Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Spring Visitors

In late March we were blessed with a visit from Doug & Marilyn Gingerich and Luke & Gayle Myers from Tallahassee, FL. The Myers stayed with us for one week, and the Gingerichs stayed with us for three glorious weeks. We had a great time and are still missing them!

Giddy over Goodies

When Amber's parents, Doug & Marilyn, brought us some tubs full of goodies, we could hardly contain our giddiness. ;)

House in Timu

As you may have heard by now, we've switched from wanting to occupy a government-owned house in Kamion to building our own homestead in Timu. First, the elders of Timu let us choose the plot of land you see below:

Then, we got a chain-link fence installed around it for security:

The next step was to dig a hole so we could sink our house down into the earth. Local people do that in order for bullets to pass over them while they're sleeping. Even though our stone walls would block bullets, I wanted to imitate their construction style as much as possible:

After the foundation hole was dug, we arranged for a builder to put in the concrete slab for our floor:

The next phase is to get a quotation from the builder for the rest of the project, which at present is to include our hut, a guest-hut, and a shelter for our vehicle. Over the next couple of weeks, we'll be hiring trucks to take sand, rocks, and cement to the building site.

Bean Spout

Have you ever wondered what would happen if your pressure-cooker 'blew up'? Well, now we know. First, the little topper thingy that rocks back and forth jumps off, and then whatever was cooking inside gets liquified and squirted out with such force that it paints a circle on your ceiling. Oops, that kind of bean wasn't on the 'safe bean list'. Bean spout!