I was taken to the shop by Linda who dropped off me and Bernard to continue with the painting of the shop and to put the second and final coat of paint, finally getting rid of cockroach orange and poo brown. I am a good painter but due to the rubbish rollers it was a good thing that we had put a lot of paper down on the floor and many things had to be corrected once dry!
Linda had a meeting with the land people to see if they were confirmed to get the big yes to own the land. (Michael and Linda are buying a piece of land and will be building a new house/office for SKRUM with their own volunteer accommodation in the garden which will work really well) I had been at the shop with Bernard and another girl until she arrived. To my delight, she had brought Ming with her and he is the cutest thing and just went exploring to every corner of the shop. It was good news and Michael and Linda are now official land owners in Swaziland!!! Congratulations!!!
Once Linda had made sure all the painting was to a good standard, she and I went about choosing the layout for the sign that is to be placed above the shop. The one from the year before saying ‘Christmas Emporium’ in a similar font with Christmas baubles hanging from the top was just amazing and finally she decided to keep that one and I thought this was a good decision and should look brilliant. After arranging the shop some more and having a few more visitors, we had some tea and them packed away.
Once returning home, we quickly got together the ice bucket, champagne that we had brought earlier and set off to the land to celebrate properly. Nadine, a good friend of Linda’s, Richard, their architect and the guy who owns the rest of the land all came along to celebrate too. People who had not met before were introduced and I introduced myself as Winnie! It just came out and Linda and Michael fell about laughing.
It was a surreal moment as we looked around and a ginger horse was trotting down the hill towards us like a dog. We asked Richard what it was called and he said ‘I don’t actually know’ so we all agreed that this was a great name of a racing horse and that was its name to us. After it stood there for a bit getting stroked it decided it was thirsty so started to drink from the ice bucket almost knocking the whole table over!
I quickly took some photos of this and there is a great one where the ice bucket looks like a trophy and Linda and Nadine have just won with their horse ‘I don’t actually know’!
Michael had decided not to get out of the car so Nadine sat in his wheel chair and consequently nearly ended up falling over as they tried to do a wheelie! It was a stunning evening and we all stayed there chatting, drinking and watching the sunset behind the mountains which was absolutely stunning!
Once returning home and having some food it was time for bed!
(Bethany is in Swaziland doing a volunteer placement with the charity SKRUM which involves rugby coaching, painting the charity’s logo on the outside of schools, AIDS education, being part of the team and getting involved in all aspects of running this wonderful charity)
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