The harvest has slowed because of rain. It is overcast and cool and not good grain harvesting weather. Even so, the owner of the combines we are renting, wanted to go out to the fields and start working one day this week. So instead of letting him go out with the combines, Bracken took him out in the Land Cruiser and the mud was sticking to the tires and they were spinning in the grain. Not a good sign for cutting. Bracken asked the owner if he thought it was dry enough, and he admitted that it was too wet. We haven't cut any grain since the second day we got here. According to the local people, this is the first time in about ten years that they have had this kind of rainy weather in July. Just our luck!
Alan is constantly amazed at the poor condition of the equipment. When he inspected the combines the first day we were back he found that whole sections of knives and guards were broken or missing. Little wonder that our yields are low and unimpressive.
If you can tell from these pictures, the seedlings are growing in the shade of the grassy topped structures.
Underneath are carrots, onions, tomatoes, collard greens, lettuce, spinach, zuchinni, cabbage, and so many others I can’t remember.
They are even trying to grow raspberries. Below is a picture of the raspberries, strawberries, and apples.
Above is the potato field.
I have some flowers and flowering shrubs around the porch of my house. I don’t know the names of any of them yet, except two or three geraniums and one petunia. I wish I did know what was growing here, I usually do know what I have in my yard. This is a first for me. I can’t wait till they get bigger and less spindly-looking.
Funny thing about the seasons here. Alan informed me that here in the southern part of Ethiopia we are having summer, but up north in Addis, they consider June, July, and August to be the winter months. I believe September and October are considered the winter months here where we are, for that is when it gets really rainy. Alan says he read that during the rainy seasons the storms travel inland from the Indian Ocean and because we’re so close, and Ethiopia is so mountainous perhaps that is why there is so much rain. I’m sure it will be nice and green here then, so that will be fun to see, if we don’t all drown first or get buried in mud.
I think I said last spring, that our maid Ashreka was married. She told me today that she is not married to her husband. I asked if she had a husband and she said yes, but she will not be married to him much longer (I know, I was confused too).
This is the to-do list Ashreka and I made for us that is posted on my refrigerator: Monday and Thursday wash clothes, Everyday sweep with broom all floors and porch, mop all floors and porch, make bed, wash dishes, clean shower, toilet, and bathroom sink, clean and wash stove and refrigerator, take garbage to chickens, go for walk with Shelley, read English books with Shelley. Draw pictures, have rest, and have fun. Just to show you that some of her chores are hard, this is what she has to deal with on my front porch almost every day. And that was after Bracken shoveled it.
Every once-in-awhile you see menwearing scarves or turbans or something. Look at how skinny the man's arm is in the forefront. Most the people are that skinny.
Heidi maid, Misra, enjoying my kitchen and my bedroom.
My bathroom - that's about as clean as it gets folks. Notice the shower curtain.
Ummm, breakfast - Cake doughnuts - these were the leftovers.
We have an extensive sports program. Besides the karate lessons in the morning there is volleyball (net above) and soccer.
This is the clinic, also where English classes take place in the evening.
Oh, how sad! The demise of the washing station. It had to be moved and it fell apart. The maids are back to wshing our clothes in the dirt and mud. I hate that.
| "Crappy, crappy, crappy, internet crap!" - overheard wile Bracken was trying to talk to his family. |
I hope your week goes well, I hope we get sunshine. I hope everyone stays safe and healthy. Till next time.