I started reading The Flame Trees of Thika last night. I've read it before - at least once - but it's been years. I'm fascinated by settler-types, who move into a place and start a life from scratch.
In the first chapter, a character announces that he is going to move on.
"Henry Oram was the kind of man who never settled down....
'It's getting overcrowded,' he said in a South African voice, flat and strong like himself. 'It's time I moved on.'
'Where to?' Tilly inquired.
'They're opening up new land beyond the Plateau....This place will be a suburb of Nairobi in a few years. There's talk of a railway to Thika....'
'...And now your wife has made a home...'
'With a wagon, a fire, and a pound of coffee any true woman can make a home,' Henry Oram replied. Tilly thought he was pompous, but he may have been pulling her leg."
So here's the question: What do you need to make a home? I fear I need rather more than a wagon and a fire, and I don't drink coffee. I'm thinking about my answer. Anyone else?
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