|Pregnant zebra with bird on its back|
|More nyalas seen out the window of the lodge|
|Male Vervet Monkey|
|White Rhino with baby|
|Warthogs have to kneel to eat off the ground|
October 9th we had the funeral of Thandeka Shandu, a young 22 year old sister, who passed away from TB. She was the only member in her family. Her adopted gogo (grandma) belongs to another faith but wanted the branch to handle the services with a few deviations. We let them know how we would need to handle it and they agreed. The services went well and afterward they did a few Zulu traditions that were very interesting. Clyde was privileged to dedicate the grave. After the grave dedication, men from the family, friends and neighbors lowered the casket into the hole which they had dug by hand previously. One of the men jumped down into the hole and started laying small logs side by side across the casket and then another layer across the other direction. When that was completed, he climbed out and they all took turns filling in the hole with the soil (mostly sand) until they made a large mound. As the men were doing this the women were singing beautiful Zulu hymns. The cemetery was very humble.
|The resting place of Thandeka Shandu|
Following the meeting, Clyde drove back to Richards Bay, dropping off his passengers along the way just in time to pick up Yvonne and drive all the way back to Durban in the pouring rain. By now it was dark and we had to find our way to a B&B, Little Haven, in Durban, a sprawling city of about six million. Our gps took us to the wrong area of the city, but after some tense moments, we finally found our way. Little Haven is very charming and Grace Rawlings is a gracious hostess but when we arrived she informed us that her husband, Brother Vic Rawlings, had passed away unexpectedly two days before. Her children were there helping her keep things going.
|"Little Haven" Bed and Breakfast|
|Clyde and Grace Rawlings' dog|
|The amazing African Weaver building a nest|
We stayed another night and the weather was beautiful so we spent our preparation day seeing some of Durban, Sea World aquarium and dolphinarium. All in all, it was a wonderful weekend!
|Durban on the Indian Ocean|
|Yvonne at Ushaka Beach|
Can you tell it is a little windy?
|Beautiful fish at the aquarium|
|Large sea turtle|
|Great dolphin show|
|Saying good-bye to Elder Skinner who was transferred to Durban|
|Some of the children of the Port Durnford Branch|
|Branch President Vezi preparing the beef sausage|
|Clyde, Sister Chirwa and Sister Vezi|
On Halloween Sunday we had the Elders for dinner. We couldn’t really party but we had the African Elders experience trick-or-treating to various rooms in our house where the American Elders handed out the treats. It was fun for everyone.