Back and In Action: Our Swaziland Return


        The last 8 days could possibly be the most productive week we have experienced in  Swaziland – ever. Our budding homestead grew in bounds. From chicken mandala built, shade house (we don’t need greenhouses here) implemented, grass cut (by hand, by hand!), a stockpile of mulch and dried goods for compost collected, our humanure compost erected with its first deposit.
INSIDE we organized our space quite well and really only lack a few items (trashcan somethings, & a chair or love seat) til she’s fully functional.
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        I long to become like some of the farmers I worked for over the years. There is always so much work to be done: hay to cut, cows to milk, potatoes to plant, rows to hoe, fences to mend, mulch to spread, and seedlings to water.
        Yet.
        Yet, every time someone stops in, there is a conversation to have. The vet, a friend, your child’s friend’s grandmother, someone looking to buy what you grow, or a stranger. They are all worthy of stilling your hands and relaxing your anxious, get-it-done mind because they showed up. They are here now. And when they go, the work will still be plentiful. There’s not always time with these people, but there’s always more work. 

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Building the moveable chicken coop. The first step in setting up the chicken "mandala" system we learned at our PDCourse.

Building the moveable chicken coop. The first step in setting up the chicken “mandala” system we learned at our PDCourse.

Before we finished the coop, our gang of 6 roosted in the guava tree. All on one branch!

Before we finished the coop, our gang of 6 roosted in the guava tree. All on one branch!

Our fancy, schmancy kitchen. Generously donation selves, new stove top and cupboard.

Our fancy, schmancy kitchen. Generously donation selves, new stove top and cupboard.

You should have seen the mess before...

You should have seen the mess before…

:D not just any toilet, but a composting one. No flies. No smell. No mess. Love it.

😀 not just any toilet, but a composting one. No flies. No smell. No mess. Love it.

Finished mandala. Look at the weeds our chickens have to battle!

Finished mandala. Look at the weeds our chickens have to battle!

The future site of our garden, brimming with rocks & weeds. Awesome!

The future site of our garden, brimming with rocks & weeds. Awesome!

the shady place under the trees, potentially where we'll plant maize and beans?

the shady place under the trees, potentially where we’ll plant maize and beans?

again, FREE tank (thanks Brian) and sand. Viola! Water tank.

again, FREE tank (thanks Brian) and sand. Viola! Water tank.

Our front door & bench Sean built, plus chalkboard & calendar to keep us organized.

Our front door & bench Sean built, plus chalkboard & calendar to keep us organized.

The breakfast nook.

The breakfast nook.

 

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11 thoughts on “Back and In Action: Our Swaziland Return

  1. Mom Dicken

    Thanks so much for sharing the pictures! Great to see it all coming together…Yea!!!
    I pray God continues to use you both AND your new home to show the love of Jesus to those around you.

  2. Glad you’re back and getting all settled in!! Humanure sounds interesting, never heard of it 😉 Blessed to be on this journey with you. I love your passion and excitement for your work there.

  3. Glad you’re back and getting all settled in!! Humanure sounds interesting, never heard of it 😉 Blessed to be on this journey with you. I love your passion and excitement for your work there.

    • 😉 maybe I’ll give a humanure overview soon. Sure you’re not the only one. Blessed by your presence as well. Thanks, Sarina!

  4. Grant

    Great pictures, thanks for sharing!

  5. Paul

    Thanks for the pictures. the house looks larger inside than the outside looked. AND you have a door! That is wonderful.

  6. MAA MAA & Paa Paa

    Love the pics……..you seem to be doinga lot in a short time . We wish you well and know that GOD
    Has a mission for you ……love our time at the beach …..that must seem like a long time ago …….
    Since you are working so hard now !! Love ,M & P xoxxo

  7. Pingback: What IS Humanure? | Exposed

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