After our return Doug and Joshua were headed down the road doing some work and Doug called to Joshua to stop, as he saw a very large puff adder crossing the road. Doug had a shovel with him, so he conveniently disarmed the snake. Here it is pictured. It was a full three feet long. It is the largest one I have seen yet. They are poisonous but not aggressive. We have been told that they are slow, and pose a treat because they can not leave the area quickly enough, often getting stepped on by animals or people. Their only defense is a bite to the offending item that steps on them. They eat rats, though, which scores a point in my book.
|3 Foot Puff Adder|
After our return , we were home for about two weeks doing various tasks (Tamara teaching English to the second year agricultural school students, Doug installing solar lights in some of the workers homes, working on the solar water system - a few bugs have popped up in that process, getting firewood, working in the garden, etc.)
Then the call came that we needed to go to Iringa to make a deposit at a specific bank to pay the clearing charges for the container. It is about 220 km to Iringa and back. Now I had to (begrudgingly) use my drivers license. Driving is a different world here! The mission station needed cash from another bank, so it worked out for us to borrow a vehicle (the users are on furlough right now) and drive there and back. Doug wanted to get his drivers license process started since we would be in Iringa, so we did that also. We ended up spending the night in the same place I stayed when I went to get my license. It is mostly clean and a good price for three people (equivalent to $10 US.) We could have saved money and got one that didn't have a bathroom, but the receptionist didn't offer, and I didn't ask. I like being able to get up and go to the bathroom without going down the hall and having to share it will everyone else on that floor. We have done that, but it is not my preference. And I am pretty sure that this place doesn't not have specific bathrooms separate for women and men. YIKES.
God blessed and we were able to do our tasks safely (with much prayer.) We picked up various items for several others here on campus while we were there also.
The container cleared for much more than we had hoped. We are waiting to find out how much transport will be, which sounds like it will also be more expensive than expected, but God always provides.
Since Doug had his provisional license before we left Iringa, I was able to be the passenger and tried to take a few pictures to share the "flavor" of our trip. Iringa is the regional seat, so it is the largest nearby city. Here are some pictures. We were on the move and I was trying to be discrete while taking them. They could have been a lot better and clearer under better circumstance.
|Downtown Iringa at the Market (sokoni) I found grapefruit!|
|Downtown Iringa building in progress.|
|A congested side street in downtown Iringa.|
|Heavy loads being transported by bikes (on our way home.)|
|Young children carrying heavy loads of water.|
|This is a NEW daladala, loaded with people, and stuff!|
|Pine forest just before getting to Kibidula|
We are almost home. This area runs through some pine forest that is cultivated for timber. There are varying stages of trees here. It is a very pretty site (especially after being gone for a few days!) It means we are almost home!
I hope my next post shows a picture of our shipping container being unloaded. We just got word that it is now out of port, on the truck, but they need to weld it onto the trailer. That is being held up because of POURING RAIN! This isn't the right time of year for that. Just another delay to help us be thankful and patient. We had hoped it would be here tomorrow morning, but now we will have to see.