Ratz 'n' Batz

This past week, I've been layin' cables.........So I'm in the roof space of the diocese office building. There are rats trying to hide from me. There are hundreds of tiny bats hiding in all the crevasses. The bats are all making squeaking noises. The top of the ceiling is covered in masses of animal droppings. The stench is unbearable. The roof battens are not strong. There is nowhere to safely crawl. I'm trying to find tiny holes that I've drilled to pull the network cable through. The cables keep getting kinked due to cheap cable. I'm by myself. I'm climbing up and down and up and down the man hole all day. I'm exhausted and my lungs of full of who knows what. But...........they now have a working network with shared Internet connection, shared printing and file sharing. I'm happy. They're happy. We're all happy. Laughing The Hospital is now networked as well!!!

Chai Time
chaiThis morning Liz had another 54 secondary school students working around the Diocese. We started with 8 working around our property which dwindled to 6. They were working in two projects. One group was clearing a fire break just below the ridge line off our house in preparation for the inevitable fires in the dry season. The second group had the unpleasant task of moving our rubbish (which previously was just being thrown off the ridge) to a concrete pit that once full, will be burned. Rob and I went up and assisted with chai as you can see above. We shared a small devotion and Rob played his guitar and together with James they sang Open the Eyes of my Heart. Then they all joined in for a round of Niwa baraka.

Last night I went out with Liz and a couple of evangelists from her team to show the Jesus film in a nearby village. There were about 300 people present - many of them kids - to see the movie and hear the evangelistic message. It was amazing to see the reactions of some of these people to some of the footage. For example boats on a lake, many of these people have never seen a boat or a larger expanse of water. Also the squeals from the crowd at the sight of a snake on the big screen. The movie finished about 11pm then we packed up and had dinner at one of the local parishioners house. Beans and rice at 11:30pm with very sweet chai, then home to bed.

oli truckToday also is Oliver's 6th birthday. Soon we are having guests for cake and pinata and some simple party games. Oli and Jake have spent most of the day racing around the house and outside with Olivers new dumptruck that my mum brought from Australia. He is LOVING it and the toy tools we got in Kigali when we were there. I've baked a cake and burnt the bottom as usual, I can't get used to this gas oven!! Anyway a bit of icing and some skittles and no one will know.

baby kukuOur baby kuku and mum have ventured out of the coop and are surveying the property. Jake is terribly worried it will get taken by an eagle. So far mum stays pretty close, so hopefully it will be safe for now. Meanwhile we have had to encourage Georgina (the kuku gifted to us by George) to find a new place to lay her eggs. Her first egg was deposited on mums bed so the next day we had to keep chasing her out and finally she did lay in the outside sink. However we have not seen another egg since. Also JoJo (our original kuku for eggs) had a cough on Wednesday and we were told it needed medicine!!! Fortunately it seemed to have cleared up itself. It did sound pretty bad, like a kid with croup. These kukus are becoming high maintenance.

A couple of weeks ago Nigel killed this snake in his vegetable patch. People here generally are terrified of snakes and with good reason - there in no anti-venom available. Nigel decided to take the opportunity to teach a lesson on snake bites as part of the emergency medicine subject. He brought the dead snake to show the class, there were many squeals and hiding under desks from many students. I also was not keen on getting too close. Some of the students were brave and came for a closer look. I hope they learnt something about snake bite first aid and i hope we never need to use that knowledge. With the dry season upon us snakes are becoming more prevalent but this is the biggest i have seen around here.

snakeThat's all the news for now. I best go ice that cake and find some scraps of fabric for tying up legs in the two legged race. Oliver has requested chapatis for dinner for his birthday so it's all action here. My plans for tonight include an early night. I'm pooped. My teaching block at the nursing school has come to an end for now. The students are back on clinical rotation for the next few weeks. Second Years are all cramming for their final exams in July, then the new intake (including George) commences at the end of August. Boys home schooling continues.....I am hoping Oliver's new status as a 6 year old will improve his attention span and attitude but I am not holding my breath. Below is a photo Rob took of me teaching my class on Stroke. Tricky to talk about stroke when there is not CT, MRI or angio for retrieval off clots. Hard to make it an emergency when there is little that can be done. But hopefully they at least now will do neurological observations!!

Sas teaching


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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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