In the afternoon we walked to a nearby fabric store to get fabric for the window in our bedroom. The 60” wide bolts of fabric, of all types and colors and weights, were wound on long cardboard rolls stacked on tables and along the walls. The prices displayed were for one meter (about a yard) of fabric. There were also many “capulanas” for sale; they were hung on lines from the ceiling. There were lots of “helpers” in the shop, so whenever I stopped to look at something, they were right there wanting to know if I wanted to have them take the roll to the measuring table. I finally found the color of blue fabric I wanted. I really don’t know what kind of fabric it is – if Lyn or Emily were here either one could tell you in an instant! The helper put the roll on the measuring table and the person there rolled out the fabric and found there was 2.4 meters left on the roll. We said we’d take the whole piece, although I only needed 2 meters. It was 40 MT/meter, so the total was 96 MT, less than $3.00. When we got home, I draped the fabric over the suspension rod in our bedroom and presto, we now have some color coordination in the bedroom!
Richard has a brand new computer and we found out this week that it has Windows 8 on it, so it has been a challenge to find the Desktop – but once he’s there, everything seems to work normally. We don’t have Microsoft Office yet, so all of our work, except for IMOS training, is done on my laptop which I take back and forth every day.
I turned my desk so I can look out the window into the trees and every once in a while this week we have seen a gorgeous bird, with a slender black beak and black wings and a green iridescent head, eating seeds on old tree blossoms. It is some kind of a sunbird; we’ll try to get another look and perhaps even take a picture so we can make a better identification.
We bring our lunch with us to the Mission Office and eat it outside in the garden whenever the weather allows. One day I saw three black white-striped lizards; they might be the common flat lizard (Platysaurus intermedius), a species of lizard in the Cordylidae family.
The soil here is apparently very fertile. One afternoon we watched the gardener prepare long shoots of a noded plant into equal portions, angle a hole into the soil with his trowel, and put the sprigs in the hole and cover them up. He explained that he had put most of the grass in using this method.
We continue to see beautiful orange-sun sunsets and one evening, when we were going home quite late, we saw a huge full moon whose light shone over the dark water. One late evening, on the way home, the water was very turbulent; along the beach there were fairly large waves. Little fishing boats anchored off-shore were really being jostled by the waves; in some places, the white spray rose up over the wall and splashed onto the road. There are some beautiful tile pictures along the road next to the water and Richard took a short movie of them glittering in the lights of the passing cars.
I have so wanted to see some interesting bugs to report to the grandchildren. My desire came out in a dream I had the other night of an elongated black beetle. I stepped on it ever so lightly to stop it so I could collect it and describe it better - and then I woke up! We have seen flies, of course, a couple of small spiders, and a couple of mosquitoes - we are glad we're not seeing many of those because they are the carriers of Malaria :( We don't go out after dark as that is when mosquitoes are out!
On Saturday we went grocery shopping and furniture shopping with the Hobsons. There is a very modern furniture store not far from our apartment and we ordered a cabinet to put in the bathroom. It will be delivered some time in September.
Whenever we're out we see people selling things from little booths by the side of the road or on the sidewalks. Here are some examples.
While we were in the park we heard this chattering sound in the trees. I thought it was birds, but I couldn't see them. Then we went to another part of the park and the chattering was louder. I saw some bird-like things flying in the tall trees and then landing to join a big clump in the branches. Then I saw one of them and it was hanging! Yep, it was bats! These pictures show the clumps in the trees, but we didn't get a picture of them flying. Their wing spans were about 15" or more. The pictures aren't very good as it was in the late afternoon and the park was pretty dark because it was overcast.
We didn't stay around too long after that and made our way home to the apartment.