Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Not too chicken

We are greatly encouraged by people who are not too chicken to come to this fine country.  This last couple of weeks has seen a constant stream of visitors going through our house.  Cynthia has done supremely well keeping up with all the bookings and managing food and places to sleep.  Serenity has appreciated the bounteous supply of teenage girls.  Samuel and Israel have thus suffered.  Xakira has turned on her cute looks for the occasion.
Serenity was able to help a team connected with the Yooralla work and Greg Buxton to build a small house for a widow.  Greg, Perry, Paula and others did a great job in coordinating the work.  A friend of Serenity’s was also able to visit and get up to all sorts of mischief.
Two cool chicks - Serenity and Grace with homemade facials.
We’ve been blessed with Entrega Ba organising cooking training for our cooks resulting in some delicious meals.
Emmy with a tray of buns cooked in our oven.
I’ve also (finally) completed our chicken pen.  This has been the result of 5 years of trialling different local materials and designs and even importing rolls of chicken wire from China.  The final product is a simple rectangle pen with a covered roof.  The chickens are endowed with expert acrobatic abilities through generations of having to out run dogs, cats, rats, snakes and each other. 
Tobias learnt how to make a sturdy chicken pen door that he hopefully wont need to fix for some time to come. 
Raising chickens in Timor-Leste is actually a real challenge.  The first step is to find a mesh that wont rust.  Thanks to cooperation from the Nazareth Foundation and Concrete Products Business we were able to bring in 100s of rolls of quality, rust proof chicken wire which will hopefully save 1000s of chickens.
We now have not two but ten mildly happy chickens!

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