Monthly Archives: April 2008

Saying Goodbye

Written by: The Bridge on Thursday, April 24th, 2008

…..For now! Ed and Judy are out of here by tomorrow, God willing, they will be safely at home in Crystal Springs on April the 14th. Ed Vetter says this was his shortest stay in Palmgrove yet, having been here for the 8th time; his longest stay was around 7 – 8 months. I recall Lance’s blog in 2006- the one where he said that Ed is leaving for home too and he doesn’t know what he would do without him. Allow Brian and me to pipe up and say the same… “We don’t know how we will manage!” Having been her....

Snails And Other Strange “Foods”.

Written by: The Bridge on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

The food is something to get used to over here. If you thought I had a problem getting up for breakfast at home, here it is even less tempting. In the communal dinning area breakfast can vary from 7:00 am to 8:00 am to not at all. And then breakfast it is (bread and tea) on one day and (beans and water) the nest day. I can't survive on a slice of bread till 1:00 and so Judy Basel sometimes makes something when we get back from breakfast. At 1:00 pm it is "Garri Time" which consists of (beans and water) or or (garri with garri soup and water) an....

Easter in Africa

Written by: The Bridge on Sunday, April 20th, 2008

Easter Greetings from the white brothers and sisters in Palmgrove!

We are up to 6 now, Eddie and Anna from Cascade arrived a little over two weeks ago. It's nice to have more people like ourselves around. The black company, while entertaining and friendly does sometimes get a bit too much with their always wanting something.

Eddie and Anna are doing little jobs around the house while they try to adjust to the heat. But they assure us they....

Not All Sunshine.

Written by: The Bridge on Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Hello, blog readers!

Apparently, people at home or elsewhere are getting the impression, from our previous blogs, that we are having a holiday here! Over the phone, I've talked with people from back home and some told me that while reading about our adventures here in Palmgrove, Africa, they got the impression that we were having a good time here, that things were going well, and that we have nothing to complain about! Though this is not the case, I wasn't surprised to hear that. You see, when we sit down to write blogs for the public, we ar....

Making Bricks The Hard Way.

Written by: The Bridge on Friday, April 4th, 2008

When I think of getting some bricks for a garden, I think of getting a pallet from Barkman Concrete. Here in Palmgrove things are a lot different. Bricks are made entirely by hand. In the end, the finished product is of low quality and very inconsistent. But, with a rainy season that lasts eight months the people of Palmgrove rely on bricks to stop erosion. The termite ants are also a major reason for brick usage. Overall, the most notable thing about brick making is the amount of labor it takes.
To make bricks they need c....