Saturday, July 5, 2014

7/3/2014 A Getaway and Change

I know, I know, it's been a couple of weeks of silence. We have moved from the old Mission Home (apartment) to the NEW  Mission Home (Permanent). The move was one like none I have ever witnessed in my life, and with any luck, I'll never have to do it like that again. What can I say??
The move was on and off several times a day over a period of four days. Then we were told that it would happen on a Thursday...oh good we can get ready and stop living out of boxes for a day or so. THEN on Wednesday AM the movers show up with dump trucks...literally dump trucks. They resembled a swarm of black ants in the forest. All furniture went out windows, doors, vents (I think) and any opening they could find. We were so overwhelmed that I got no pictures. It was amazing. A pile of furniture in the truck with washers and dryers on top, and a fridge or two... We are waiting now for the furniture repair crew to come and repair broken and nicked stuff. The new Mission Home looks really nice and should function well as soon as the kinks are ironed out. We ran a batch of laundry and noticed water coming down the hall from the master bath. The laundry drain comes out from a drain under the bathroom sink???? There is no power in the bathrooms for curling iron or blow-dryer. There is one outlet in the kitchen. Lets see... toaster or microwave???? Oh well, I guess they were not building for Westerners. Really, other than a few small things, it really is a nice place.
The stress of moving was a good excuse for us to get away to one of the only resorts in Sierra Leone. It's called "The Place" and is located on the Western shore just south of Freetown in a small fishing village called TOKEH. The drive there was probably as close to a real Safari as it gets. One lane roads, 1/2 lane bridges, very large and deep puddles, and lots of smiling natives wondering why we were out in the bush.

Check out these pics.

 Let the adventure begin!
 What a beautiful country when away from the big city.
Yes there is a road, and I think a lane for us.
 Huge termite mound
 These young men were digging a trench to drain a huge puddle.
So we stopped and talked a bit. They couldn't believe we gave them candy.
 A very narrow and high bridge
 The water came up on the doors about 6 inches or so.
 I think he is passing us.
 The foliage is simply beautiful. They say the Elephant Grass 
gets over 10' high by the end of rainy season(October)
 Another termite mound...
 Great...We had to guess where the lane is.
 Finally the thriving metropolis of Tokeh.
 There are two signs in town... this was no. 2
 Ok...there are three.
This is the resort reception area. It is another world.
 No doors or walls. Pretty nice.
 The pool with the Atlantic in the background. 
We never used the pool...only the ocean.
 The restaurant at The Place
 The front of our 2 room cottage
 Inside was immaculate.
 Great show, with solar heated water....and all you wanted.
 View from the front door of our room... pretty sweet
 Shelter on the beach
 Shade for swimmers
 Sister Barney negotiating prices for shells
 Gathering in anticipation for the arrival of the fishing boats
 And here it comes.
 Most of the fish (a sardine of somesort) will make their way to Freetown
and be sold on the street.
 The little girl in the red and yellow top is the chief negotiator.
 Within minutes everyone is trying to sale their stuff
 This is the owner of another "Resort and Cafe" just down the beach, and he really
wanted us to consider his place the next time we visited the area.
 The club area.
 The well used beach front bungalow including hammock 
 These nice units include a mattress in the ground
 The Kanzlers relaxing on the beach chairs
 A final stroll on the beach.
 This is James, one of the guards at the old Mission Home compound.
 After most of our furniture was scooped up by the movers, we 
all threw our food together for one last meal at the old apartment.
Pancakes, eggs, and bacon
 Oh how comfy
 Left to right - Elder Barney, Sister Barney, Sister Ostler, President Ostler,
Elder Kanzler (standing), and Sister Kanzler.
 The new Mission Home and some of our Sister Missionaries.
They love to pose for "Snaps"
 Sister Barney giving a tour.
 Did I mention FLOOD...
I know we have the cleanest floor in Sierra Leone
 This is Samuel the gardener... he is quite the fashion bug
 I really think this is the only horse in the country.

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