Today is our preparation day and I believe we left off just as we had moved into our new boarding, the end of July, the first part of August. We are well settled now and it is working out well. We are approaching summer and it is heating up but is interspersed with rain, sometimes very heavy rain storms, accompanied by high winds. We are in fact expecting rain tomorrow that is expected to last most of the week. Our house is, perhaps, less than a kilometer from the beach but there is also a stretch of bush that separates us from the rugged cliffs. There isn’t much to slow the winds down during a storm. We can hear the ocean in the evenings, which we enjoy, and the southern skies as well as the constellations are breath taking here.
The African Weavers, beautiful yellow birds, are busy getting ready to nest. I can look out the window in front of me and see them. The males go to the palm trees and other trees and strip them of their long leaves and then weave very interesting nests, suspended from the trees for their mate. If she doesn’t like it she rips it off and throws it to the ground and he has to start all over until he builds one she likes. There must be something philosophical I can say about that but I guess I will leave that alone.
|Here he is building the nest . . .|
|now the wait to see if it will pass inspection!|
Brother Sunchaze, in back, is now counselor to Pres. Vilane
|These boys worked so hard!|
|The whole crew!|
|Richards Bay Zone|
top l to r: Elders Cunguara, Karabonyana, Risley, Ssenyonga, Nkambule,
bottom l ro r: Elder/Sister Nuzman.Elders Tidwell, Masilele AP, Mead,
Pres/Sister Von Stetten, Elders Martin, Keeble, Mbongwe, and Swarrzberg AP
|Elders Mead, Martin, Tidwell and Risley|
|Farewell Elders Martin, Keeble and Mbongwe.|
Thanks for a job well done.
|Breakfast with the Blackburns|
|Party at Sister Seoka's home|
|Loading up at the "last supper"|
|Picking up Elder Shelton at the Petrolport. Blackburns brought him |
down from Swaziland.
|Elder Shawarira and Elder Nuzman|
|Our new group last transfer:|
l to r: Elders Shipp, Risley, Moxon, Mead, Sis Nuzman, Elders Nuzman, Shelton
Cunguara, Karabonyana, Ssenyonga, Tidwell, Nkambule and Shawarira
|Lots of cow "stops" on the way to Kosi Bay|
|When your arms are full you cary the load of poles on your head.|
|African women are amazing!|
On October 13th, while Clyde was in the hospital Greg, Amy and boys arrived for a week’s visit. It was an enjoyable time and we packed a lot into the week they were with us. Clyde got out the day after their arrival so he got to enjoy them as well. They had to go home much too soon but then we did have work to do, so we were happy for the time we did have together. The boys were troopers and we saw, rhinos, giraffe, buffalo, lions, hippos and many other African wildlife. The weather cooperated nicely.
|Jonas, Isaac and Eli visit the Vilane children|
|Isaac makes a new friend in Nseleni|
|A beauty salon in Nseleni|
|Elders Risley and Shelton working in Nseleni|
|Our visit to the game park|
|Believe it or not, there are two lions in this tree!|
If you click on this picture it will be a close up and you can see
one lion in the crotch of the tree and one higher up on the left
with its paw hanging down.
|Zebra up close!|
|The beautiful jungle!|
|Eli, Isaac, Jo and Amy|
|Amy and Greg outside Hilltop Lodge|
|This elephant came right up to our van.|
|Rhinos crossing the road in front of us|
|Giraffe and zebra|
|At church in Nseleni|
|Jonas makes a friend|
|playing in the sand at the Richards Bay beach|
|eating fish and chips and russians with the elders|
|Greg talking to the elders|
|one of many monkeys at the beach|
The next day we went to St. Lucia. It was very windy but we did see hippos.
|A South African braai|
|Family Home Evening with the Sunchaze family and Greg and Amy|
|On the boat at St. Lucia|
|Check out those teeth!|
|Now guys, these are the rules for rugby!|
|Three little monnkeys sitting in a tree . . .|
The day before Greg and Amy flew home, we went to Durban and spent the night. We went shopping at the Victorian craft mall and the Indian market.
|The Victorian Craft Mall|
|The Indian Market in Durban|
|Saying good-bye to Grace our hostess at Little Haven|
|Elders Shipp, Ssenyonga and Karabonyana pose for a picture.|
|Yes, Elder Mead, you will be leaving us. We will miss you!|
|We welcome Elder Atoya and Elder Puso.|
|top l to r: Elders Risley, Moxon, Shipp, Mead, Shawarira, Tidwell|
bottom l to r: Elders Karabonyana, Ssenyonga and Shelton
This was our group before transfers.
|Our new group!|
top row l to r: Elders Shawarira, Atoya ZL, Ssenyonga, Nuzman,
Sister Nuzman, Elders Moxon, Karabonyona, Tidwell ZL, Risley
bottom row l to r: Elders Shipp DL, Shelton DL, and Puso
Approximately, 10 months ago in our blog we reported getting hit by a semi in our car. About a month ago we were on our way to find the Ngwelezane elders and as we were entering Empangeni we had to come to a stop. A large bus was in front of us. Suddenly he started backing up. We hooted our horn but he just kept coming. We couldn’t back up because there was a car stopped behind us. Well, he just backed up over our bonnet (hood) and put a good sized dent and scrape on it. It was an experience to get the police there and the bus driver wanted to leave but the police arrived first. We were to both report to the police station but he never showed up and law enforcement is very loose. We will get the car repaired in December when we have to spend a few days in Durban on an assignment. The bonnet still opens and closes it so it will be fine until then. So we have now had our second accident and we don’t choose to deal with small vehicles, we choose big ones to tangle with.
Since our company left it has been rainy. The temperatures are starting to increase and the humidity is building as well. We may not be as blessed with the mild weather conditions as last year.
Hopefully, we can update our blog more frequently. It is hard to remember everything when we wait so long. We love what we are doing but we have moments when we really miss our family. On November 1st, William Roman Cantwell, was born. He is the son of Jenny and Dave. This is our 24th grandchild and the third one to be born since we have been here.
|Welcome little Will!|