Sunday, November 24, 2013
The sale was a great success. The final tally has not yet been done so we don't know how much was raised but there was a lot of selling going on. We are sure that there was more baking this year than ever and all of it was gone at the end of the day.
I didn't take a photo of the crowds because I was too busy helping people with donations but here is a close up of the queen sized quilt that will be raffled off in May.
The crazy quilt that Arthur pieced this summer was for sale and hanging on the end wall. (None of the big quilts sold today.)
I took a few more pictures of the baking but they are on the camera which we left at the office.
The woman who usually provided the background music CDs for the sale has moved away so we brought ours and soon realized that we don't really have that much Christmas music. And what we do have is quite weird. Maybe it is time to work on that.
All in all, It was a fun day.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
MCC Craft and Bake Sale
We are getting ready for the bake sale tomorrow. In the past few weeks, I've baked until the freezer wouldn't hold any more and all the containers were full of baking. I even put treats in shoeboxes by the end.
I'm exhausted and heading to bed early. It's going to be an early morning and a long day tomorrow.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Friday, September 27, 2013
|In Guatemala City we stayed at Semilla - the Anabaptist seminary. These flowers were very pretty, but a bit hard to walk through at night.|
|We visited the Mennonite Church in Guatemala City and participated in the Saturday morning music program. Here a young man is learning to drum, instead of joining a gang.|
|This is the aforementioned dump. A well organized though smelly place to work in, or look down upon for that matter.|
|One of our big adventures was going out to lake Atitlan to stay with some Mayan host families. We got to go to the homes of our host families on the back of this truck, in the rain. In the end, we had 14 people standing in the back of the truck.|
|Anna and Nicholas hosted me along with two other men. One of the men could speak Spanish, so we had a chance to actually talk to our hosts at length. Anna has five children ranging in age from 20 down to 4. Here are the two youngest.|
|We heard the stories of a number of families who had lost their homes to a mudslide. This is Juana. Her husband injured his leg, so is unable to work. Juana is trying to care for her husband and six children by making beaded jewelry.|
|The Spanish government built these new homes on the edge of the lake. Spain feels some responsibility for their historical treatment of the Mayan people.|
|This is the site of the village that was buried under 3 meters of mud. 150 people died in the slide. Since the area is now unsafe to live in, former villagers have gardens planted where their houses used to be.|
|Here is one of the three volcanoes surrounding lake Atitlan.|
|We met Rosa, who has 10 children and 18 grandchildren. MCC has provided her family with School kits for 18 years now. She lives in an illegal shanty town called "La Linea".|
|We went to Perquin and met a group of women who work together to overcome trauma from the war and who encourage each other to make handicrafts that they can sell and supplement their incomes with. I bought some crochet work from this woman.|
|We visited another daycare that was teaching dental hygiene. It is great to see who benefits from receiving a hygiene kit.|
|Raul was our driver for the duration of the learning tour. Nancy was our guide, organizer and translator. They helped to make the tour a lot of fun.|
Sunday, September 01, 2013
Everyone got up, had breakfast and came along to Heathrow to see us off.
Here we are with all our luggage in terminal 4. We finally got to use the extra bag we packed just for this purpose.
Just after take off we saw Windsor Castle. It's that white set of buildings which the greenway running vertically from the bottom of the picture leads to.
Our flight to Minneapolis was nine hours in duration. Arthur watched three movies. We were fed twice.
We were late in arriving in Minneapolis and had to go through immigration, collect our bags, go through customs, recheck or bags and then go through tight security, so had little time to make it to our gate. The gates couldn't have been further apart, so we got in a nice brisk walk to exercise some of those sitting-too-long muscles.
The boys picked us up at the Winnipeg airport and drove us home to a neat yard, clean house and semi stocked refrigerator.
It's been a great vacation.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
We headed out into the countryside one more time.
We found a great parking spot at the train station and walked past this odd tree to the down town area.
First we went shopping at the Windsor Royal Shopp, then we had lunch before heading to Windsor Castle.
The crowds were much smaller than we had seen on previous days.
The castle complex houses a cathedral - who knew?
We had to do this.
We also had to pack one final time.
For supper we had a slow cooker meal. Very tasty.
This has been a great vacation. It's off to the airport tomorrow morning.
Friday, August 30, 2013
In the morning we walked to a wool shop to see if there was any interesting wool to be found. We decided there wasn't any and walked most of the way back to the house, but were picked up by Susan and the girls enroute.
We drove out into the countryside.
To Stonehenge. We walked on a path all around the ancient monument.
The powers that be are making Stonehenge less accessible and in a few years the main entry will be about a mile away with a new visitor centre.
After seeing this world heritage site we drove a bit further to Woodford.
We had lunch at the local pub - in this case called the Wheatsheaf Inn. We ate outside in the garden because they have a playground out there which the girls wanted to play in.
The town was not actually a tourist town. People really live in thatched cottages.
We visited the local church, which was obviously actively in use even though the building is ancient.
Then we drove down the highway a bit further to Salisbury to see the cathedral. Just outside of the parkade is a big floral arrangement.
The Salisbury Cathedral wasn't too busy.
It is also in daily use by parishioners as well as tourists.
The cloisters were beautiful. We also saw an original Magna Carta in the Chapter House - no pictures allowed there.
A detail of the wall around the cathedral complex.
The traffic back to London was pretty thick, but not too bad. After an exciting day we ordered Indian take away and James showed off some of the strange artifacts he's received from working overseas.