Sunday, April 22, 2018

Week review and hike to village

Will cut to size once we buy the door.
Monday the 16th- we headed to Port-au-Prince: 
   -picked up Fritzlin's visa at the Embassy;

     - Cory and I had fingerprints done at a police station for our Haitian residence visas; it took a while to get back out of the limited parking area

      -bought a stove

     - grocery shopping, ice cream treat

    - dropped off mail with only 3 minutes to spare

     -bank which took three stops to find one without a big, hour long line

     -picked up some Konsey books at the Wesleyan Church office

     -2 hardware stores-tile, bathroom sink, spray foam, etc.

     -gas, propane tank filled

    -school work while waiting

- and a few more stops but returned up the mountain without any problems.
Rodent, wind, fog, and rain proofing. 
School work

Tuesday-Thursday: school, work on Blessing {the house} [painting floors, second shiplap wall, finished kitchen cabinets hardware, digging canal for water line] office work-focusing on updates and starting to line up speaking engagements and things like driver's training for Anna, for our summer in the USA.

Friday Cory headed down the mountain again: picking up the last paperwork we need to be able to bring Fritzlin to the USA and then speaking about agriculture in Haiti at Extollo, an organizaiton that works to train Haitians in building skills.

The topics included growing Moringa and making leaf powder, seed saving, selecting good varieties to plant, especially with certain crops like corn, papaya, coconut. Pest control, citrus greening disease. Introduction to some of the less common fruits that did well in north Haiti like starfruit, jackfruit, peach palm, egg fruit, malay apple.

Extollo has large gardens of banana and other crops and some small orchards that they would like to expand with more varieties of fruits. It looks like a good place to demonstrate new kinds of fruits and crops.

Saturday: school and work on the house. We brought over our third load of household items as we prepare to move from the Byxbes to our place.

Anna painted for me while I read her a school book in the morning.
Konsey books being shared at Extollo agriculture seminar.

Cory worked on fixing some of the leaking areas where the roof tin overlaps.

Nightly rains help us locate the leaks as well as having the water cisterns filling up.

Looks like we will have plenty of water since we are only a few weeks into the rainy season and the cistern is already more than half full. It is about 5'x9'x40'

Early afternoon we took a break when a missionary and friend stopped in during a visit to Fort Douet.

Nice to get to know a bit about other ministries and meet new folks.

Our house... top center
Today we hiked to the village where many of the local men who worked on our house live.

Almost 5 hours later-we puffed our way up the last hill, as a light sprinkle of rain started which was followed by several heavier rains.

Corn storage
Thankful we made it back when we did!
Seeds for living fence
Steep, muddy, slippery, but all made it safely.

Mountain bean garden.

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