Friday, June 30, 2006

Day 4

The 'Battle of Paints!' Ger managed to 'acquire' some decent paints and learned how to carry 20ltrs on the back of a motorbike. The compromise deal was for the VN's to do the kitchen and refectory 'their way' (i.e. whitewash) while we got to do the kids dorms. Intense negotiations during the day with the Giller acting as Peacemaker (and close inspection) by teh Orphanage Director) resulted with a win for the Irish and the Diorector making plans for the whole orphanage being painted in the 'new' paint before we leave. All in all a great day for the V's with 'The Fields of Athenry' being belted out when things flying... Three kids dorms were covered and they look great...

A new baby arrived today, having been abandoned at the gate overnight - This makes eighteen babies in the baby rooms.

Gary pulled a 'sickie' - fulling certified by the Orphanage Doctor and had to take to the bed with Maria looking after him... (oooops, that doesn't read quite right!) but they had both recovered by dinnertime and went shopping afterwards!

Richie had his hair cut by one of the girls in the orphanage with the final shaping being done with a Stanley knife! It should be ok by the time he gets home.

Monsoon rains continue but we're getting used to them arriving around 5.00pm... Joe has moved to talking to the VN's - the V's having been bored silly by his tales of adventure while growing up as a kid in Walkinstown!! The Giller took to the blackboard (it was green!) and had a class of kids for Irish phrases, history and geography.. Pavel is teaching them Polish thru' broken English, so you can imagine the results...

Stephen is performing well (prolly in the hope of picking up a a job with Ger after the expediion!)
Half-day tomorrow and we're off Sunday (for Mass etc.). Hopefully the weather will pick up and we'll get to the beach...


At 4:29 p.m., Blogger Collette said...


Please take care of Garry & Richie after all the cubs need them back in one piece. I will try and keep intouch when on hols I will bring the web site address and hope for the best. Take care of each other

lots of love

At 5:13 p.m., Blogger Aisling said...

Hi Guys,

Glad to see you are all doing well and nobody is doing anything dangerous (like carrying 20 litres of paint on the back of a motorbike or getting a haircut with a stanley knife!)

Mind yourselves (and your Technical Supervisor please!) Aisling


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