Catch of the day

NAPS BusHere is Jake hanging on to the side of the NAPS bus. There is only one NAPS bus and it does the whole rounds. It leaves Murgwanza at 6:50AM as it resides here and this is where it starts in the mornings. This is too early for us as we're still pulling up undies at this time so we drive the boys to school. But gee they love coming home on this bus. They all pile in and have a hoot. I think the mix of home-schooling and NAPS is good for them - a good balance. Man it's hard core teaching your own kids though....Saskia is a legend. Oli seems to be learning to read and write fairly well and Jake's maths is coming on a whole lot better.

We've just finished Sunday. After a bad start for Saskia - she was having a bad day and the boys were furiously tormenting each other - we started off for a walk down the valley towards Rwanda. This was after a cracka of a thunderstorm blew through. I love thunderstorms here. They come all the time. Now that I've fixed most of the roof leaks, I can relax and enjoy the sound and light displays. Anyway it got hot again after the storm and dried up nicely for our walk.  We walked a fair way down down down to a primary school in the valley where we stopped and ate some snacks.

View up to Murgwanza

This photo is actually on our way back up and you can just make out some little houses on the very top of the ridge. Well that's our houses at Murgwanza. Johnathan and Ion (Our boys mates) came with us for the walk. Although Johnathan's only about Olivers size, he's a legend walker. African's walk everywhere and in the Ngara district, it's extremely hilly so they're all fit. Resting PlaceHere's a photo of Ion, Johnathan, Oliver and Saskia at the primary school where we rested and ate. On the way and way back past all the village huts and houses, we met many locals who love to meet and greet. Thank goodness our Swahili is getting a little better so we can at least communicate our greetings.

On the way back up, it was hot and steep and I promised the boys a Soda if they didn't whinge.
Well they all did very well so we all piled in the car and went to town. Catch of the dayWe found an open Duka and I got 6 Pepsi's for all the kids. A soft drink is 500Tsh in Tanzania - that's about AU$0.30. Difference is that they recycle the bottles(not the glass). They refill the bottles and re-cap. Still tastes the same - you might find some foreign object in your soda though. While we were in town, a dude on a bike rocked up and tried to sell anyone interested his catch - a massive fish. He was trying to flog it for 15000Tsh but there were no takers in the crowd that gathered around where we were. He'll just pedal somewhere else to try for a sale.

Winston and Wilbrod came this afternoon. Sas sat for hours with them teaching them English. She has a real heart for teaching her boys and these two are just delightful. After the lesson, they sang prayers for us in true African style. I got the drum out for Winston and we just lapped up the musical talent. Then we all prayed together - all at once - I'm glad our boys were there too. What a sensational time. I got out my guitar then and we sang some worship songs. It's hard for African's to pick up the tunes as their musical melodies and beats are sooooo different from what we are used to.

Wilbrod and WinstonHere's a photo of Winston and Wilbrod with our bed just before we picked it up. They were stoked that we employed them to make us a bed. They did a very nice job of it for us. We've just got to get a matress for it and a Mosquito net. Gershom will christen the bed in a week. Then Saskia's mum in June unless any of you out there fancy a visit. We'd love to host you. Come know you want to come. It'll be rewarding...I promise.

Godriva is our house help. We love Godriva. She cooks sensational Chapati's and Mandazi's and beans and stew. In fact, we think everything she cooks is sensational. She is a mean negotiator at the market and she thinks our pathetic attempt at swahili is amusing. Godriva cooking ChapatisShe is a lovely addition to our household and we really enjoy here being around. Godriva is married and has 3 kids - one in secondary school, one in primary school and a 7 month old baby. She has live in Murgwanza for many years and has even cooked Chapatis for the UNHCR when they were here. I hope she hangs around all year.

All the best.

Thinking of you all.





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