Saturday, March 31, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
After supper (fishcakes from the freezer, scrambled eggs and beans…high protein!), we all wandered about outside in the back, looking at the plants and talking about them and admiring the growth of various things we’ve planted. The melon plants are flourishing in their spot, and there might be another little mango tree coming up where Nick planted a whole mango, or it might be a weed. I picked a bean and ate it today, but I do think they need to grow a bit more. Even so, it was very tasty, and quite a novelty eating something I’vemyself. I set Caleb’s apple seeds in a bottle, but we don’t know if they will germinate…being directly from an apple, they might have been GM’d so as not to propagate. It was really nice being outside together though…Nick mowed the lawn earlier, and it’s looking beautiful, and everything outside just looked good. Being late evening, it was cool and shaded. I think the boys are picking up our sudden enthusiasm for gardening. Caleb is full of ideas for what to do with his apple trees, and putting up fences, and picking his own apples, and so on. Aaron says he loves me so much that he wishes he was a flower so he could give himself to me. He also says funny stuff like “I’m so excited I could just fall over”. Caleb says that Nick (his father) is his best friend.
Monday, March 26, 2007
Sunday, March 25, 2007
After Good News Club, Nick got busy straight away with the bell; he’s working with Teddy, Steve, Nick W and another church man called Trevor. They had to dismantle the supports for the bell, leaving the bell in the tower on wooden supports. After about 100 years of ringing, the pendulum had actually been worn away on both sides. The cast iron supports are so corroded, it’s only by God’s hand that the bell didn’t fall down. As I said two weeks ago, it was providential that the rope broke while Teddy was ringing it for Sunday service, bringing about the examination of the bell and its structures.
Caleb and I had an appointment with Scilla, the optometrist, in the late afternoon. She did Caleb first, and was very thorough and very good. The outcome is that Caleb is short-sighted and will be getting glasses. He seems to have my eyes…so it may well be a downhill slide from here until we can one day send him for laser surgery! He chose his own pair of frames, a light coppery colour, which he will probably get at the end of April. Then she looked at my eyes, as I have some halo effects at night particularly, and although there is a very slight regression in my right eye, I don’t need glasses. Apparently in the “olden days” when they did laser, they did it in such a way that when the pupil is dilated, the image falls on a part of the eye that wasn’t treated or something like that. Nowadays when they do laser they treat a bigger area. So mine is nothing serious.
Friday, March 23, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
This afternoon I pottered around the house, donning my figurative handy-man hat to replace a light fitting outside. The light bulb had broken off in the fixture, which had also broken, so the whole bracket thing needed replacing. It was very simple, just a bit fiddly…sort of like changing a plug. I had the electricity switched off, very safely, and was nervous when I flipped the switch up to test it – but it all worked fine. Now we will be able to see our way when we come home from church the back way at night. It was annoying not having that particular bulb working. You might wonder why Nick didn’t do this task…he very firmly handed it over to me, saying that he was sure I know more about electricity than he does. I’m not sure if he’s right about that, but he was running a mile from that business. Give him a bag of cement any day over electrical stuff!
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
We’re doing Pp this week in school. I’m so amazed that I can tell both boys to write the word “map”, for example, and they both get it right. Aaron has a good understanding of phonics so far, and can easily break a simple little word like ‘tap’ down into its sounds. Caleb continues to improve with his reading. We’re working through The Three Billy Goats Gruff at the moment, a very easy read book, and he’s becoming fairly fluent in his reading in places.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
This morning the girls had their breakfasts, and then took forever in the bathroom getting themselves dressed and brushed. I tidied up the lounge a bit and folded sheets, and then bathed when they were all finished their ablutions. Had to pick up clumps of long dark hair off the floor and practically wash out the whole bath to get the toothpaste away before I even tried to feel at home in my own bathroom!
Nick had to be at Tammy’s house at 3 for the next session of album practice, and I had arranged to take the boys to visit Steve and Maureen, since they live so close and I haven’t been to their house in a while. We spent a very relaxed afternoon there. The weather was almost wintery in the country today – overcast and chilly. The boys played inside with Lego mostly, while Maureen and I chatted and read magazines. I fetched Nick at six, and then we came home for a very quick supper of fish fingers and scrambled eggs.
Friday, March 16, 2007
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
After lunch I went shopping alone, just to see what’s in the shops at the moment. I came away with a pack of marbled papers, in five different colours, quite reasonably priced, at the corner shop. We don’t often find anything useful in the crafty line in the shops here. At about 2.30 Elza called on with some ferns she had uprooted for me from the Sandy Bay Clinic, which she thought would still look good in the bottles. Of course I had to show her the new paper, so she buzzed off there as soon as she left here. The boys and I quickly went to visit the old people, and Caroline was so pleased to see us again. I felt bad that it’s been so long since we had been (before Christmas), but I’ve just been avoiding going. She said she knew I hadn’t forsaken her. We didn’t stay long, getting back in time for afternoon tea, and then I got stuck into doing something with the plants. It’s awkward to get into the hanging bottles now, as I have to undo some wire holding them up…so I didn’t put the ferns in, but rather planted them all into a container. Then I potted the melon seedlings which are progressing well, and also planted some more bulbs in the front garden, those aloe-type plants which Nick hates. The weeds on the house side garden are really flourishing, but I’d rather have healthy green weeds growing than nothing at all. They’re a nice succulent type of weed with a thick green leaf and purplish stem, which spread out as a ground cover. The portulacas on that side are also quite abundant now. Some time during the afternoon Lorna phoned, and we both had a good laugh about the fact that she was phoning to let me know about some nice marbled papers in the corner shop…I told her I already had them and had told Elza, and would have e-mailed her tonight! At least we all know we’re looking out for each other.
Monday, March 12, 2007
Church this evening was good, although seemed quite long. It was full – behind me was the medical row with Scilla, Svetlana and boys, and Elza. Sarel was called out, so couldn’t come. Last week when Teddy was ringing the bell for church, the rope broke, so Nick inspected it during the week, and discovered that the bell itself is actually extremely dangerously positioned now because the trussing and supports are so old and rusted in crucial places. It’s going to have to be taken down and repaired. So tonight there was no bell-ringing. Teddy announced in church that he believes it was providential that the rope came away last week, otherwise it might have been quite disastrous!
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Tammy, the island’s greatest singing success, has started work on her next album, and this afternoon was the first gathering of the clan. Nick was gone from 3 pm until just after 7 pm, after a long afternoon of putting music to the lyrics Tammy had written. They now have ten songs ready for practicing and polishing, and then recording. It’s unfortunate that he will be away from us every Saturday afternoon for the next however long, but it’s something he wants to do and enjoys.
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Monday, March 05, 2007
This afternoon, to relieve the boredom of the day, we took a drive. At first we were without heading or direction, but then Nick remembered that there had been a cricket match on the go at Prince Andrew’s School, so we pulled in and had our picnic there. It was so windy that the Cremora almost blew off the spoon before I could get it into our flask mugs. We watched a bit of the cricket from a distance, but it’s difficult to follow without commentary! Walked around the school a bit because I haven’t seen it before (Nick teaches guitar there, so he’s well acquainted with the school grounds), and I must say that I’m quite impressed. The school buildings are old and a bit on the run-down side, but it’s big and the lawns are well kept. There are many trees about, and overall it seems to be a nice learning environment (picture of boys taken at the school grounds).
I wanted to look for some plants for a hanging bottled-garden I’m going to make for the kitchen, so with Nick’s encouragement I climbed up the precarious route up the back wall and onto the mountainside. I think my days of rockclimbing helped a bit with this adventure, but I was nervous to be up there, I must confess. I had visions of spending the night on the mountain, being too scared to come down! I didn’t find any suitable plants except for one more geranium, which I planted into the front garden as soon as I was successfully off the mountain.
At supper we were discussing the fact that I was so scared about getting up and down the mountain, and Nick tapped his head, and said “it’s all in there”. “No”, I countered, “it’s in my muscles”, pointing to my arm. Caleb’s pearl? “But this” (points to head) “controls this” (points to arm).
This morning Nick brought me tea in bed – what did I do to deserve such a wonderful man. He gets up early on Sunday mornings to go over his sermon prep, while I have the luxury of lounging about until 7 am. Then the boys came into the room too, to be with us for a while. We got onto the subject of God, and that He doesn’t actually have a smile, or hands, or some physical feature which Aaron was querying. So Nick said, “God doesn’t have a body”. Aaron’s face screwed up in amazement and perplexity as he said, “only a head???”
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Not much to report on from the day’s activities. Good News Club was fine – I did the talk, on “Goodness” today. I’m continuing with the fruits of the Spirit. It was basically a gospel presentation, about how many people think that their goodness will get them into heaven, and then shattering that illusion. The gospel will be preached many times over while we’re here! I was saying to Nick earlier that I don’t think I’ve shared the gospel as many times or in as many ways as I have since I’ve been here. So many opportunities pop up with various people, it’s great.
Friday, March 02, 2007
Directly after breakfast I got stuck into the front garden. Prudy organized three bags of manure to be delivered to us about a month ago, which we just had not got around to digging into the soil, so I made it my goal for today. Thankfully the rain held off long enough to get it done, and I finished the front before the sun was shining there too brightly. Nick helped me with lifting the bags and turning over what he could with the fork. I also planted a little bush we’ve been nurturing in a pot in the back, which we didn’t want to plant until we had dug in the compost! So that’s done. Then I had the back to do as well, turning over dead leaves and grass cuttings into the banana tree garden, and then planting the bean plants which were top heavy in their little peat pots. It was very muddy doing all this work; my old shoes were about an inch taller with the caked mud. We also now have six sweet-melon seeds growing, same method as the bean plants. They have sprouted their shoots after less than a week. Who knows, we might actually get a vegetable garden growing after all. The papaya tree is doing very well, flowering at the moment with sweet-smelling little yellow flowers, and the mango trees are growing slowly, although one of them has mysteriously lost its leaves again.
Thursday, March 01, 2007
The RMS left for Ascension this evening. When she came in on Sunday, there was a big delay with getting the luggage and containers off the ship, because there was a drug-bust. Someone was trying to smuggle Cannabis (marijuana) into the country, and somehow customs and police got wind of it. They had to take the sniffer dogs on board when she docked on Sunday. People have only been able to get their luggage and hold goods off today and yesterday! We were very fortunate to be able to get our box on Monday.