It’s all smiles at Huntingdon House and Satemwa Tea Estate as Malawi’s rainy season begins.
This is the time of the year that the planters at Satemwa Tea Estate, on which Huntingdon House is located, always wait and stress and look up nervously to the sky that hangs over Malawi. This month, dark clouds started building up and the thunder was heard rumbling in the distance. The hot, humid air was replaced by a cool wind. Then, a little later in the year than had been hoped, the rain comes down, filling the dry holes in the ground, finding the holes in the roofs, knocking over a few trees, and cutting off the power supply.
But, more importantly, rain brings life to Malawi!
Planting of the new tea in selected fields has begun and everyone at the Satemwa Estate factory is rushing around to get things done before the busy season ahead. The festive season holiday is the time that work is around the clock in order to keep the tea moving in and out of the factory.
For the folks at Huntingdon House and Satemwa Estate, the rainy season is very special on the farm. They’re sure that even if their guests get wet, they’ll feel and join in the excited energy that has washed over the Shire Highlands. Preparations are underway for Christmas and, of course, mince pies, gingerbread and mulled wine is being enjoyed after long days on the farm.