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SundayMorning

Page history last edited by PBworks 12 years, 11 months ago

Today is Sunday. Caroline woke up around 4, hungry and looking for something to eat. Brian ended up getting up with her, fed her, then ultimately sent her back to bed. I had woken up probably about the same time as she did, and thought about lots of the things we have seen and done in the past month or so. I haven't been writing as much, and haven't sent email or anything in quite some time, mostly because we have been out of contact, other than a computer at one of the parks where Brian was able to check on the latest Red Sox scores.

 

Pancakes have just hit the table, strawberries, apples and baobab juice. Today we are having a party for Angela and Maria's 9th birthday. Some of us will also go to the market and do some last days shopping. I haven't been there yet, so it should be an eye opener. One of the Peace Corps volunteers refuses to pay for the use of the bridge on principle. Brian figure's he's just being cheap. I think I will be up for the adventure.

 

Breakfast discussion centered around the various details of Harry Potter, and the movie coming out soon on dvd.

 

We are getting geared up for going back to our regular lives. Work is calling Liz, and I am starting to think a bunch about what to get done in the rest of the summer preparing for the next school year. I am also thinking about the thousands of photos that I have taken, and some of the audio I have made during my time here. That stuff will have to be edited and posted.

 

Right now there is the sound of somebody chopping wood. Wood is a big deal here. Charcoal too. It is probably Peter, one of the guards, chopping up a big tree that came down in the yard. It is part of the guards' benefits that they get to have the wood to cook their food, and some to take home. They are on 12 hour shifts, so are on site for a long time.

 

The girls are gearing up for the party, wrapping presents, making cards. We did a previous round of this activity in preparation for Mike's birthday. Nicholas must have made ten cards for his mama.

 

Liz is starting to pull out all of our stuff and see what will fit into what bags. The low humidity is causing some of the cedar wood carvings from Zomba to check. We will probably oil them when we get back home. I know that I don't want to sand and polyurethane them. Too intricate. She has one of the suitcases filled with neatly recently cleaned and folded clothes. The sleeping bags are on the bed. The tent turned out to be way too small, small even for just the two of us, Angela slept in the mansion tent with Brian Mike and and the kids. That's pretty much how she wanted it anyway.

 

Brian has a tab open with a blog called hactivate - http://www.vdomck.org/ I just read through a bunch of the postings. Lots of things, birding, local high school kid makes a windmill from bicycle parts, ubuntu customizations, ruby on rails, generally a good variety of interesting stuff. Too bad I didn't hear about it sooner, maybe we could have sought the guy out, he seems interesting.

 

Mike Liz and the kids are going off to the Ministry of Hope, an orphanage where they will feed the babies. The kids there are pretty much under a year old, I guess they get taken back by the families after they are a bit older.

 

Brian and I are heading off to the building supply house to get some piping. We want to redirect some of the plumbing so that it goes to the garden. Most of the plumbing in malawi has separate handling of gray water. Sometimes it dumps out into a spot next to the foundation, other times it drains to the cesspool like in this house. We will try to send the water from the bathrooms, kitchen and laundry into the garden.

 

A few weeks ago we met up with Christophe a guy who has set up an interesting example of permaculture at his house. He had lots of clever ways of combining plants so that they provide an edible landscape all year long, and at the same time the moisture in the soil was preserved. I guess we are trying out some of his ideas.

 

 

- 7-29-07

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