Limboing our way through the last leg

We are just back from a wonderful, but too short, couple of weeks in the UK. We became Godparents to our beautiful niece, celebrated a wedding of a very special friend, and spent a few days with family trampling around the British countryside getting nice and muddy. It has felt very different returning this time as this is our last stretch in Mozambique. In July we will leave Mozambique, returning to the UK in October time after an extended holiday. We’re now in a strange limbo period where we are concurrently trying to work out the logistics for packing up or selling the things we have here but also trying to live in the now and make the most of the precious remaining weeks. (more…)

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Experiencing extremes: from floods to drought

In January 2015 Andy wrote:

“Wells drying up. Crops struggling. Dust coats your hands, the walls of your house, the leaves on the trees. It’s hot. So hot. Everything is parched. No energy to move.”

In 2015 those feelings were quickly replaced by the horror of the constant rain and floods we experienced which washed out peoples farms which had been so desperately needing rain. But not that much.

This year, in complete contrast, those feelings still persist. (more…)

Guest post 10 – on medicine and missionaries

Rachael came to visit us for a week following a trip to a wedding in South Africa at the end of November. It’s the hottest, driest time of the year – she’s a brave girl! She has spent time in Uganda and Sierra Leone amongst other places and it was really interesting to hear her thoughts on the similarities and differences whilst she was here.  (more…)

Guest post 9 – communal living and goat stew

In October university friends Will and Emily came to visit for a couple of weeks and we put them to work finishing the pizza oven! Actually they were a great motivation for us and really encouraged us to finish some projects that had laid dormant for a while and for that, and for their endless energy and willingness to join in, we are so grateful. Will also got us started on our new hobby – yoga! Will is an engineer and Emily is an architect so their skills were very useful. I think there’s a joke in there somewhere: 2 engineers, an architect and a research scientist are building a pizza oven… [suggest your ending in the comments]! Here’s Emily’s blog… (more…)

Guest post 8 – singing in the office

In October university friends Will and Emily came to visit for a couple of weeks and we put them to work finishing the pizza oven! Actually they were a great motivation for us and really encouraged us to finish some projects that had laid dormant for a while and for that, and for their endless energy and willingness to join in, we are so grateful. Will also got us started on our new hobby – yoga! Will is an engineer and Emily is an architect so their skills were very useful. I think there’s a joke in there somewhere: 2 engineers, an architect and a research scientist are building a pizza oven… [suggest your ending in the comments]! Here’s Will’s blog… (more…)

The highs and lows of 2015

Our Dutch friends here call the evening of the 31st December Oud en Nieuw (Old and New). More than the British ‘new year’s eve’ it has a greater emphasis on the year that has past as well as the start of a new one.

For us, 2015 has been a year of extreme highs and extreme lows. Life never seems to be ‘normal’ here! It’s been great to be able to share most of those throughout the year with people via this blog but there are many that might be new to you (such as the time our house got invaded by ants and the time we pulled off an amazing thanksgiving meal!).

So, without spending too much time on this, and it’s in no particular order, here are our lists of the highs and the lows of 2015. It’s not comprehensive (sorry if we missed something!), but it serves as a quick reflection on this year. (more…)