Well, we had to think long and hard about this, but know that it is the right thing to do.
After months of wondering where our next rain was coming from the new year has brought us more wet stuff than we know what to do with.
A few months ago we visited a local health clinic and were shocked at the rudimentary facilities and lack of equipment.
Once again, with another new year comes the annual back to school preparations: fees to pay, uniforms and books to buy, not to mention pens, pencils and geometry sets.
We have with us a lovely boxed set of the BBC series Planet Earth on DVD, narrated by David Attenborough.
Umwaka mushya – happy new year, is the latest addition to our lexicon.
We hear that you people are learning how to build igloos and that suddenly huskies are in demand. You have our commiserations. It is a miserable 20 degrees here and raining.
We are learning daily the dangers of taking for granted the difference between what we left and what people here live with.