In Kijabe we have had people, especially from Abilene Christian University, come and visit us unexpectedly. They are either passing through, or they are involved in mission work in Africa, and they call to stop by. It is the greatest blessing for us to see them. We are always happy to be remembered! Again just this past weekend we were honored with a visit from friends we may not have seen for 20 years. We took them up Mt. Longonot which is a hot and dusty hike. We all came down ready to eat lunch, and then waited for 2 hours for our food to be served. So I think we may have lost old friends just as soon as we made them again after putting them through that sufferfest! 🙂 Everyone is welcome in Kijabe!
Allison went on a women’s retreat for the women of Africa Inland Mission. They graciously invited all the women who worked at Rift Valley Academy and Kijabe Mission Hospital. So while she was away for the evening, I decided to take the kids camping. Nearby is Lake Naivasha, and while there you can hike, camp, swim, and sail. Often giraffes and water bucks will come through camp, and you will surely see a hippopotamus. And so we took advantage, drove the hour to get there, set up camp and spent a day relaxing by the lake.
Heading to camp.
Setting up the tents.
Enjoying the relaxation and the sailing.
Time to head home.
By carefully observing my friend Tony and his sartorial habits I was able to pull this off.
I had noticed we had the same shirt, and I caught on to the fact that this shirt seemed to make it to the top of his choices on Mondays or Tuesdays. And so with great strategy this last Monday, I finally managed to come into work dressed as Tony. These are great times on the Internal Medicine service at Kijabe Hospital. (I think I need a life!)
When you find rodents in the house, the obvious next step is . . . an investment in the future.
Its not a baby. We watched one of my favorite guilty pleasure movies the other night, The Big Year. Its about birding. Then a few days later I saw on the internet that May 4th would be a Global Big Day where people all over the world would go out and see as many birds as they could in one long day of collective effort. Our family was motivated. We saw a few, but being novices it was some work. However, it is good to put a name to some of these birds we are seeing around the neighborhood. (These are not my photos; they all came of the www.ebird.org website.)
Winner for the loudest bird. The Hadada Ibis. They always come in pairs and make a loud squawking cry when disturbed.
The most majestic. The African Harrier Hawk. The pair of them have a large 3-4 foot wide nest in a huge tree just outside our yard. They have one of the most persistent whistling cries.
The cutest. The Red-billed Firefinch. These are tiny and could easily sit on your pinkie finger.
The one that shimmers with iridescence. The White-fronted Bee-Eater
The one with the coolest nest. The Baglafecht Weaver. They make hanging nests that look like gourds. Just outside the hospital there are probably 10 nests hanging in one tree and the air is full of these birds in the morning when I walk in.
The most black and white? The Chin-spot Batis.