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Soccer, english and safari

This week we have had James and Ephraim here working outside to pay off some debts they have, they are on school holidays.. They work from 8-2pm then usually stay for some study - either English or maths. Jake and Oliver have loved having their ‘big brothers’ here all week and have enjoyed ‘helping’ them out in the garden. It has made it difficult to get their school work done but they really are happiest when outside. Oliver has also enjoyed the fact that Jonathon is on school holidays and they have spent hours playing, building cubbies with the couch cushions and playing Lego and other imaginative games.

Yesterday after a couple of wet days we all headed up to the field armed with our soccer ball, rugby ball and Frisbee for a bit of physical exercise. It is not hard to draw a crowd of locals when you supply the equipment. Without our ball they usually play with a homemade soccer ball made of plastic bags and some string.  Jake educated a group of younger kids on the finer points of touch football while Rob dazzled the older boys with our returning boomerang. We nearly lost a few heads and a few goats but all were amazed and enjoyed having a go. Once we had sufficient numbers for a soccer game the teams were picked and the game began. Once again I was the only female playing and the local boys certainly don’t give me any special treatment. There is some dazzling footwork in Murgwanza but despite the skill I am pleased to say I did manage to get the ball off them a couple of times. The highlight for me was when I scored a long shot goal with my left foot. I don’t like to boast but my competitive streak is hard to hide!!!

On Monday Jake was feeling a little caged in so we went to Kabanga for a soda. Kabanga is the border town to Burrundi - about 20 minutes drive from Ngara. Whilst there I was stung by a wasp and it really hurt. I applied first aid with my cold coke bottle but by yesterday afternoon it was really red and hot and hard. While I was fretting I was going to get cellulitis and need my leg amputated Ephraim kindly suggested I rub kuku poo on it!!! I thought he was just joking - trying to trick me into believing in his traditional medicine and get me to rub poo on my leg. There was much laughter and joking as other remedies were suggested. I chose to consult Rose and instead she suggested an antihistamine. I also rubbed some Paraderm cream on it and today it is looking much better……not that anyone here is concerned!!

After much Internet surfing and emails back and forth to the travel agent, we have managed to secure a safari holiday in the Serengeti in August. The boys are desperate for another little break (and especially a week of no school). Hope we see some big animals!!! Next week, while my mum is here, Rob and I are sneaking across the border to Burundi for a couple of days R & R with no kids. We hope it will be a great time of reflection on the past 6 months and rejuvenate us for the next 6 months ahead in Murgwanza. Burundi, like Kigali, has a French influence and a bit more money than Tanzania so we are going to enjoy a little pampering. We have been instructed by the boys however to return with treats or don’t return….just kidding but they would appreciate some more jam and bacon to name a few. We will head to Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, which is on the edge of Lake Tanganyika – our African geography is certainly expanding - watch out next trivia night when we are asked to name the capitals of African countries!!!

The Kleins are heading to Musoma next week for the ordination of three CMS long termers - Matt Archer, Jono Vink and Helen Hoskins. They will return with 3 boxes of nursing books for the library that are in a container in Bunda so I will have a task ahead of me to sort and catalogue the new books on arrival.

This afternoon mum has prepared a treasure hunt for the kids around Murgwanza. She was out yesterday taking photos and the kids have to go and find the places in the pictures – some of the pictures are quite obscure!

I will need to make a trip to town to replace our gas bottle that ran out today for our stove, also another 25kg bag of flour. Best stock up before Rob and I go away with the car and leave mum with only piki piki’s for transport. Although, here anything goes on the back of a piki - a 12kg gas bottle could be tricky though.

This weekend we farewell Ruth and Ellie, the original Womencraft girls from next door. They have been great friends to us and we have had many laughs over the past months and we will miss them dearly. Ellie is from the UK and does the best Famous Five out loud reading. Ruth is a child of the world - she was born in Dar es Salaam to an American father and a German mother and has lived in Tanzania, Canada, Germany, England and went to college in the USA. She is returning home to the UK for now. We have had many nights of games and laughter at the different pronunciations and words used for different things. We are having a big sherehe (which is a party in Swahili) on Saturday night where the dress code is kitenga couture. Oli and Jake are decked out in their Massai blankets and the menu features roast goat and of course soda!!!

That’s it for now, I am exhausted just writing about it.


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Children have never been very good at listening to elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.~

James Baldwin
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