Last Sunday we also had a first short church service in the tiny church building on the farm (next to the sick sheep). The farmer family and some of the workers also attended. We listened to a tape for 30min, discussed it and prayed; we hope to keep on doing it for the rest of the year as well.
Our school has been ongoing from the first week of January, but the public schools only started this Wednesday. As a result, Voortrekkers also started in George, and we had our weekly George outing on Thursday; it was good fun as the first day of Voortrekkers is always a Fruit Feast; more accurately a Watermelon War where everyone ends up very sticky and very wet. All of us look forward to the camps this year.
The boys and me also began some ‘paid jobs’ this week for which we volunteered; they babysit JanDiesel (our hosts’ 3-year old and very cute lively boy) two times a week, and I clean their house once a week. It’s a good way of earning some pocket money.
JanDiesel with our chickens' first egg which he found.
We had quite a lot of fun on Tuesday when our school morning was interrupted by a neighbours’ son who came for a visit on his horse; pretty soon other children had gathered and everyone went for an unexpected ‘swim party’ at the dam; something we usually did daily in the afternoons because of the extreme heat the Cape experiences during January and February (it’s above 30 degrees Celsius daily; in the middle of the day it’s 40 degrees Celsius).
When we got back and tried to put the horse’s bridle on, she decided she’d had enough and galloped off! We jumped in the car and sped after her, only to catch her 2km later; it was very funny to see how she had her own personality and definitely got annoyed with her owner.