Wednesday, December 31, 2008
We spent Christmas Eve at the Cottage and got up Christmas Morning to open presents and have a big breakfast. It was warm and cosy inside and a winter wonderland outside. It was a wonderful time to be together but we were missing Josh and Lynne as they were in Alberta.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
As a result of the need to travel, we decided to make the long trek (18hours) to Red Lake to visit Josh and Lynne as well as Mary's sister Gloria and her family. It was great travel as we were able to go with our friend from Iron Bridge (Shirley Reed) as she wanted to visit friends in Nipigon. While in Red Lake we had a chance to look around and confirm the news that Josh is going to be a dad. Which means we are going to be Grandparents!! We returned from Red Lake and then made plans to visit Aly on the other side of the province in Ottawa. Ashley Shantz had the weekend off so she came with us. We had a great time checking out Aly's house in Gatineau, visiting the new MET and touring the town. We had a nice meal with Aly's housemates, Dan & Pam Carlson, Matt Clark, Jon Carlson and a few others. The weather for travel was great both ways and we spent a few mild days at the cottage working on the bathroom.
This weekend we moved into my brother's house in Thessalon as he is in Florida. It is turning colder and we have winter to look forward to. We will try to make some regular updates to the blog as we have regular Net access here.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Namibia is warm and dry place. We travelled from Capetown to
Windhoek the capital ( very modern and very clean). We got a chance
to do a walking tour of the city and got our exercise. It is nice
being able to communicate (a real change from Madagascar) as the
official language is English but most people speak Africans. We met
AIM folks and they took us up north to an area where they want to
place a team next year. It would be a two year project. The town is
Rundu on the banks of the Okavango River which forms the border
between Namibia and Angola. That river is one if the rare rivers that
does not flow to the ocean but is dies in the Okavango Delta in the
Namib Desert. We stayed there two days then caught an overnight bus
back to Windhoek and a taxi to the airport to start our homeward
We flew to Lusaka via Jo'burg getting there at 10pm. We were planning
just to camp out in the airport but that did not work out and the
shuttles and taxis were gone. We hand to hitchhike to Lusaka making
for an interesting experience. We found a place to stay in Lusaka but
had to be up a going to the airport by 9:30. In the airport we tried
to make a few calls on our Zambia sim card as we had some talk time
left. We called Grace Academy and found that the grand opening went
very well and things are going fine. We flew out of Lusaka at noon
arriving in Nairobi at about 3pm. We got a chance to talk to a couple
from Arizona who had spent the last 6 months in Malawi. We stood on
line for three hours to get our boarding passes.
We left Nairobi at 10:20pm and arrived in Amsterdam at 5:30 in the
morning. As I am writing this I and sitting in a reclining chair
watching the planes as Mary catches some sleep We are getting
excited about going home !
Mary and tim
From Tim McDougall's iPhone
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Windhoek Namibia is reported to be the cleanest city in the southern
hemisphere and I think it is true. We have done a great deal of
walking since we arrived and the city is very nice. We walked down
Eros Weg from the small motel we were staying at to Independence Ave
the main street of the city. This is a modern city very much like
Capetown and the traffic laws are obeyed. We did some shopping at the
Post Street Mall then walked back via Fidel Castro ave and Robert
Mugabe ave. We past the famous Luthren Church and the parliament
buildings and the state house.
On Saturday May 24th we decided to go to the Angus Buchan Crusade at
Independence Stadium. The map we had was not to scale and we ended a
three hour walk with a 15 minute taxi ride to finally get to the
stadium. The crusade was great with about ten thousand people
attending. We had trouble finding a taxi and ended up hitchhiking home.
On Sunday we went to church with Suzanne & Mick and then to their
place for lunch. We went for another walk in the afternoon and ended
up back at the motel by 6pm.
Monday we head to Rundu in the north which is on the border with
Angola. We hope to meet with some AIM staff there and return home by
the night bus on Wednesday ready to fly out on Thursday. We hope to
post a few pictures if we can. Later.
From Tim McDougall's iPhone