We are on the edge of the black thing!
For six days now rain on and off.
When I look out at the sea I see a dark blue wall of clouds all over the horizon.
Never thought I could have enough of rain in this usually dry country. ; )
But I´m tired of it. Really am.
Our 30m3- cistern was overflowing after only a few hours of torrential rain (!). Should have built bigger. No lack of water for us until 2015. : )
Recently deep in the bush we saw this canoe under construction. It is – as usual – made out of a cashew nut tree trunk. Probably 10 feet long it will carry one person, sometimes even two. It will serve a fisher man on the Indian Ocean for a good number of years.
My beloved one came back from a trip abroad. And to my delight she had bought me the latest “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”. : )
What a Sunday treat!
On the same day – while I was enjoying my reading – the rest of the family indulged themselves in decorating our christmas tree. It came out rather nice!
The rains have started early this year. Tomorrow I´m leaving for several remote bush villages on my Honda 125XL. I have to make it before the rivers are to high and the swamps become too “swampy”… ; )
Pray I´ll be able to contact the right people there… key persons of peace with open hearts.
i run this blog for a little more than a year. i find it really exciting that people all over the world have a look at this page!
now and then i tell my wife: “hey simone! get this! I had just now somebody from japan visiting my blog!!” ; )
maybe it´s a “man´s thing”. who knows. : )) maybe it´s just that i don´t want to feel like it is written in psalm sixty one, vers three.
if you happen to know somebody, let´s say for instance: in greenland or estonia or the like, send them a link. maybe one day… i will have more than 200 flags gathered here. would be fun. : )
Sitting next to my two-year-old. I´m having a book on my Kindle (Jonas Jonassons “Die Analphabetin, die rechnen konnte”, unfortunately not yet published in English) and he´s reading a children’s book too. We are together on one table, enjoying the others company.
That was such a moment. It made my day. Happiness!
I´ve seen the socket on a construction site.
You can build yourself something, if you don´t have what you need.
When the grip of my knife or my hand saw broke, we brought it to a “mestre” (master), and he made a handle of wood instead of the broken plastic one. Sustainability is big in Africa. I love that.
I have been to Montepuez, a bustling 80.000 people town 400km north of us. A dear friend had asked me to help him look for a house – for him and his family. I got to know a number of interesting people there, were inspired how to build my water cistern and had some fun on Halloween night with a bunch of Expat Americans (“Is this you, Chad?!”). And it seems we´ve found the right house for my friend after all. Thank God.
On the way back my friend fell sick (arrrgh), and I had to go back on my own, using public transport through the bush: the back of a truck. Huddled together with 20 adult and 15 kids or babies. I felt nauseous because the exhaust pipe was broken. I inhaled the gases whenever the truck stopped. But at noon I arrived safely at my home and was greeted by my cheering loved ones. We celebrated my return after four days with homemade fishfingers. Yeah!!! ; )