July 2017 Newsletter
So often I wonder how fruit trees can blossom when we have not had rain since May, but the plum, pear and peach trees are in bloom.
This month I took pictures of my many gardens at my house. At the orphanage, we have huge gardens, so lots of work to water every day and keep them producing vegetables.
In the pictures you will see carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, garlic, lettuce, spinach, peach and banana trees. Another picture of cabbage, oats and plum trees.
The avocado tree this year produced over 500 avocadoes, and we are still picking them. We all love them, so good and healthy.
Some of you remember meeting Akiba when I brought him to Hot Springs Village. He is now a student at the University getting his bachelor degree in education. He was a primary school teacher, but he wanted to get his 3 year degree. Martha, his little girl age 4, visits me almost daily and brings her friend and sometimes Daniel, who is the son of the headmaster of the primary school. They are all my neighbors.
I had an unusual experience last week. One of the village boys, Beno, wanted a ride to town with me. He needed to see a farmer. Well, what he neglected to tell me was that the farmer was giving him a 4 month old piglet. So, in the back seat all the way back to Uhekule, I had this pig sitting on Beno’s lap crying whenever I hit a bump. The dust (vumbi) is terrible now since no rain. So when a car passes, we roll up the windows due to the dust, but the stench of the pig was really bad. I had four passengers in the pickup besides the pig, and we laughed all the way home.
Until next month, keep well and enjoy the summer. We are somewhat cold here as it is winter.
Blessings and peace,
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