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Please have a look at our pictures thus far. You will have to create a login ID and password for Snapfish (which is free and easy). This photo-uploading has turned out to be quite a project, so we both hope everyone is enjoying all these.



Lajuma Mountain Retreat (Gaighers' place)

While staying with the Gaighers at Lajuma Mountain Retreat, when not preparing for our work at the crèche, we spent our free time playing guitar and hiking. You will find pictures of the chalet that they allowed us to stay free of charge, their pets Watson (cat) and Pardo (dog), their micro-hydro waterfall (powering most of their electrical needs), and other beautiful sites and critters from top of the mountain.


Lajuma- leopards and hikes

Here you will find pictures of a leopard caught as part of a PhD student's study and shots from a beautiful bushmen painting hike, guided by Jabo Linden.


Louis Trichart (Makhado) Flat

Take a peak inside our Makhado flat (panaramas both inside and out) and see what our ant-deterring cinnamin trails look like.   


Indermark (Tswelopele Creche)

This is what you've all been waiting for, the beloved Indermark village.  Enjoy the pictures of the smiling children at the Tswelopele crèche and beautiful, yet simply-constructed community.


Makhado on Sunday

Before heading to the local Methodist Church (interestingly whose preacher is Polish), we walked around town taking pictures.  As you will see, the town is very bleak on Sunday's, quite a different seen from the typical weekday.


Random Photos from Makhado

Here you will see pictures of our walk to the local hospital (where we spoke with the dietian) when we spotted a family of monkeys.  Your mouth will water at the sight of some of the delicious fruits that are in season.


Indermark, Part II

More adorable pictures of the children found here! This time I got them interested in doing a little bit of weeding,  they proudly held their weeds in front of the camera. Take a look at our little VW rental car and all the beautiful Soutpansberg Mnts that we passed while journeying to Indermark to take soil samples of the garden.


Makhado Random 2

This ablum holds pictures of our walk through our neighborhood (bird nests, homes, construction) and homemade Thanksgiving pumpkin pie & fresh baked bread.

 + pics of a faintly-colored Makhado rainbow



These are pictures of the teaching training center located just west of Makhado. We travelled with Frederica (via taxi... we survived!) to meet Joy Nel, project manager of the center. She helped us determine what types of educational aids the creche needs as well as specific info about the teacher training. We were very refreshed after this visit... we hope to go back again. The small cottage pictured may be open in the future for volunteers or exchange students to stay and help with the local creches! The swimming pool, once cleaned and filled with water, will be open for swimming lessons (Joy is currently looking for a trained lifeguard/swim instructor to teach the local kids how to swim) Please contact us if you are interested in helping Faranani with their worthwhile efforts to equip rural women with the skills to teach small children. It is very exciting!


Tswelopele Creche Graduation Ceremony

What a joy it was to celebrate with the Indermark commuinity as 83 little ones advanced to a higher level of education (Grade R). It was encouraging to see the love and support granted by all the mothers in attendance (a couple fathers showed happiness as well). Since we were the "guests of honor" we sat in the head table with the MC, Frederica, and other community officials who spoke on various powerful topics such as child abuse (a message delivered by the local police), misuse of government subsidies (mothers should not selfishly use the R200/month child grant for doing their hair or buying clothes for themselves), and abstaining from pregnancy (b/c children are too expensive). The children performed little Sepedi and English rhymes before the community. The creche was filled with laughter, dancing, and lots of loud "Wa-wa-wa"s (a vocal sign of happiness). We hope you can experience a bit of this joy as well by reviewing these photos.  * take note the first set of photos are of the day prior to the celebration ... mothers prepping the food for the festival and the tent crew setting up 2 large tents


Hanglip Hike

On the Day of Reconciliation (when everything to our surprise closed) we decided to seize the day and go for a hike. We managed to hike for 4hrs roundtrip before the rains hit, cooling us off. You will find beautiful panoramas of our town from near the top of the mountain. Also the phenomena of a collective pile of flying insect wings (yes, just wings), as I mentioned in a recent journal entry.


Indermark III

Our trip with Laucky to assess the garden plots at the creche. You will see the poor condition of the vegetable plants in these pictures. Our soil analysis tests revealed that the soil is very high alkaline, so little is capable of growing. We discussed ways to improve the condition of the soil. View a picture of all the staff and Laucky also.  They are all smiling because they just received a December bonus from us (our way of improving their salary without dealing with legality issues).


Photo Shop Pics

In my spare time I found enjoyment using Tony's photo program to give an artistic spin to some of my favorite photos. Some simply involved a slight change in the brightness and color levels with an added "filter" (a paintbrush look, adobe finish, mosaic etc).

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