Lalgadh Hospital – Nov.
Here at last, it seems an age of travelling and now a month of stopping still. The compound is very nice and our new home is very similar to accommodation in Sierra Leone. (In fact it is like a posh Serabu. As a massive coincidence there is a man here who has also spent time in Sierra Leone.)
At the moment I am sat in a central band stand type structure, which is where you are able to get the internet. Louise is playing with some of the children and most people are at church. It is incredibly peaceful and Angela is determined to track down a hammock for our garden. Pictures will follow.
Very nice compound.
Angela is putting in some very long days at the moment – coming home at 7 o’clock. Out visiting the villages is harder than she remembers. She tells me that there are some good programmes in place. Next week is another festival to do with Divwali, three days off. We are not sure what we will do with our time. Here are some pictures of Nepal village life.
This became a pet for Jacob.
If you have lived to her age then you get respect in the village.
A very nice compound.
Rice ready for processing.
A lab that Jacob could have spent more time than he was allowed. It was a busy med. lab so we had to be careful to keep out of the way.
This spider had a 20cm leg span. Not a web you’d want to walk into.
Angela was in full ‘Madonna’ mode. Louise also would have liked a sister.
This lady was coming back to the hospital with Angela. Although they did not share a language they both seemed to hit it off.
The children are on holiday, but the parents are still working. There are a lot of children around to play with.
Angela saw this girl making a skipping rope. After a good while preparing the rope she found it much too short. She went over to her smaller brother and took his.
A whole village activity
The food was a savoury donut, with chickpea and veg. curry, served on a banana leaf plate.
Harvesting is hard physical work, every one must help.
The empty fields show the terraces that are used to farm the hills.
A lot of the people dressed for the occasion. A govt. minister attended the feast to celebrate a year of work by every one in the village for the ‘Village Alive” project that Angela is looking at.
Traditional cooking methods, used to prepare a feast.
Jacob found a lab in the hospital that had a collection of creatures caught in the compound.
The rice is yetto be sepparated
Festival prepartions involve decorating the house. A fresh coat of mud plaster.
Not much outreach work can be carried out when the harvest is such a busy time for every one in the village.