09 September, 2007

A Fun Day

This morning we went over to Ship Yard to take a look at how our Mennonite house was coming along. We got underway about 7:45 AM. Of course we had to stop for breakfast at the same market place eatery we ate at yesterday. Ham and eggs, refried beans, and fry-jacks, all for $5.00BZ each. Such a deal!

After breakfast, we stopped an Landy's hardware store to see if we could find an 8" cap for the pipe used in drilling the well. We got some caps but those work on the drain field not the water system.

From there, we headed on south toward Ship Yard over an unpaved road that easily is the roughest one any of us had ever been on here in Belize. And to think they move the completed house over this road. Oh my!

Since it's a series of small villages, we hoped to find a village sign announcing that this village was Ship Yard. No such luck.

Thanks to the bright eyes of Franz Wiebe, our Mennonite house builder, who saw us and hollered for us to go in this particular gate. At that point that was the first time Dianna or I had seen our house. Kinda cool.

As soon as we came up to the house we were literally surrounded by a group of very bright, inquisitive and very shy Mennonite children - all of them extremely shy.
Franz's Eldest Daughter
One of His Sons
None of the children speak English. They all speak a Mennonite dialect of Low German and Dutch mixed, that Mennonites have been speaking for over 400 years. I can slightly follow German, but this just throws me for a loop. The kids are all very polite and well-mannered. A neat batch of kids. There's seven kids here, one of them is married already. That's only half of it... Literally. Franz and his wife have 14 children! I don't know where they're all at. At least three are married, where the other four are is beyond me.

Franz's Youngest Daughter
Two More Sons
The Brood Lined up
Two More
After thrilling the children with the magic of digital photography, We went over to an adjoining field to take a look at our house. It was cool getting to step inside and walk around. Granted, it's still a bit airy, but hey, it almost has a roof!

I told Franz the insulation I ordered from the States was already in the hands of Customs at Belize City, so we shoud take delivery of it sometime this week. As soon as he gets it, they can complete the roof - plywood, then metal covering.
Looking Toward the Kitchen
Kitchen Side Exterior
Again, Looking To the Kitchen
Lounging on the Front Porch
Looking to the Kitchen on the Left
Looking to the Bedrooms
Conversation on the Porch
Another View of the Front Porch
Franz Admiring His Work
Here's a couple more shots of the kids with us. They just couldn't get enough of watching the digital camera. it completely captivated them.
Bob Morish
Me with the Kids
Franz and His Second-Youngest Daughter
Bob With His New Friend
After looking at the house and entertaining the kids, just like farmers everywhere, their proudest possessions are their animals. Of course we had to go to the barn to see the cows, horses, chickens, goats, turkeys, and pigs.
These Two on the Left Were a Hoot
Arnold Ziffle!
Cluck, Cluck, Clucking
and Oink
The Other Pigs
Some of the Cattle
Franz hollered at the guys in the buggy below to give him a quick guesstimate as to the value of the horse that Bob had been admiring (about $900BZ, since she was 8-years old), and to determine roughly how much a buggy like theirs would cost (about $1400BZ - including the harness for the horse).
Some Visitors Our For A Sunday Drive
One of Franz's Turkeys
Yesterday afternoon, the well drillers completed the well, going down to 60-feet. They reported that it was good water. I'm going to try to find a good price on a half-horsepower deep-water submersible pump and line. Maybe we can get that installed and ready to fire up when we get current (electricity). And maybe borrow Greg's generator for a few minutes so we can judge for ourselves the quality of water.
The Well Head
This morning, Bob lifted the lid to the septic tank and cut through the wood framing to enable a person tomorrow to go down and remove of the framing and supports, and to put the elbows and short pipe lengths that need to go on for the two inlet pipes.
The Septic Tank Opened
All-in-all, it was a very fun day. We got a lot accomplished. We even brought a short case of Belikin and shared it with Franz and his eldest son.

On our way back to Corozal, we stopped for beer and

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