Armed with lawn chairs, beverages and an appetite, we arrived at a sports field along with 3,000 other people. The event is supported by the Hindu community and several food stalls with fabulous Indian food drew us like a magnet. Overhead, the annual bat migration was evident as huge fruit bats blackened the sky for an hour at sunset.
When the fireworks started, we expected it would last 15 minutes. And it kept going. Surely at 30 minutes it would stop. And it kept going. The skies were lit up in a rapid fire succession of fireworks and it was a spectacular display. The total elapsed time was 50 minutes --- certainly giving any fireworks displays in the U.S. and Canada a run for their money.
The kids go to classes in the morning, and in the afternoon they participate in sports, in the choral group or help in the fields or barnyard where pigs and chickens are raised. As before, I was totally blown away by the confident way they walk in a dark world and of their abilities and strength that humble me.
|The banana grove|
|Layers and broilers are being raised. As money becomes available, they'll increase the number of chickens to enable more to be used as food for the students. Currently they get 2 eggs per week from the layers.|
|The pigs are the latest addition to the school's agricultural program. Currently 2 pigs live in this cement hut but plans are to have a larger area where they can get some fresh air and have mud to roll around in. |
Surely happy pigs will be healthier!
|Vegetable garden with maize field in the background. Water is scarce which affects the vegetables, but when the rains come in the next few weeks, they will be able to plant maize and use it for the school's food.|
We finally got some decorating done in the house.
|I hung 3 table runners on a metal rod to make a wall hanging. I haven't been watching HGTV for years for nothing!|
|This reminds me of the aliens from Roswell....|
|We love warthogs...I call this grouping "Our family".|
|Violet and Rabecca|
Is it just me, or does Violet look like Oprah Winfrey's character, Sophia, in The Color Purple?
"If you have a good husband, you can live outside and not feel the rain."
Rabecca, our very wise maid