Author Archives: Tess bonnett

A Flying Visit to Kalene Hospital…

  Taking off from the Kalene Hospital airstrip in the tiny 6-seater plane and watching the hospital and Kalene Hill disappear into the horizon I finally have a few moments to reflect on the last three weeks.  It was always … Continue reading

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Dr Phil and Dr Tessie Signing Off…

Greetings from South Africa!  It felt a bit strange to be travelling south when we left Zambia on our way home to the UK but we have so enjoyed our ‘limbo time’ in Cape Town – we’ve caught up on … Continue reading

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Leaving Kalene…

Our last week at Kalene has come round all too quickly.  We have very mixed feelings about leaving: on one hand we feel ready for a rest – we’re feeling pretty exhausted – but on the other hand we feel … Continue reading

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Cleft lips, cucumber sandwiches and the Commonwealth Games…

From reading the newspaper on the internet it seemed as if Britain was in the grip of Jubilee fever last weekend!  I do love a good old British knees-up so we couldn’t possibly let the Diamond Jubilee pass without marking … Continue reading

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Back to work…

We felt glad to get back to Kalene after our trip away.  It felt a bit like ‘coming home’ when we touched down on the airstrip!  The hospital has been pretty busy while we we’ve been away and Dr John had saved up six patients … Continue reading

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A bird in the hand is worth two in the taxi?

We’ve so enjoyed having our parents to stay these last three weeks and have showed them the sights and sounds of Kalene, both the hospital and the surrounding area.  There aren’t many tourist attractions in these parts but we’ve used … Continue reading

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The Coca-Cola Test…

In his book about the Congo, Blood River, author Tim Butcher proposes the ‘Coca-Cola Test’ to measure how remote a place is.  It’s very simple: can you buy a Coke?  Kalene is failing the ‘Coca-Cola Test’ at the moment – … Continue reading

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