Tea Plantation

Hi everyone,

Today we visited a tea plantation. It was really interesting to see how the tea was grown. A lady whose Grandfather had moved to Kenya from England told us all about tea, how it is grown, picked and made. Did you know that the tea producers only use the top 3 leaves of the tea plant to make tea? She said that when we buy PG tips, or Yorkshire Tea in the supermarket, there could be some Kenyan tea in it. Why do you think Kenya is a good place to grow tea?

Here I am looking at one of the types of tea leaves

After the lady had told us all about the different types of tea, we went outside with a guide to look at the tea plantations and to go into the forest to see what the land would have been like before the tea was grown there. Just as we left the house it started to rain. I was absolutely drenched by the time we got back. The rain was so loud that you couldn’t hear what the guide was telling us about the plants at all! When we got back to the house we had to borrow some towels to get dry. I took my socks off because they were so wet and one of the people who worked in the house threw them into the fireplace because he thought they were paper!

My coat got so wet we had to wash and dry it when we got home!

After we came back home we went to visit some of Mr Wainwright’s mum and dad’s neighbours. They are a very nice couple and the lady was very kind. She kept saying ‘karibu’ which means welcome in Swahili. In Kenya, if you go into a person’s house you must eat or drink something, otherwise you are being rude. The lady brought us some nuts, biscuits and diet coke to eat and drink.

Tomorrow we are going to visit a lake and I am going on my first Safari – did you know that Safari means journey in Swahili? I hope I will see lots of interesting animals!

Keep posting and enjoy your holidays.

Mrs W