June 2016

June 2016 Newsletter

Hello All,

June seems to be the wedding month here. It is very cool but no rain and lots of sun. My neighbor’s son was married in a Catholic Church a few kilometers from Njombe in the village of Kibena.

It was the fanciest wedding I have ever attended here and, of course, I was the only white person among about 400 Tanzanians. After 11 years in this country, I am very use to being the only white person at social functions.

The food at this wedding was the best ever; (tender) chicken, green vegetable, french fries (called chips or chipsi), rice, cooked cabbage and a piece of watermelon for dessert…a real feast.

Our corn crop is big this year. We have harvested all by hand, and it is drying now on the grounds of the orphanage. We will let it dry for about 2 or 3 weeks and then shell it.

Our wheat is almost ready to harvest, also, so this time of year is very busy. The children are out of school for this month, so they are helping in the fields. They learn to harvest corn by the time they are 5 years old. Preparing the wheat is easy, but beating it with sticks to loosen the grain is very hard work. I can only do it for about 5 minutes as it is a strenuous job.

Blessings and joy,

Bibi Kay

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