Monday, March 12, 2012

Week ending 11 March 2012

Earlier this week I posted that I had malaria again. I have rested and taken care and feel ready to enter the fray again. Thanks to all for your concern, prayers, thoughts and messages.
I spent the first part of Monday at the hospital being tested and treated for malaria (photo by Sama, taken with my camera)
A belated photo of some of the Guest House staff posing with the snacks they made for our wedding anniversary at the club last weekend. Bottom photo from left to right: Rosemary, Jennifer,Salome, Pendo)

Mid-week I heard activities beyond my house fence. Going into the street I saw that the gardening services slashing the grass verges. I ran back to the Guest House, called Michael, the gardener, to bring a wheelbarrow and rake and, together we approached the garden team. We asked if we could have a little fresh grass cuttings which Michael loaded into the barrow. Returning to the Guest House, I asked Michael to toss a few bunches over the fence around the chicken run. The chickens went wild with excitement and clucked, scratched and pecked away at their fresh dinner.

The caged chickens at the Guest House loved their fresh greens
Above are two of the ladies preparing lunch for the hungry miners. I've taught them to keep their vegetable peelings for the new compost heap which I made with the gardener. The fruit peelings, of course, go to the chickens in the run!

Meanwhile out on the site, the mining continues. Grant and Marnitz photograph the pit and various activities for Grant's weekly report.
The wildlife doesn't seem too phazed about the blast!
Back home, Ambrose does the laundry after which he sits in the window to watch the world go by. This photo is especially for "Auntie Kay" from the Hedges kitties!

And last but not least, I received yet another photo of our beautiful little granddaughter, Abby. She was dedicated in church on Sunday. The parents bring the child to be "introduced to God" in front of the entire congrecation. (Even Jesus was introduced to His Father - ) When the person is old enough to make his/her own decision about faith, they ask to be baptised, also in front of the congregation. Amanda's dad is the pastor, so the dedication and later baptism ceremony is doubly special.
Isn't she just so cute?

Have a wonderful week!


  1. Lovely photos, Jo. They give a good sense of life there for the miners. The kitchen looks so nice, clean and organized. I'm so happy to hear you are doing better and that Ambrose has learned how to do laundry; Hugs. xx

  2. p.s. I forgot to say how cute little Abbe looks for her pink outfit. Love those big eyes of her xx

  3. Glad you are feeling better. Your new grandbaby is gorgeous!

  4. Sure glad that Ambrose helps you with the laundry so you can recover from this last bout of malaria.

    All those peelings and grasses should fatten those chickens.

    Yes, she's a cutie.

  5. So glad to hear that you are feeling better Jo. I was afraid that you would have recurrences after your first bout.

    What huge platters of 'snack's your friends prepared for your anniversary . . I do hope it was a happy one with many more to come.

    Love your happy chicken, pussy cats, granddaughter . . .

  6. So glad you are feeling better. Ambrose is so funny with the washing machine. Take care and keep well Diane

  7. Glad to see you're on the mend, Jo! You look wonderful! Love the pic of Abby - just too beautiful for words! thanks for sharing all your experiences with us! I am an ardent follower- love and hugs your longing sister Rose xoxo

  8. Compliments to the efficient woman you are ! You took everything in your hands make the chicken happy and probaly the gardeners surprised !You look great on the picture and little Abby is just too cute in her pink dress !

  9. Awwww...Love all the shots but Miss Abby is the cutest!!!

  10. Your granddaughter is a cutie. We're expecting a grandson in about 3 weeks.
    Funny that the chickens enjoy the fresh grass clippings so much.

  11. Abby is so precious. I love all the pink and white she's wearing.

    I laughed at Ambrose "doing the laundry!"

    I'm so glad you're feeling better, Jo. May the Lord keep you healthy for a long time!


  12. So much happening in your life. Never a dull moment. I'm glad you are recovering from the latest bout of Malaria. It must be awful for you. The little baby girl is a cutie. Shame you couldn't be at the service.


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