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“The boring flower snapshot” in 2020

The boring flower snapshot is still going strong.

flower power
This week’s submission for the most boring flower snapshot

I cycled past a field of flowers this week and stopped to take some snaps. The light was beautiful. Taken with my smartphone… As they say, the best camera is the one that is with you.

sunrays and flowers
Sunrays and flowers

View my album “The boring flower snapshot” on Flickr.

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Where is Mount Chiperone?

Another Chiperoni reference: This blog is named after the drizzle rain we get in the Shire Highlands.

Where is Mount Chiperone located?

Mount Chiperone in northern Mozambique is a semi-isolated peak situated some 50 km south of the Mount Mulanje massif in southern Malawi. It lies in Milange District of Zambézia Province, 40 km SSW of the District Centre of Milange.

via THE BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION OF MOUNT CHIPERONE, MOZAMBIQUE

See also: Wikipedia

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Mount Chiperone in Mocambique – a photo

So excited. I found a picture of Mount Chiperone – the name giver of my blog.

The internet is amazing.

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In my web stats

Found this phrase in web stats:

what is the meaning of the african word chiperoni

See “What is Chiperoni?”.

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Light, misty drizzle

Google Book Search on chiperoni:

The climate is tropical and monsoonal with a wet season (November to May) and a dry season (May to November). The dry season is mostly cool but hot and humid prior to the first rain. Maritime influences ameliorate the dry season in the Shire Highlands with periods of light, misty drizzle, locally known as chiperoni.

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What is Chiperoni?

If you’re from Blantyre, you are familiar with this word. 

What is the meaning of Chiperoni?

  • It’s the name of a drizzle rain in Malawi.

Here’s an official definition by the meteorological department:

Chiperoni: Malawian name for influx of cool moist air from the south east, bringing overcast conditions with drizzle on windward slopes along the Northern lakeshore and in particular to many areas in the South of Malawi. This phenomenon can persist for up to a week but the usual duration is two to three days.

Source: Malawi Meteorological Services

There’s a mountain in Mocambique called Chiperoni or sometimes spelled Chiperone. When the winds blow the clouds over this mountain, the Shire Highlands get chiperoni weather.

Sometimes chiperoni forces a change in travel plans. The constant drizzle can turn gravel roads into a soap-like mud adventure.

It’s also used as a brand name. There used to be a blanket factory in Thyolo called Chiperoni. The factory has closed down or moved but the brand name still exists. (update 28.05.07: it seems they are still producing Chiperoni blankets).

Chiperoni is one of my favorite words. I like the sound of it. Chiperoni could also be a spicy chili snack or the name of a hot, new, hi-tech gadget. From Chip + Peperoni.

For now, it’s the new home of my Malawi blog.

I saw this sign advertising “Chiperoni blankets” in Blantyre.

chiperoni blankets available here