Sunday, October 08, 2006

South Side

Today the sky was a deep blue, and almost cloudless over Jamestown. After Good News Club, we packed a picnic lunch and headed off to the country. It was one of those hot days where you want to escape the heat of town, to where it’s a few degrees cooler higher up. We drove all the way down to the south of the island until we could drive no more, then parked the car and walked a short distance to a suitable spot. To our chagrin though, it was overcast, windy and a bit cold where we were, so our plan of experiencing the sunshine in the country didn’t work out too well. I was sorry I didn’t have the camera with me, because the vegetation where we were is very different to the rest of the island. This is sheep pasture, and the grass was spongy and tough, where you can step in tufts of grass up to your calves. Quite fun walking on/in it, especially because you don’t know if there are going to be any big holes you’re about to fall into. There are no snakes on the island. The countryside was dotted with little yellow flowers, of the variety that look dried even when they’re on the stalk. We had a superb view of Speery Island, and little Salt Island just next to that, and the sea was a deep blue, with white caps that made you wonder if there were dolphins about. Aaron wrapped himself up in the picnic blanket, while Nick and Caleb threw rocks down the mountain. I was the sensible one who sat sedately while I ate my lunch.

Later in the afternoon we went swimming, although the weather is still not to my taste for swimming, but the boys love it. They swim until their teeth are chattering and then some. Two girls from the Good News Club were there so of course they wanted to play with the boys. The girls treat Aaron like a pet or a doll – they love to have him sit on their lap, or they want to sit next to him with their arms around him, and he just laps it all up.

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