Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Hi from Zimbabwe

It's raining -- but that's okay because we planted a little garden today here at the gardens by the mission office. We will see how it does - if the rain doesn't wash it out. Huseni, the guy in charge of the gardens laid long grass over the top - he said it is very cold and that will keep it warm. I didn't tell him that it gets a lot colder than this during our planting season at home. In a couple of weeks after the garden is starting to grow then he takes the grass off. I will have to take a picture of it.

We had a fellow come and want food, money or whatever yesterday - so we offered him work in the gardens and then gave him 2 blankets and 2 bars of soap (soap that they use for clothes). We were actually very generous. Pres. Nield said a bar of soap would be enough. He wanted to work again today so we said he could and we paid him $.85/hr. That is also generous. His rent is $20 and he needs money for that but we can't give him that much. (We did go out to the garden this afternoon and he was sleeping in the wheelbarrow!!!) I suggested Jim whistle and see how quickly he jumped up. He did get going pretty fast. Huseni is usually there to oversee him but he had left for 1/2 hr. or so -- so I guess he didn't sleep too long.

We are trying to get paperwork for our container - it seems to be lost (but not by us as we never had it). SLC is resending it. I hope we get that all sorted out soon as the container is due tomorrow. We still don't know how we get the stuff here to our storage container - we will try and touch base with Pres. Nield tonight --

Mom, I don't know if I ever told you that Pres. Nield is friends with Mark Smith (Wayne's son) that lives in Hillspring and has a pig farm there. Pres. Nield was there to visit last year - I think it was. He thinks Mark is a wonderful guy - he served his mission here way back when.

Gotta run for now. Love, Nancy


  1. The prophet says to plant a garden, so that's what we'll do. Remember that primary song?? We will try to attempt at another garden again this year as well. Nothing ever seems to grow in it matter what we do.
    Thanks for the tip on the long grass covering it to keep it warm. Maybe we will try to cover ours with gunny sacks or something since we don't have long grass.
    Can't wait to see what you planted and how your garden turns out. It it's like your back yard...I bet it will be beautiful!

  2. Aren't you glad you went? So far all the things you've written haven't sounded very scary (except maybe the roads ... and I wouldn't have been very impressed with that spider on my ceiling!). But what a wonderful job you're doing and thanks so much for your blog, keeping us all up to date.

    Your back yard is beautiful, by the way. Are you able to sit out there without being mobbed by bugs?