and millet just before the rains come. Small land spaces become planting grounds as you can see in this picture below, not just in big fields. Every stalk of corn is food, thus the placement is not crucial here. The corn and millet will be picked and dried and then bagged for food use during the rest of the year.
My first year here, I learned that open spaces anywhere could be used to grow corn. That year, while I was in town one day, a neighbor man planted corn in various places in my yard. When they started to grow, I asked what they were. Laughingly, the neighbor man said they were new flowers. Hugest and heartiest flowers stems I’d ever seen! I didn’t recognize new growth of corn then, but I caught on quickly. Now, I guard my yard each year around rainy season to prevent it from becoming a corn field.
In town, most of our main roads are paved. However, almost all the side roads are not paved. This picture below is the road that leads to my house. As you can imagine, roads can get sloshy and it is such a blessing to have a 4 wheel drive vehicle during rainy season.
I saw some of my neighbor friends and they posed for a picture. Well, more in the future about dry season, but I’m off to get another cup of hot tea and put my raincoat out to dry. Have a wonderful day!