What I am about to write will have our Kenyan friends and loved ones, who have access to Internet/Facebook, laughing, and/or shaking their heads in wonder and puzzlement! Because, it is normal life here!
When we got home from our Thanksgiving celebration we had no water. It was off! Mind you, we couldn't even flush. No idea of when it would come back on! After a bit, the staff on the compound brought all of the tenants 20-liter jugs of water. So, before bed we washed our face, and brushed our teeth; hoping good results by morning. Yaaay! Friday morning we had water. Put the kettle on for tea, and we were good to go. Just before we started breakfast the electricity went off! So, we heated left-over coffee on the cooker, buttered some bread and fried it and we did fine. BUT, with no electricity - no water! Heated some on the stove from the 20-liter jug, and then we used a basin (bowl, in England), stood in the shower, and bathed the old fashioned way.
Our friends and loved ones in the village bathe like that always, or in the river, or murky streams left after the rains. They have no running water, plumbing, indoor toilets, electricity, no gas cookers, no electric kettles, no refrigerators. Yet, they manage very well. There is much to be said for a simpler, albeit not easy, lifestyle.
Our Thanksgiving continues! We have so very much to be thankful for in our lives. Here in Kenya we are frequently reminded of it. We, John and I, need to express it more!
Some of our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren called on Thanksgiving night to wish us Happy Thanksgiving, and others wrote on Facebook, even from England! That made it a perfect Thanksgiving Day for us - ending our waterless day with much, much thanksgiving.
Sorry no photos this time, but our next blog will show photos of the development of the large (and we mean LARGE) temporary shed for the tractor.
* Our Lorna is poorly. (This morning Hesbone encouraged the congregation to take time to visit the old, destitute widows.);
* A good tractor and implement shed that exactly meets the needs;
* Continued safe and uninterrupted sailing for the tractor;
* The DOVE Africa leadership conference this week.