Reed getting ready

The ceiling is getting ready. This grass came all the way from Senegal, near Dakar. Somewhere near Fajara/ Traffic Light some beautiful handwork in progress:

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Fruit!

I hear my trees have produced lemons and oranges!  Only a couple, but they have! Unfortunately, I have no pictures. The garden has grown quite a bit in the rainy season. I can’t wait to see how big everything has grown. There are orange, lemons, papaya trees, banana palms, avocado trees and a “soursop” tree that has already produced, but very small fruits. A fully grown soursop fruit:

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Misc in the mist

New pictures, sent through what’s app.  Not the best quality, this ” mist” seems to be caught inside Aliou’s phone. But still, very happy to see the progress!  In the rainy season it’s harder to build, mostly because of the dirt road that leads to the compound. It gets really muddy and the trucks are  having a harder time to get there. Adama decided to make the best of it and started growing water melons and Moringa. I love water melons, but won’t be able to taste them because I’m not there. My own water melons! “Don’t worry,” she said, “we’ll eat them for you”. So maybe next time…

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Storage and Water Tower

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On top of this storage- room- to – be a water tank will be placed.  We’re getting closer and closer to having a shower !

 

Oldskool Pinterest

HOW to build from a distance in the Gambia? Besides the people, the patience and the communication skills it takes to do business in a foreign country, here, you’ll need to be able to show what you mean. Gambian craftsmen can create many things as long as long as you can show them what you’d like them to make. You’d think in times like these, these things would be easy. Smartphones, What’s app, internet and Pinterest are available to everyone,right? Wrong. You wouldn’t believe how many things we take for granted, just don’t work like that here. So, back to oldschool, but very reliable,  paper, glue, rulers and pencils. And for these past years, I ve been taking my scrapbooks, camera and paper notebooks with me everywhere I go. What also turned out to be a good idea: me and my friend Adama  both have this same book “Eco Hotels”, she’s got it in the Gambia, I’ve got one at home in the Netherlands. On the phone, I can point out what I mean, simply by telling her the page number. And, then, when What’s app does work (which means the smartphone is charged, internet credit is topped up, and internet does work fast enough)  and fresh building pictures are coming in, one by one, it’s just magic!

Suck It

Not a very sexy subject, but it needed to be done. Because without it, things will get even less sexy very soon… And living “off the grid”, you’ll need to build your own sewerage; a “suck away”. When it’s full (of only waste water in my case), simply order a truck to come and suck it out, or build another one, somewhere else in your compound. 

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