pedalers and friends

September 26, 2008

Our trips to Gambia always result in meeting some interesting and wonderful people. Last week we had a suprise visit from Jamie and Emma who we met very briefly when at Footsteps in March. They were travelling from Bristol to the east coast so that Jamie could continue his peace pedaling journey across Europe. It was our anniversary which meant a lively, fun evening supping champagne and chatting til late.

Thanks guys we had a great evening and look forward to catching up soon. If you want to find out about Jamie’s travels visit http://www.peacepedlars.com.

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Wanderer returns

September 15, 2008

Rich has returned from his trip to see progress on the house. He insists that his was very busy sorting out roof design and looking at tiles but judging by his photos there was quite a bit of relaxing too!

 

Rhubarb to go

September 3, 2008

The build continues slowly due to the rain. Rich will be going out to visit the build on Friday so look out for more updates coming soon. Below is one of the latest photo – don’t photos of brick walls get a little boring after a while? The list of supplies he will be taking out include; puzzle books, mobile phone chargers, lettuce, rosemary, cress, coriander and rhubarb seeds (who knew you could grow rhubarb from seed?) and a solar pump! I am also sending out a Man United hat for Abdoulie who we sponsor – see photo. Why do so many Africans support Man U?

   

The lovely Lamin

August 13, 2008

Apparently it has been the wettest July for 15 years in Gambia but at least it is meant to be raining there during the summer months! More bricks have arrived so the build continues and is looking good. The lorry carrying them got stuck again this week – Lamin obviously decided to serve drinks rather than get his hands dirty! In case you are thinking that everyone seems to be called Lamin it is because a lot of people are. It means first born son (or something similar). 

Thanks to Ian we have a new website www.sunbirdhouse.com. I think its great, check it out and let me know what you think.

           

Bricking it

August 5, 2008

Apologies to Abdul for calling him Lamin aka The President. The house is really taking shape now, its amazing how quickly it moves on with a couple of dry days. Nice brickwork!

First photo is one of the bathrooms, second photo the covered verandah (click on photos to make bigger). Correct me if I’m wrong, David?

Getting to first base

July 22, 2008

Inbetween the deluges (is that a word?) the base has been concreted. Lamin struggles with a wheelbarrow and David stands proudly.

  

Gambia gets online

July 18, 2008

Yesterday we transferred the second payment for the house to The Gambia and today we receive internet banking details – typical. It has only taken 4 months to get set up! Not bad for The Gambia really. The last transfer we did took weeks to get there then ended up at the wrong bank (not the wrong branch but a different bank entirely). Fingers crossed this one arrives ok.

Up to your ankles

July 16, 2008

This is the last photo we have of the progress (about a week ago) As you can see there is a little way to go yet!

Rain stops play

July 14, 2008

This gives an idea of what the lodge looks like in the rainy season – and you thought England was bad!

Are we mad?

July 13, 2008

We have just embarked on a venture to build a house in The Gambia. We are extending the mortgage and investing in a holiday home on the coast in southern Gambia. Today we have heard that the track to the site has turned into a quagmire due to the rains so a truck with 4,000 of our bricks got stuck! 

The design of the roof is still in debate so Rich needs to go out sometime in August to agree what to do but flights are expensive unless anyone has any suggestions?