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Getting my goat

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Sunflower

Sunflower

Had a fairly relaxing weekend trying to find our feet here and get to know the interns and staff. We went to a nearby church yesterday and were very warmly welcomed, and were given the ultimate cheesy 'first timer gift' bag- with a rainbow and 'Smile, God loves you!' emblazed across. Again, though, we were incredibly blessed and encouraged by the warmth and generosity in the States as an older couple took us out for dinner at "Sweet Tomatoes" and then showed us Fort Myers in their car. Their son, we heard, is an alligator trapper! I can't believe how measly the pay is for such a dangerous job (about $25 per alligator). We are both perpetually afraid of being attacked from any bushes by a wild and hungry alligator...
Planting agussi melon

Planting agussi melon


We had a strange start to the day on Monday, being once again slightly baffled by American culture, the devotions meeting turned into a very open meeting where live issues were raised and openly discussed, with tears and emotions running high. We felt quite awkward. We worked with a lovely intern, Joy, in her 'patch' on the farm. She gave a great overview of her garden, and even I could follow... or should I say fallow. DSC_1828.jpg'Semi- Arid' zone that we worked in today

'Semi- Arid' zone that we worked in today


We were shown around the library, by the very organised & well- read librarian, who tries to encourage/ bribe students to the library with candy on her desk... (even more reason for David to work in there).

A feeble attempt to milk a goat

A feeble attempt to milk a goat

I tried to help milk a goat this afternoon- an interesting and tricky job, especially as Freckles the goat kept trying to sit down. David had to hold up her bottom whilst I tried to squeeze out some milk. I think I was more of a hindrance than a help, but it was a good experience.
David wishes he was here for the full year, like the interns, and is excited to be learning by doing and having a 'hands on' experience... even hands on a goats bottom.
Makes a good brew...roselle tea

Makes a good brew...roselle tea

Posted by africraigs 18:20 Archived in USA Tagged food

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