Where to start! Last Friday we went out for dinner to celebrate Yama joining the household and had a riotous evening with much laughter and merriment.
On Saturday we had a lovely lazy morning then out to a Ladies' tea party organised by a local church. Every thing about it was designed to make the ladies feel special - beautiful table settings and gifts, hand massage and manicures and neck message - think I will pass on that next time though!
On Sunday a couple from the church took us out to lunch and for a tour around the harbour and to a theme park. We had a delicious traditional Durban curry. We saw the richest areas of the city although it was clear that money does not always go hand in hand with good taste! Amongst other strange building the massive purple mansion will stay in my memory!
We walked and watched the surf and saw the light house. I love the beaches here. They are surprisingly undeveloped and peaceful.
On Monday we finally made a start on Pat's laundry room. Or at least, the room that is supposed to be Pat's laundry. We took out three massive boxes and a bin bag but within 48 hours the donations had taken over again!
On Tuesday I had a wonderful day caring for two beautiful children aged 3 months and 2 years while the lady who fosters them had an appointmet. The little girl is gorgeous but the little boy has stolen my heart! Naomi cared for them today and as she said, it seems that everything little Ronaldo does is for the purpose of making you laugh. He is adorable. His foster mum is in her 70's and will be taking in a new baby in the next week or two - he was supposed to arrive today but had to go into hospital.
On Wednesday I stayed home and worked on the computer preparing for the Sustainable Living Expo.
Thursday we started with the hospital. Naomi and I didn't do the post natal ward. We stayed and worked on pricing the beadwork to be sold at the Expo. I did visit the labour ward though. Again the set up is very different from home. There are no individual rooms for labour and delivery - just a long ward with curtains around each cubicle - but the staff were as attentive and kind as they would be at home.
They do have the advantage however of being able to carry out c sections and they have a special care baby unit. Tell me again which is the developing country???
Then off to the Exhibition Hall to prepare for the Expo. I felt our stall looked quite bare but with the addition of a few more photos and rearranging the furniture it all came together.
I actually felt a bit homesick last night. It was really stressful waiting to hear J's results. Then when I did hear I really wished I had been home to celebrate with the family!
Last night however there was an almighty thunderstorm. Naomi and I came outside and stood under the awning oohing and aahing at the lightening - mad dogs and Englishmen!
Today was the first day of the Expo. The mornig was hectic as the schools were visiting. I loved showing the children the special "baby" and discussing pregnancy and the advantages of saying NO! When they looked at the time table that they would be expected to follow as a new mum they all agreed that waiting for marriage and a husband to share the load would be a good idea!
Tonight we had tea with Pat and Terry and Naomi has gone off to a meeting with Wandele. I am off to the cabin now and a chance to read my book.
Although our days are filled from 7.30 or so onwards until about 4 in the afternoon we have plenty of time to relax and unwind - we are really living the rock n roll lifestyle - some nights we struggle to stay awake until 9 p.m. ! No idea how I manage at home, getting up at 7.30 and going to bed at midnight!