Today we rolled up our sleeves, shifted tables & chairs, swept floors and generally started getting the new school ship-shape. Or school-shape.
During the festivities we found a takoy gecko. They eat mosquitos and cockroaches, so after we explained to him how many of each we could offer at Chez Kershaw, he was more than willing to accompany us home.
He’s nocturnal, so is currently biding his time waiting for night so he can begin hunting…
Today we took buckets of rice, bottles of fish sauce and gifts of clothing to some of the poorest villagers in Baray, about 100km north of PhnomPenh.
In one of the houses our children played with day-old ducklings, alongside Khmer children; boundaries of culture and language melted away as all squealed with delight. Another mother we talked with (through an interpreter) proudly showed us their church, a peeling wooden shack. We chatted with her in a lean-to barn amongst her animals, only to discover that the ‘barn’ was her home, and she was saving up to buy some walls.
Tom and I arrived at the Baray Village Stay at lunchtime on Tuesday. We have a shared house on site and eat meals at the Solar Cafe nearby. The house is lovely and free of mosquitos, the food is hearty and delicious. This morning we will be taking rice and clothes to poor families in the surrounding villages.
Wildlife: last night we found a frog in our bathroom, this morning a cricket joined us on the breakfast table. Fortunately we were too full of baguette, jam, scrambled eggs and hot chocolate to eat him.
This morning’s reading, in Rron’s freezing tuk-tuk at 6.40am, was Mark 13:
“But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come.
It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— lest he come suddenly and find you asleep.
en.wiktionary.org/wiki/hypoboleA rhetorical figure in which several things are mentioned that seem to make against the argument, or in favour of the opposing side, and then they are refuted one by one.
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/straw_manAn insubstantial concept, idea, endeavor or argument, particularly one deliberately set up to be weakly supported, so that it can be easily knocked down; especially to impugn the strength of any related thing or idea.
Tom, Matt and John headed north of the new school on their bikes to explore ‘the unknown country’ – and found a n open, grassy landscape not dissimilar to lots of places in Yorkshire, albeit flatter, hotter, and with more date palms.