Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Labworian Grass Roof

Most traditional roofs in Uganda are made of grass or some similar plant material. Since putting a grass roof on our house, I have been noticing the different styles much more. It was interesting to note that in each tribal area we drove through, the design and/or material of grass roofs differed a little bit. Some people use bamboos to hold the grass up, while others use tree poles and sticks. Some people intricately tie the grass to the under-structure, while others seem to just throw grass on top rather loosely.
We heard that the Labwor people of Abim district (just west of Karamoja) are known nationwide for the quality and beauty of their grass thatching. Because Labwor isn't too far from where we're building, we ordered bamboo, grass, and the services of our good friend Pastor Luka's brother: Simon Peter. Last Thursday they finished the grass roof on our first house. It took them about three days. Below you've already seen the outside of the roof, but I wanted you to be able to see the inside as well. It reminds me of a spider-web. It may look flimsy, but it's VERY strong, like a rib-cage, and we're told it could last 10-20 years, which means it'll probably outlast us!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Grinding to a halt

Our house-building project came to a halt last Friday as we piled all the workmen into our truck and took them back to Kaabong. For the next three and a half weeks, we'll be in Entebbe, Kampala, and Kenya, and we didn't want work to continue without our supervision. By last Friday our house had a roof on it, and the guest house's walls were all the way up. When we go back in late July, we'll have a month to finish both up of them before another SIL couple comes to help us produce an Ik dictionary from August to December.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Views from Timu

If you aren't able to visit us in Timu, at least you still get this chance to see the views:


We have to wash one dish too many... (thanks to no microwave or packaged foods)

Golden Honey Goodness

Ik honey, filtered but still containing little bits of honeycomb and other bee debris

Straining out wax and other stuff

"One for the bucket, one for me...one for the bucket, one for me..."

Up, up, and Up!

Our house is now awaiting doors, windows, a roof, and finishing touches.

The builders just started on the guest-house as well. Book your visit now!