The Next Two Days

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Day 6 - 12/14
The next morning I woke up feeling a bit sore, my wrists and knees weren't feeling so good. Maybe the bed needed just a little more padding. We decided to gather a bit more grass to soften it more.
Joelli and the boys turned up and Mike spent the day working with them. Over the course of the day it became clear that that's really the way to earn the respect of the locals from the west side of the island and get a good days work from them. It's all good hiring someone to come and work while you go off and do something else, but when people realize you're willing to work on the same level the camaraderie comes quickly. They invited us out for a visit on Christmas. Sounds fun! While they were working, I pulled some wood out of the massive pile that covers our land by the road, but gave up after realizing that there's too much. We'll either burn it or cover it with dirt and turn it into “hugelkultur” beds. 

When the guys were finished we could see very clearly where we could do the building we need. It doesn't look like it'll be too difficult. There should be plenty of sun and space to collect water. Hopefully we can get Lewai's brother out soon to take a look and get started building. 

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Day 7 - 12/15

I woke up feeling terrible. My wrists and knees were hurting even more than before, my left wrist was swollen, and my left knee felt like I'd been kicked by a horse. The bed had felt softer, and Mike thought it was fine now. Was the bed really doing that much damage to me? I began to worry that I've gotten too old to camp, I was having trouble moving around and felt like an 80 year old woman. 

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Lewai came by and we decided to make some furniture so that the camp would be more comfortable. He worked on a table to wash dishes and Mike constructed his first chair. The table was a success, the chair a little bit wobbly. Lewai also made a bench. Now the big rock isn't our most comfortable sitting area!

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Lewai's wife and daughters came by and spend most of the day with us. They shared lunch with us and we got to know each other a bit. We'll be spending a lot more time with them I'm sure. 

-Samantha

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Samantha Chappell