Friday 22nd – 30th July
I would like to start this week by saying a big thank you to all who have written to encourage us in our walk. We love hearing from you, and we do endeavour to respond in kind, although lately I’ve fallen behind in this task. However this might be the result of us enjoying a short break at Kingfisher Lodge in Jinja. Three lazy days relaxing around a swimming pool was pure bliss. For the first time since arriving in Uganda, I (Bev) felt cool. I suffer from the heat more than Colin, some days are worse than others. People tell us that we will acclimatize, but it hasn’t happened yet – well, for Bev anyway.
I posted some pictures of Kingfisher Lodge in one of our earlier blogs, so I’ll try and post some different photos of interest. Our earlier visit to the various resorts enabled us to check them out, but this is the first time that we have actually stayed in one. While our room was clean and had almost everything we needed, it was still only Uganda luxury – but hey I’m not complaining – it felt like luxury to me. The price one pays for places such as these is very low compared to any NZ prices.
This was our dwelling place at Kingfisher Lodge. The hut is divided in two; our door being the one that you can see. Warwick & Marilyn’s is behind the tree trunk.
This photo is especially for Ollie and Billie. Poppa found this little bat hanging under the grass roof line, just outside the window of our room at Kingfisher lodge. Cute, eh?
The swimming pool sprawls out in all directions- great for children. This photo displays the diving end of the pool, which is quite deep.
While our first day was mostly spent lounging around this pool, the second day we indulged in a long-boat sightseeing trip on Lake Victoria up to the source of the Nile. This hour long trip enabled us to view many different things, including a close up look at the bird life.
Colin, Marilyn and Warwick ready to step into the long-boat. This photo is especially for Liz Hohneck – she alone will spot what I’m on about.
This huge heron may be trying to steal fish from the fish farm cages.
Fish Farming is all along this part of the coast line and it attracts all types of birds.
This is the point where Lake Victoria flows into the Nile.
These small tourist shops at the entrance of the Nile River are sitting close to the waterline, due to the increased water level fixed by the hydro dam about ½ km down the river.
Mmmm! How do I get into this shop???
Amazing variety of birds in one tree.
No, these aren’t coconuts; they are beautifully woven bird’s nests. The bird enters these nests via a small hole in the side.
Some of our treasures from NZ scattered among the cards that we were playing with while away.
I very nearly lost my beautiful pink NZ purse to Warwick; he said it would be perfect for his false teeth. I don’t think the little blue Smurf thought much of that idea – the purse is his home. I guess this lot doesn’t represent the typical missionary food imagine, does it? – Most were gifts.
We returned to Noah’s Ark on Friday afternoon, and that night they held an African night, which they do from time to time. Ugandan culture and customs were explained, and traditional dancing demonstrated. A typical African feast followed, including roasted grasshoppers. And yes, both Colin and I ate some, but I was glad it was dark. That way I could give the rest of mine away unseen, into eager little hands.
As I look back at what I’ve presented in this post, one might get the idea that life here is one big picnic. But I can assure you, we do work – well most of the time.
Our latest news is that we have received a three year working permit and a two year Ugandan entry Visa. We have shifted our return flight home from August 8th 2014, to April 22nd 2015, so it will be 9 months before we are standing on NZ soil again.
This is where we will leave you this week.
Love and Blessings to you all,
Colin & Bev Winters.