Today we welcomed our first visitors from the UK since our arrival in Tanzania. Although we did not know Steve and Judy well, they were members of our old church in Milton Keynes.
They are in Mwanza for a month visiting various NGO’s whom they support in their charity Wabia Network. These organisations within Mwanza and the surrounding areas are Tanzanian run but supported through their organisation.
We spent about three hours chatting over tea. It was great to hear news from the UK as well as to share some of our experiences here and to hear about their work too. All too soon it was over but it was a good time. For those at St Mary’s, we have given to them a gift for you, which they will bring back when they return, we hope if will find some use and remind you of us.
For now we have welcomed our first guests and though I appreciate we are off the beaten track here, hopefully we will have other visitors from home over the years.
A year ago this is what I was blogging
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It has been nice today to have a more normal day today after several weeks of preparations and celebrations.
Yesterday’s wedding was a great chance to catch up with family.
Last weekend it was great to celebrate Mother’s Day in Lincoln.
The previous weekend we had an Open House and a Car Boot Sale.
We have had both Mum and Anita’s parents ( Heather & Geoff) helping us get the house ready and then this week we have put the house on the market.
We have had several viewings already and await any offers. All this anticipation is a little exhausting. Not least, keeping the house scrupulously tidy!
We have already made a decision to not have viewings on a Sunday which gives us a day of rest. So today was more routine.
We had a nice lie in which was great both bring really tired.
Then we we were up and out for the 11am service at our church, SMB (St Mary’s Bletchley), the service was great and well led by Catherine (our minister) and Andrew (our lay preacher). SMB has been part of my life for almost all of the 26 years in MK. Anita and I were married there and the kids have grown up there. It was good to catch up with folk having been absent for three weeks. We go not out of habit or obligation but from a genuine desire – even so it is part of our Sunday routine.
It will be sad to leave in a few months time.
Now home it is time to sort out Sunday lunch, Bex is clearing out the guinea pig cage, the others are chilling.
Guinea Pigs – alternative cage
This afternoon either a board game or a film. I will phone mum for an afternoon chat – getting used to doing this by FaceTime ahead of the move.
Then this evening Matt goes to C4 (youth group) and Anita is playing at the evening service. I’ll probably do the ironing – though the TV schedules have changed – no more ‘Call the Midwife’ or ‘Musketeers’. We are both eagerly await the new series of ‘Game of Throne’ – our guilty pleasure. However, the first one tonight is a late (2am) simulcast which might need to be recorded! Routines need to adapt a little.
I wonder what new routines await in Tanzania. They will probably be different.
It’s all a matter of routine but in times of change routine matters!
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