The end of the field servie in Sierra Leone is approaching.
There were the last eye patients,
The last dental patients,
The last patients at the HOPE centre,
The last surgeries on board,
The last patients to leave the hospital,
The last day workers finishing, most left last week.
We have had our last family day out,
I have had my last times of sitting in Freetown traffic,
I have had my last day working as a midwife at the Aberdeen Women's Centre.
And it is all a little strange.
I'm going to miss the midwives, the mama's and African baby cuddles.
I'm going to miss seeing all the amusing sights while sitting in the Freetown traffic.
We're going to miss the beautiful beaches and mountains.
Soon we're going to miss the Ship and our friends, but for the next 10 days it is still home. We are so thankful that we had the opportunity to serve here this year, for all the people we met and fun things we have done. And we think of all the lives that have been changed because the Ship came to Sierra Leone for 2011 and that is quite an awesome thought.
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
After our tour of London Mining we were taken to the village to see the church they are building and stopped at our hosts house to meet his family.
They have paid for the church building themselves, it is still a bit of a work in progress, but they have the roof on now which should help.
Tom and Josh made sure everyone got some exercise after lunch by challenging people to race them around the grounds.
We had a fantastic day out - it really was a great way of finishing our time here and we really enjoyed seeing life in Sierra Leone outside of Freetown. Thanks Mike and Vi!
Thursday, 24 November 2011
After a bit of off-roading, we stopped the cars and walked the last bit to the top for some incredible views and a bit of explanation of what they are planning to do there
The views were amazing
There were butterflies everywhere, but our camera is not really fast enough to have any evidence of most of them, but this one stayed still for me :-)
More to come on the rest of our day out...
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Mr F turned into a Christmas tree - can you just tell how much he loves dress up days - especially ones where I go off to work and he has to get all three of them ready by 0745. This was our last dress up day on the Ship, so clearly he has survived the ordeal ;-)
Tom, as per almost every dress up day, wanted to wear his England football kit - for St Georges Day this time.
And Josh was a shepherd for Christmas.
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
"What is the vision for students leaving the school?"
Without a good answer to that question schools cannot know whether they are achieving what they want to.
Monday, 7 November 2011
Josh and his pre-school friends are in the front row to meet Princess Anne
It was an honour that the Princess Royal took the time to visit and tour the Ship and everyone that met her said she seemed very nice and actually quite down to earth.