Wendy’s Blog – Hi! I’ve arrived!!!!

Can’t believe i’m actually here! Flight was good and Andrew was there to meet us Kisumu Airport.

Road has been rebuilt since February, so a relatively smooth drive back to Andrew and Lucy’s house!  Realized as we crossed the equator that I’ve never been this far south! (simple things please simple minds!) We literally dropped our bags at the house – had some hot mandazi (home made doughnuts) and a glass of Sprite (think my diets out the window!) and rushed off to the RUSH academy.  Amazing school – really developed over the eight years – Joan is always struck by ‘seeing something from nothing’. Each class stood in turn and sung to us – the kids are brilliant, so happy…….definitely more trips back there this week.

Talking of struck – we then had to run for cover as the most enormous fork-lightning storm passed over! By the time we got home it was dark – and stayed that way all night as we had a power-out! Rosie – the advice to bring a head torch was brilliant! Trying to go to the loo (fortunately one that flushes, not the long drop outside!), get my mosquito net around my bed and find my PJ’s would have been very interesting – its pitch black!!  Andrew and Lucy have been amazing, giving up their house for us guests – especially as they are so busy preparing for tomorrow’s 10th anniversary celebrations.

Everyone went to bed really early, so without any else to do in the dark, I went to bed too.  Now – tell me they are squirrels running around over my head!!! I just kept saying to myself  ‘squirrels, they are squirrels……….’ (thanks to the bluffers guide for small snippits of advice!).

This morning we ‘had a shower’ in our 2 inch bucket of water! Took quite a long walk to the RUSH women’s project (they have closed Joan’s short cut!) where they are rehearsing for tomorrow too. Saw the new beds, mattresses and sewing machines being delivered, ready for distribution at the anniversary.  Have seen the carpentry school, the tailoring school, the choir, the IT ‘suite’, the chickens that our cell helped to purchase (well 3rd generation chickens anyway)……..only been here 24 hours!

Apologies for lack of photos………I’ll prepare myself better next time……..there is just such a lot to take in………everyone is so friendly but it is soooooo different to anything I’ve experienced before………..

‘Speak’ again soon.

Byeeeeeeee Wendy xx


9 comments on “Wendy’s Blog – Hi! I’ve arrived!!!!

  1. Will Cookson
    October 7, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    Of course they are squirrels! What else could they be????

    Really pleased you’ve got there ok – have a great time

  2. Becca
    October 7, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    Good to hear from you Wendy! Have been thinking of you loads! Enjoy tomorrow’s celebrations!

  3. Angie Cookson
    October 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    It is great to hear from you !! Have been praying for you loads. Wow you have seen so much so quickly !! Enjoy the party and I want a photo of you in my dress please?! x

  4. Angela Baker
    October 7, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    Hi Wendy!
    Glad to hear that you’re already getting stuck-into the Kenyan way of life.
    Enjoy the party, & please pass on my congrat.s to the team on the 10th anniversary!
    God bless,
    Angela xx

  5. Ellie
    October 7, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

    Wow! and we thought the new wine showers were bad! 😉 I hope you have a really amazing time there Wendy, i’m looking forward to reading all your posts. Please send my love to Lucy and Andrew
    God bless ellie x

  6. Bill Garry
    October 8, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

    Delighted to hear from you and to know all is going so well.Hope you enjoy the 10th celebrations and have a fantastic time in Kenya.Look forward to hearing more.

    Love to you and Joan,God bless.

    Diane and Bill

  7. Rosie Edser
    October 9, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    Wendy what a great post.

    I can just imagine you charging around in the inexhaustable Joan’s slip-stream! What a huge amount you have already packed in.

    I hope you didn’t see any of the goats that you’ll be eating for the celebrations (?!) Thinking of you at the celebrations today, drinking in the dancing and the speechs (hope they translate) and the heat and the singing….
    bless you loads
    Rosie xxxxxx

    • Will Cookson
      October 9, 2011 at 10:27 pm #


      It wasn’t goats for the celebration. I spoke to Lucy today – it was cows!

  8. Rosie Edser
    October 10, 2011 at 6:34 pm #

    Maybe that means Mistletoe and Licquorice are – ahem – have already been consumed

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