the late 1970’s, the family visited the Athi-Kapiti
Maasailand plains for a picnic. They were so captivated by
the outstanding natural beauty of the area with its’
riverine gorge that they decided to move there. In 1979, Nani
started the stained glass studio which has evolved over the
last twenty five years into a group of studios, all accomplished
in their respective skills, including stained glass, glass
blowing, dalle de verre, fusing, slumping, mosaic, wrought
iron, ferro-cement sculpture, pottery, woodwork and beading.
had continuous threats from lions trying to eat our horses
and cows and still have ferocious leopards attacking the dogs
The only tree we had when we first came to Kitengela was a
large strangler fig – the sacred Mugumo tree. Under
this we built a geodesic dome, which collapsed some years
later from the pressure of the fig’s roots, and is now
a ‘jua kali’ metal workshop.
gave up keeping sheep after a bloodlust attack killed twenty
and left one insane. The ongoing battle with the large python
has become legendary."