New Beginnings

Last Monday saw the arrival of 127 bug eyed children on their first day of High School. They had come to do try outs for the sports team, in preparation for the matches on Friday.

Then on Tuesday morning at 5.30am, I set off by coach with three other teachers and said children, to the Form One Camp which this year was being held at Antelope Park in Gweru. We had a fantastic but extremely tiring two days there, where one of the teachers commented that “spirits and humidity was high, and the students and mattresses were wet”. It really did rain and rain and rain. This is the first time in my five years of taking the camp that we had gotten well and truly soaked. But we mustn’t complain, we need the rain, its just a shame that we don’t have more commercial farmers in the country!

We saw Lions, Giraffe, Elephants, Warthogs, a Rock Python and even a baby Tortoise. There are not many students in the world, that go on school camp and see such a variety of animals.

School proper started on Friday, when those same 127 bug eyed children arrived at the Junior Gate. This time the confusing reality of life at “big school” hit home with some of the students getting lost or going to the wrong class. Nothing new, it happens every year!

My one day back at school on Friday was beyond hectic, and at one stage I really thought my head would explode. But my boss said “try and get some time for yourself this weekend”, so I did.

Finally finished the mini quilt for my first ever swap #MQG. This will soon be winging its way to someone in the Southern Hemisphere.

Saturday morning saw the January meeting of the Harare Chapter of the Zimbabwe Patchwork and Quilting Guild where we had a great presentation on the Drunkard’s Path Block.

Then today I gave myself up to quilting, finally binding my MQG mini quilt swap,starting the Mitzi Schafer Mystery Sewalong. Also starting a mini quilt that is a gift for a friend. I’ve even started a beret to go with those fingerless gloves that I showed you last week.

Blocks from the first week of the Mitzi Schafer Mystery Sew Along. I’m intrigued to see what the next set of blocks are like.

My cold has almost gone, only to be replaced by the most hideous sun burn, which I managed to get, through all the clouds in Gweru. You would think that after twenty years in Africa, I would remember sunscreen!

Till next week,



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