We have now been in our new home here in Tsumkwe for about six weeks. The title of this post is actually a play on language (Ju’!kwas) in case you think we have become dyslexic since we arrived here, though sometimes I wonder….this morning I greeted someone I made the correct click but then proceeded with hello!!
Our home here is much better than we had anticipated. We have a tin roof, which is great at keeping the rain out and Praise God in the fiercest storm we have had so far it remained in place. The night of the storm we did not get a lot of sleep because of the noise but also because the roof was rippling in the wind and we weren’t sure it was going to remain in place. We were able to see our neighbours house in the flashes of lightning and how their roof was flapping in the wind and so we were praying for them as well. The wind was so strong we could not go outside to do anything but in the morning we gave thanks that all was well. Our neighbour had one of his roof sheets move but it had not come off completely which was amazing as his roof sheets are held in place with rocks! Needless to say additional rocks were added once the sheet was back in place.
As you will see in the pictures we have a small sink which we have plumbed in since we came, a pipe through the wall that empties on the ground outside. The only thing is that for most of our six weeks we have not had a plug! On our first trip to Grootfontein we bought a multi-sized plug for our sink but when we got it home it let the water out. On our next visit to Grootfontein we bought another plug but it was left in the team vehicle which needed to stay in town for repairs. When we returned a fortnight later to pick up the vehicle I was excited to think that we would be able to use our sink only to find when we got home that this plug didn’t fit either!! Finally when Craig and Zeka went to Windhoek to pick up the rest of our team members he was able to buy a plug there that when he returned, fitted! Oh the joy of having a sink that you can use!
We also have a two burner gas stove which is awesome as it means that we don’t have to work over an open fire. It also means that our meals are edible….I am not sure this would have been the case if we had to cook over a fire. We have water on tap about 50metres away. We now have a routine for filling up our carboys and buckets so that we reduce the number of trips we make to the tap. Mostly the supply is reasonable but there are times when the water flow is reduced to a trickle or stops altogether and then we just have to wait for it to “come back on”. We have no problems with getting hot water, we place one of our black carboys in the sun in the morning and in a couple of hours we have nice hot water! Believe it or not we have appreciated having some hot water in our wash tub in the evening when we take our “shower” as after the heat of the day you very quickly feel the cold and drenching yourself with cold water can be a little too much. We have mastered the art of showering with a dipper and bucket in our detached bathroom and it is amazing how refreshing it is and how it helps us to sleep at night.
Our toilet is also a huge blessing as if we were to do as the locals and use a bush…well let’s just say this is an art we have not yet mastered as the cover is scanty at best and the thorns on the bushes are anywhere from 5 – 10cm long! Ouch! Craig fashioned a brilliant little toilet roll holder for us from a piece of wire and attached it to our toilet box so that it doesn’t unravel in the wind or get wet in the rain. Should you desire to own your own handcrafted toilet roll holder orders may be placed but delivery may be uncertain.
Craig also turned his hand to creating a frame for our mosquito net. This was made from disused pieces of camping furniture and is quite impressive and works perfectly! We have recently added some bug screens of a new design of our own making. We decided we required them for night time as when a light is on it attracts loads of bugs and now we are in the rainy season we have a proliferation of bugs! The only downside of having a screen is you can’t throw anything out the window anymore and it makes getting bugs that come in under the door a hassle to get out. Still we think this is a small price to pay for not being inundated with the wildlife. You may ask how do we have light at night, we purchased a small solar panel that has a light and also allows us to recharge our phones and this has been a great help.
We hope this gives you a picture of how we are living now.