Envoy Alison Chartres relives her father’s dreams in the Happy Valley

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What you need to know:

  • She said her father still holds the place close to his heart, and that is the reason he was interested and excited to know if it still exists.
  • The farmland is now wan but to aesthetes and curators the relics are reminders of the aristocratic era.

Every step Australian High Commissioner to Kenya Alison Chartres took at the Happy Valley Homes at the foothills of the Aberdares in Kipipiri seemed to have been dictated by the book she held in her hand. She did not buy it, nor did she write it. It was her father’s diary – “very personal memoirs” – titled The Kipipiri Ridges.

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