Ghana

DECEMBER, 2013 ISSUE #151

DECEMBER, 2013 ISSUE #151

In which we successfully locate Bob’s other childhood home in Accra, fly to Morocco, take the train to Marrakech (just like in the song!) and make our way home to North Carolina in time to celebrate the holidays.

 

ACCRA REVISITED

As planned, all four of us left Casa Kumasi for […]

NOVEMBER, 2013 ISSUE #150

NOVEMBER, 2013 ISSUE #150

Our last impressions of Ghana in what was clearly a month of lasts; last visits, errands, rounds, meals and goodbyes. Bye bye-o Kumasi.

 

STILL AT HOME

With repatriation looming ahead, we were still able to enjoy our home. Jay views a solar eclipse using Bob’s tin foil projector. […]

OCTOBER, 2013 ISSUE #149

OCTOBER, 2013 ISSUE #149

One month away from the end of our African adventure we continue plugging along with the project, the gardening and packing, making sure to take time out for friends, bird watching and running around with Eric.

 

PLANT TOUR

Bob explains the infrastructure at the site on October 8th […]

SEPTEMBER, 2013 ISSUE #148

SEPTEMBER, 2013 ISSUE #148

Making the best of our last months in West Africa with nine weeks to go before returning to the industrialized world, we busied ourselves this month in celebration of Bob’s 55th birthday, by working on the FS2BD project, running around the streets of Kumasi, doing a little pre-packing, working in the garden and enjoying our […]

AUGUST, 2013 ISSUE #147

AUGUST, 2013 ISSUE #147

Another month in Kumasi with three more of the same to go. Our August photo essays feature a walking tour of our Kumasi neighborhood, the joys of gardening in the tropics, a busy FS2BD project and fun time with fellow expatriates.

 

BLAST FROM THE PAST

Pamela by the Sea […]

JULY, 2013 ISSUE #146

JULY, 2013 ISSUE #146

It was a quiet month in Kumasi, Ghana, nice and cool, with time for friends and gardening. We said goodbye to Nauzley and hello to Melanie, worked on the sanitation project, ate well and as always, saw many interesting sights.

 

OUR LITTLE PIECE OF HEAVEN IN WEST AFRICA

JUNE, 2013 ISSUE #145

JUNE, 2013 ISSUE #145

 

We made the most of Amy’s last month in Ghana, celebrating Camille’s 59th birthday at The Green Ranch, looking at fine Ghanaian art at the Artists’ Alliance in Accra and strolling the Botanical Gardens at Aburi. We also made a trip to the Kumasi Zoo, toured the Guinness Brewery and located one of […]

MAY, 2013 ISSUE #144

MAY, 2013 ISSUE #144

 

May presented us with two factory tours (Kente Cloth and Woodworking) some home improvements, lots of comings and goings, hellos, goodbyes and fresh beginnings.

 

DEEP IN

The fecal sludge to biodiesel project continues plodding along. Two brave men remove rumen from digester #1 at the […]

APRIL, 2013 ISSUE #143

APRIL, 2013 ISSUE #143

 

No kidding, April was a really good month for us. The rainy season has come, making gardening even easier. We enjoyed a trip to the coast for three relaxing days with Amy, featuring a stop at Kakum National Park. After our return from Elmina, long time friend Rob arrived to lend his engineering […]

MARCH, 2013 ISSUE #142

MARCH, 2013 ISSUE #142

 

Friends, food and fun – another well-balanced month in West Africa.

 

HAMMOCK TIME

Koffi, who works with Elodie at the Green Ranch, takes his first test drive in a hammock. It is obvious that Jeremy is a veteran hammock pilot as he takes a break […]

FEBRUARY, 2013 ISSUE #141

FEBRUARY, 2013 ISSUE #141

 

Two trips, one to Bosumtwi and the other to Mole National Park, Savannah plants, numerous wart hogs, horses, a new container for the project, goat worming, delicious meals, a dozen elephants and one exhausting bus ride.

 

BOB IN GHANA – 1975 AND 2013

In 1975 […]

JANUARY, 2013 ISSUE #140

JANUARY, 2013 ISSUE #140

 

The first month of 2013 finds us in Kumasi, Ghana. We were joined by Amy this month, requiring a short, memorable stay at Osda House in Accra with a side trip to nearby Tema where Bob went to school forty years ago. Also this month: garden harvests, the dusts of Harmattan, a new Spot […]

DECEMBER, 2012 ISSUE #139

DECEMBER, 2012 ISSUE #139

In a fabulous finale to another fine year, we celebrated life, common sense, fun and fulfillment. Fulfillment in the energy research project that brought us to Ghana, common sense in evacuating Kumasi after a chemical spill fouled the air, fun grooving to incredible live music, horse shopping with beautiful Elodie and chilling out at Lake […]

NOVEMBER, 2012 ISSUE #138

NOVEMBER, 2012 ISSUE #138

 

We have much to be thankful for as we enter our sixth month in Ghana. The biodiesel plant at Dompoase is taking shape, Jeremy’s garden, goats and chickens continue to grow, we emerged unscathed from a traffic adventure with friend/driver Eric and we made some new friends.

THE […]

OCTOBER, 2012 ISSUE #137

OCTOBER, 2012 ISSUE #137

The big October excitements were mastering the art of falafel and acquiring a hen and seven chicks. Other than that, we enjoyed the usual diversions; progress with the FS2BD project, gardening, cooking, goat TV, visitors and shopping trips around town.

 

A MEAL TO REMEMBER

SEPTEMBER, 2012 ISSUE #136

SEPTEMBER, 2012 ISSUE #136

 

Happy Birthday to Bob and Justin! Another wonderful month featuring birthday celebrations, FS2BD project progress, goat shenanigans, thriving gardens, wetland exploration, market purchases and a glimpse of village life.

 

BILL AND BOB ARMANTROUT – GHANA, 1972

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Bob’s father, Bill is facing the […]

AUGUST, 2012 ISSUE #135

AUGUST, 2012 ISSUE #135

 

Fun at home and at work, with interesting guests and much garden progress during our second month in Kumasi

 

PASSIONATE ABOUT POOP

Or at least about the prospect of turning fecal sludge into biodiesel. At a visit to Kwame Nkumah Univiersity […]

JULY, 2012 ISSUE #134

JULY, 2012 ISSUE #134

 

OUR LITTLE NEIGHBORHOOD

We live in a small neighborhood called Adiebeba (pronounced Ah dee ah bey bah), just south of the Ahodwo Roundabout. A rearing horse welcomes people to the area but there are no horses as far as we can tell. The streets are vibrantly alive with neighbors, […]

JUNE, 2012 ISSUE #133

JUNE, 2012 ISSUE #133

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CAMILLE!

Fifty-eight years on the planet still somewhat puzzled by this thing called life but smiling nevertheless.

 

FROM ASHEVILLE, WITH LOVE

The sun shines brighter when Amy and Garth are in town. We were very happy that they drove in from […]