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Got to be there

June 28, 2009
 

David has left the sunny climes of West Africa for the sunny climes in England and we have just spent a relaxing weekend on our boat. As to the progress on the build ………with David over here and the fickle nature of web access in The Gambia it has  been difficult to get the latest photos emailed across. Finally, after several weeks and many helping hands, we got to see what is happening. You cannot fail to be impressed by the compost toilet……..might be a problem for those with vertigo! Most of the tiling is complete including the kitchen so only a few more weeks and we could see the job completed.  Work in the garden progresses a pace trying to get fruit trees planted before the rainy season starts (anytime now).  Before David returns we will be sorting out the details for the solar, furnishings and when Sunbird House will be ready for letting. We can’t wait and you have just got to be there!

 

 
 David at the helm
 
compost toilet

compost toilet

veranda

veranda

 

kitchen

kitchen

 
 

Festivities

December 16, 2008

Progress has been really slow on Sunbird House. It has been the rainest summer for the last 30 years making it difficult to get the roofing materials on site. Finally the roof timbers got to Brikama to be cut then last week Eid al-Adha celebrations brought work to a brief halt. Eid al-Adha is a three day Muslim ‘Festival of Sacrifice’ locally called Tabaski . Work resumes and I have been promised the rest of the build will fly up!

At this time of year Christmas festivities begin and many of us celebrate with plentiful pressies and over indulgence. This year instead of  sending cards to work colleagues, or giving the usual tokens to my team, I have donated to Opera Africa. I met Janice from Opera Africa at Footsteps on our first stay in the Gambia and the work of her charity seemed to be very effective. It also turned out that she lived in Hampshire and her husband has worked with a couple of my friends – small world. Giving to Opera Africa seems very fitting- visit http://www.operafrica.com for more information.

Happy festive season.