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So much of our days are filled with new challenges.  Our old brains, already forgetful, are really shorting out these days as there is so much new information, challenges, and wonders to process.  Life is utterly fascinating, never boring.  But, there are the small everyday tasks we do here that soothe in their calming, arcane behaviours we thought we would share:

There is the morning washing of the blackboard rag at the tap outside the classroom before our English Class.

washing the blackboard ragEnglish class


Jessie Texting

feeding the poor sick dog that wanders our neighborhood,

feeding the poor dog

Tally shining our shoes after our day of walking the dirt paths to and from our classes.

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Feeding our neighbor, Iri Moto’s, chickens who calm and amuse us with their clucks and antics,

Tally feeding the chickens

giving food to old Shamba who comes everyday in his heavy coat and bare feet,


then lastly our “cocktail hour” before we cook our dinner of beans and rice, do some work and usually turn into our beds around 9:00 to read before going to sleep.

cocktail time

Another busy, and unusual day for Tally and me.  It started with our English Class for Secretaries.  Tally and I took a course from the Literacy Council thinking this would give us the information we would need to teach here.  Well… there is a lot of grammar which neither of us can remember!  Are there 8 or 10 parts of speech.  10 commandments, so must be 8 parts of speech…We are supposed to know these things, we are supposed to know not only the definition of a noun, but the difference between abstract, countable, collective, etc., nouns.  There are so many rules in English, and we don’t remember any of them, though we feel we know how to speak.  So, our afternoons see us googling, prepositions, definitions, and thumbing through all the wonderful material the teachers here have used for years.  They are such Pros, we are idiots by comparison and pray that we are not messing up their students.  Got so desperate the other day, I brought paint and had the Secretarial students painting, and then writing the names of the colours.

We are also working at our other classes, Tally – Pastoral Care, and me at the Primary School.  So much going on there, but won’t write about that tonight.  Except to say that am getting some good drawings and paintings from the children, and working with the teachers on management and problem solving things involving the running of the school.

The milk that Tally wrote about last night?  well, this morning at chapel, she mentioned the delicious milk she drank and everyone said:  “Well, of course you boiled it…”  She didn’t, but since it was still warm from the cow, she hopes it was okay.  I don’t drink milk, so no problem for me.  Tally is also getting to be a pro at feeding chickens.  I kept chickens when I lived in England and loved them, now she is learning how nice they are to have around.  They certainly keep the lizzard population down, not to mention other insects.  We give them table scraps.

So much of our days are comprised of things not familiar to us and require forebrain effot and planning, that we are tired by afternoon.  We take a short rest, do some “homework” take a walk, then have dinner.  We are usually in bed by 9:00.  Up at six.

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