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Sipi Falls

A Little Piece of Heaven in Northeastern Uganda

On March 8th, the same day Erica was leaving Uganda, my good friend, Imre, was arriving from Canada (I count myself fortunate to have so many willing visitors!) The highlight of his stay so far has been a trip we took last week to Sipi Falls near Mount Elgon, a region known for its coffee production. We spent a good part of one day hiking up to the falls -- the kids did great even through some of the steeper sections and we all agreed it was an adventure to remember!!

A view of the lower falls from our cabin

A view of the lower falls from our cabin


The middle falls

The middle falls


A man-made cave under the falls

A man-made cave under the falls


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Pretty blossoms

Pretty blossoms


Our guide, Alex, chillin' with the boys

Our guide, Alex, chillin' with the boys


Another guide joined us and had a knack for spotting chameleons

Another guide joined us and had a knack for spotting chameleons


Speaking of chameleons

Speaking of chameleons


Greg wasn't sure what to think!

Greg wasn't sure what to think!


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Little grass huts and banana plantations made us feel like we were experiencing the real Uganda


IMG_0897.jpgThe natural swimming pools above the middle falls made for a nice rest stop

The natural swimming pools above the middle falls made for a nice rest stop

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A Party for Leah

Saturday, just hours after arriving back in Kampala, Kara hosted a birthday party for Leah. Erica and Mara did face painting and there were other festive activities like a balloon toss and relay races.

After the rest of the party guests had left, we held a Baker-Aylard football match in the backyard; it was quite a game with the Aylard's claiming victory after rejecting a disputed Baker goal!!

Mara paints superheros

Mara paints superheros


Graham shows off his crocodile

Graham shows off his crocodile


Baby Kevin (she's a girl) watches with eyes wide open

Baby Kevin (she's a girl) watches with eyes wide open


Eagerly waiting to take part in the relay races

Eagerly waiting to take part in the relay races


Graham braces for the balloon burst

Graham braces for the balloon burst

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At the Nile Porch

One-night girls' retreat!

Well, I'm playing catch-up on my blog now, so I apologize in advance for presenting out-dated material over the course of the next few entries!

Last Friday, Erica and Kara and I played hooky from motherhood for about 24 hours and drove out to Jinja where we stayed at a lovely little spot perched atop a cliff overlooking the Nile. It was so great to get away and nice to be able to give Erica at least a little taste of another part of Uganda.

Kara enjoys the hammock on the front deck

Kara enjoys the hammock on the front deck


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View of the Nile from our room

View of the Nile from our room


Real brewed coffee for breakfast

Real brewed coffee for breakfast

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Before and After

So our big project while Erica was here was to paint the garage of the resource centre to make it a little more inviting for the children who play in there. Here are some photos to give you an idea of just how artistic my sister-in-law is (and she says she can't draw animals!!)

Before

Before


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And After

And After

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Babies' Homes, BeadforLife and Bad Hair

So we continue to take Erica on a whirlwind tour of the sites and sounds of Kampala.

Sunday night, I left the kids with Pat and Kara and she and I and one other couple headed out to the Ndere Centre to watch a dance troupe perform traditional dancing and drumming. While the entire evening, from the comical MC to the colourful costumes, was entertaining, I think the highlight was probably watching woman dance with as many as nine pots stacked on their heads. Crazy!

Monday, we visited two different babies' homes: one, our usual stomping grounds at Loving Hearts, and, the other, a home called Nsambya which I had not yet visited but which we hope to partner with when teams come to visit our resource centre. Here are a few photos of the time we spent with the children.

Erica and Freda (Mom, I know you're jealous! <img class='img' src='http://www.travellerspoint.com/Emoticons/icon_wink.gif' width='15' height='15' alt=';)' title='' />)

Erica and Freda (Mom, I know you're jealous! ;))


Little Moses who was so tiny for so long is finally growing

Little Moses who was so tiny for so long is finally growing


The new merry-go-round at Loving Hearts

The new merry-go-round at Loving Hearts


Erica plays with Debbie on the mats

Erica plays with Debbie on the mats


At Nsambya

At Nsambya

Today, we spent a long day at the BeadforLife office. Erica helped out by doing quality control and counting on the bead sale line and also helped in the soap production department. Normally, we get all 69 beaders through the sale by 2 pm at the latest but today, the line wasn't moving so fast and we were just finished (and able to go to lunch) by three. Erica was a trooper and kept smiling the whole time. Unfortunately, all the pictures from our day are on her camera and without a cable, I'm not able to upload them to my blog. Too bad, cause she looked really good surrounded by all those colourful beads. I even got some great video footage of her dancing up a storm in the bead circle, which is the informal meeting/celebration which starts every sale.

We had dinner with Pat and Kara and on the way home stopped for a long-overdue haircut for Graham at the One Love Saloon. Erica made some new friends!

Graham's unruly mop -- before

Graham's unruly mop -- before


In the barber's chair

In the barber's chair


Sisters from the shop next-door

Sisters from the shop next-door


Erica gets a hug -- this little girl was SO cute!

Erica gets a hug -- this little girl was SO cute!


Exchanging a handshake

Exchanging a handshake

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