Monday, October 28, 2013

Ping-pong Balls

This morning we went for a long walk on the beach.  On the way back a couple of teenage boys came down the beach to us.  They showed us what looked like ping pong balls.  They were actually turtle eggs that had been laid this morning and the boys had seen the turtle returning to the sea. The eggs look just like a ping-pong ball and are soft.  Unfortunately turtle eggs don't stand a chance on this beach. If the people don't get the eggs and sell them I'm sure the dogs will find them eat them.  We must have passed the turtle on the way up the beach and not seen her.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Tyre Blowout

We were travelling from Kakata to Harbel this week when we struct a piece of metal on the road. No service, no AAA, no nothing.  So it was time to see if the jack and spare tyre work, which they did.  A local taxi bike man stopped to help us in the heat of the day.  Have added a Google Map Location, see link below "Location: Firestone, Liberia".  We were near the Du Side Village on the Firestone Plantation.  If you zoom in using Satellite view you can see the rubber trees in straight rows.

Monday, October 21, 2013

$40 USD

Samuel Weah holding $40 USD in $5 bills (LD - Liberian Dollars).  There are no coins here in Liberia. The smallest denomination is $5 LD (approx. 7 cents).  You need some pretty big pockets if you are going to carry just LD.

Dip Well

Elder Widdison using a dip well.

Fresh Coconuts

Fresh coconuts.  I have become a coconut addict.  They are so good fresh and chilled.
These were from the tree at the Congo Town apartment (see Elder Widdison above).  Approx. 60 coconuts were harvested from the one tree and the Elder shared with us.  After the husk has been cut away as seen here you cut the top off and empty the juice in to a glass.  You get about one glass of juice per coconut.  Then you use a spoon to scoop out the meat and eat.  They cost about 35 cents each off the street.  A chilled glass of coconut juice is so refreshing.  And the meat is soft and sweet.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Bike Ride

Always pay at end in case bike breakes down,
On occasion when I need the truck or am not ready (don't want to go to
the office so early) Elder Hezseltine will go out to the junction and catch
a bike (taxi bike). The Miles (our humanitarian couple) just happened
to be going to the office when they saw this "really white guy" on bike and
wanted a picture of it. SURPRISE!!!!

Portable BIG Flat Screen TV

New Mission Office Compound Residents

The goats are used to keep the grass down around the compound. The
ducks, well they come and go as they please. They  make driving around a bit
tricky - they don't like to move much and when they do it isn't very fast.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Watching General Conference

Typically members watch General Conference in their branches when the DVD disks are sent out, 4 - 6 weeks after.  The District Presidency wanted to try watching conference as a District and closer to the actual time of conference, their desire is to actually watch conference live (may be some day in the future).  
We watched conference one week delay, time enough for us to download the sessions.  The District Centre was packed.  Every chair in the building was in the hall.   Some were there an hour early. They just kept coming.  At the closing hymn they all started singing quietly with the Tabernacle Choir, We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet.


There's a supermarket being built next to the Monrovia District Centre.  They were pouring concrete columns on Saturday.  I have not heard any power tools during the construction.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Emergency Cones

Here's how you worn motorists of a hazard.

Practising to be African

I think my head is too pointy!

Harbel Movie

The members at Harbel wanted to watch a movie.  We showed them 17 Miracles.

Check out the wiring.  Current here is 220V but we were only getting 110V.  So with some African wiring, a transformer and a regulator we were able to get a steady 220V.