First Week

Posted by on 19 Feb 2010 | Tagged as: Uncategorized

Thought I would fill you in on the comings and goings of our first week. Firstly there has been a cold front of very windy, cold and wet weather, we have brought the great British weather with us, and have been wearing fleeces and duvets at night!!I have never known it so cold here, though the sun is still strong and we still have to be careful not to burn whilst out, as we are at the height of Ben Nevis, and can feel the altitude when walking. We have been taking small groups of children out every afternoon which has been great fun, we walk for hours and miles up and down steep mountains ,its something we love to do its so very beautiful here.
In the mornings I teach our children which has been lovely, they say they would prefer to study at home (not sure mum agrees)and I do the floors which get very dusty and muddy. I have tried washing the clothes on the pilar ,a cement washing slab outside where you rub the clothes with soap and water, its hard work and takes ages, but I am in awe of the Honduran women who do this everyday and their clothes are so white!!I need to practice..But I still think I will be hugging the washing machine when we get back.
Hamish has been helping on the construction site of the new commodore (dining room) and he seems to be enjoying his new found muscles!
Tomorrow we are doing some music in a bible school for children in the village which should be fun; there will be 200 kids there. It’s a talent contest (Honduran x factor I fear) and I will be playing saxophone and talking to the kids about using our talents. So excited to have a sax to play, there is one that works in the orphanage so we have been practising some songs for the orphanage church ,Sunday mornings. This Sunday I am singing in the church in Tegucigalpa and it will be lovely to catch up with friends there.
We are very thankful for our lovely little house up the mountain, and are so blessed that Wendy let us use her new house before she did. They also said we can have anyone round and whilst we are here it is our house. They are such lovely and generous people.
Animal encounters….no nasty creatures in house yet, (apart from mice)though we have all had a fair share of mosquito bites. Seth was picking fleas off a puppy at the farm and I think he brought a couple home to join our family. Both he and Darcy are covered in what look like flea bites..Yuk..But taught him a lesson! I found Flora in the orphanage chasing cows, she thinks they are cute, I`m sure the terrified cows don’t think she is! The kids really love all the wildlife and Seth caught a baby chicken whilst on a walk….he was really pleased with himself until its mother leapt out and pecked him I’ve never seen him jump so much, it was really funny, all the kids were laughing.
We were talking the other night about how relaxed it is here even though people work hard. We are also amazed how early we go to bed and how lovely it is not to be distracted by television, phones and constant internet access. Our bodies seem to just sleep and wake in exactly the right time our bodies need, which is so refreshing and different from the UK, where every minute seems to be filled with activity, and every thought of what to do next.
Everyone is enjoying Honduran food and thankfully the kids enjoy the beans, particularly fried with cheese. Seth is the fussy eater yet happily told me for lunch he `d tried chicken livers which he didn’t like but thought the stomach was fine! Everthing is used here, and rightly so. So mums and Dads at home we obviously should be cooking more offal at home to tempt our fussy kids to eat! With that lovely thought we will leave you. We will hopefully send this tomorrow…electricity pending, we were without power last night. All our love the Macdonald’s.

Here in Tegucigalpa

Posted by on 13 Feb 2010 | Tagged as: Uncategorized

Some pics: here

Well the trip to Tegucigalpa was an epic 8 hours due to road works and a terrible accident involving an oil tanker which exploded.We arrived in a dodgy part of town at 9.30 pm and were reunited with friends as they picked us up. The journey up the mountain was our first pick up ride of the trip,the kids were so glad to be back..Pick ups are great fun! Wendy and Alberto took us to their new house (isn’t quite finished and they are moving in in a couple of months!!They are kindly letting us road test it).Its a 2 bed roomed house with electricity, a toilet and cold shower, and for Honduras safe and comfortable. It’s in a pine clad mountain side and although the days are noisy because its still a building site the nights are silent apart from the lovely sound of insects that lull you to sleep. Our first morning we woke up to knocking on our door. It was a workman wanting a spade..it was 7am, it made us laugh, its definitely Honduras. Me and Hamish are sharing a single bed..very cosy! Even though I’m only little I like my space in bed poor Hamish has nearly been knocked to the floor a couple of times. Yesterday we had our first animal invasion of a cute little brown mouse, we chased it out of the house then about an hour later another one appeared Seth caught it like a pro,all good family entertainment, we haven’t missed the TV once yet! We have caught up with lots of friends which has been lovely. We visited the orphanage and got mobbed by a load of children and young people we have got to know over the years, its been fantastic to see them all. The place itself has undergone changes and it looks lovely .The houses the kids live in now are beautiful, a great job has been done on them. We have taken the first few days easy getting used to the sun and heat,Flora running around with her friends despite factor 30 got burnt, it is very hot(wonderful after a cold winter).This morning we were woken by workman wanting cement this time stored in the house,then a little while later a gang of kids from the finca(orphanage) arrived all exited to come and see us. Will send some pis of thier gorgeous little faces. We then went to Mundas house who let all the kids make tortillas.Munda is a lovely lady who works tirelessly for the kids and the church. She and her husband always have a smile and food for anyone who needs it, and is a most inspiring woman, but is now struggling to keep up with all the work necessary to pay the fees for university for her youngest son. These are about 65 pounds a month ,so if anyone would sponsor her I know it would bless her and help her out so much. She has a problem with pain in her knees so the extra work she is now finding difficult, and that amount of money for her is a small fortune. So that is one need, but we are surrounded by so many struggling people on the absolute breadline. Many women have to leave their young children at home alone whilst they go to work to provide food. Life is a daily struggle,there is need everywhere…so if anyone reading this thinks they could help ,even a few pounds per month there is loads of opportunity for it to go straight to the people who need it. Today I have been helping write down the words to a Hannah Montana CD for the teenage girls, and Hamish has been chucking rubble in a pick up truck. We will be taking groups of children walking in the mountains to give them some time doing different things, and its really good for getting to know them better. The girls love singing and it would be nice to teach them some new songs(hopefully not Hannah Montana!)We have been eating the local foods and enjoying it, where we live smells gorgeous of pine trees and cumin and coriander, and the sky is a most amazing blue. We will post photos soon. Honeymoon is over!!Alberto brought us another bed today, we were quite happy to share but bless him its nice to have the space. We are all well and the kids are getting along really well together which is a blessing. We will write again soon to let you know what we are up to, as for now its just gone 8 and we are getting to sleep…we will be up early. Miss you all and really wish you could be here with us. All our love. Rachel Hamish Seth Darcy and Flora.

Arriving

Posted by on 10 Feb 2010 | Tagged as: Honduras, Uncategorized

Well we got across London on the tube without any major incident,Seth pulled on his hoodie and tried to look suspicious(or should we say more so).The children provided free entertainment  in the carriage by seeing who could hang off the high hand rails for the longest. They looked like a family of bats having a nap.The other game for the girls was spinning round the central pole so fast they got dizzy.They reduced the carriage to giggles when they loudly asked Hamish if they could have a pole in our house to play with!Hamishs face said it all!Our freinds Alethia and Alex picked us up and put us up in thier home overnight.It was lovely to catch up with them and see them looking so well.Alethia cooked us a fantastic dinner and we felt truly looked after.The kids let off steam pillow fighting with thier two children…then we slept.After breakfast a taxi got us to the airport in good time.We had just checked in and my folks phoned us and asked us how we were ..then my Dad said youre looking good which I thought was strange,I looked up and they were there!!could not believe it!!made me cry.They had come to see us off(make sure we went!).We passed the time chatting and drinking coffee,and the kids blindfolded Grandma and Grandad and led them around terminal four which attracted some stares.Darcy and Flora took it one step too far and tried to lead them down an escalator.Its amazing what Grandparents will do when they know they wont see the kids for a while!After long waves goodbye we undress for security(thats what it feels like!)and get through with no problems.Aboard the flight to Housten..everyone is excited apart from me who is shaking with terror and wondering why I do this to myself.Once we are up in the air I have convinced myself its good to do things that scare us because it makes you feel very much alive and free..which is a wonderful thing.After a delicious dinner and a good movie I sing along to some great classic albums (the intro to U2`s streets have no name is particularly ace) start to relax and feel excited.As we fly into Newark we see the iconic New York  skyline.The flight attendant was great with the kids showing her the land marks,statue of liberty,george washington bridge,and the empire state building.The kids were genuinly delighted to see it and want to go and visit New York,which we cant today as we connect in four hours!Security here is tight and smiles are few, hand signals are prefered to talking.I keep telling the kids off who are joking about and no New Yorkers are amused.Mum and Dad are feeling the jet lag and the kids are feeling our lack of patience.We then fly down to Houston which had just had a big storm and we were told the weather was causing moderate to severe turbulence…not what a nervous flyer wants to hear but it was not as bad as expected and we landed without any problems.It was like the north and south divide ,greeted by warm and smiling Texans with thier slow, long acents and big smiles.The staff called us Baby and sugar!!this is not New York!We had a night in a motel which was great.We have lots to learn from the Americans about family travel.We had a massive  room with two enormous beds, tv ,microwave ,fridge and lovely ensuite all for about thirty pounds,with breakfast included.In the uk you are not allowed to have more than 2 kids in a room.Love the American system of paying for the room(feel a hotel chain in UK coming on..watch out dragons den).In the morning we set off for San Pedro Sula in northern Honduras,we had a good flight and saw some beautiful sites out of the window,it was such a clear day.We saw the beliezian reef and cays which were so stunning and the kids took pictures . We flew over all the banana plantations and as we were landing you couldnt see the aiport and it felt we were landing in a field of banana trees which Seth liked!the airport looked like a bunch of tumbledown buildings and we suddenly realise we are here in a culture and country so very different to ours.We get through customs and we see one Amerian lady has been stopped and in her case is a load of bones!!We are laughing with the Honduran security saying its her husband!But we hope it wasn’t!We get in the taxi and are amazed at the heat ,even the wind is hot.It is 92  blue skies and we are sweating.We tip the porters and we get in conversation that we are from England .They seem very excited and Seth gives one of them a British pound.He is obviously delighted wit it and so Seth gives his mate one too which was lovely of him.We end up in a hotel which is luxury by our normal standard but figure we need to rest and aclimatize.It is typially Honduran and looks tired but it is clean and cochroach free and has a pool .It didnt take us long to bare our lilly white bodies and have a dip to cool from the raging heat.We walked around San Pedro and got lots of stares which we thought unusual,but we didnt see any other gringoes .Feels wierd to be an ethnic minority.The children were a little unnerved but were ok.After a typical Honduran meal we went to bed at 7.30 and slept so well.As I sit writing this as I woke up we have tropical rain today ,so we are wondering whether to make our way to teguigalpa today rather than tomorrow.Its an arduous trip through three massive mountain ranges on a chicken bus..it can take anything from 4 to 6 hours….we will decide over breakfast.For now we say good bye I will post some pics relating to this post soon.We are very thankful to be here safely,and excited about the opportunities presented to us daily.All our love Rachel Hamish Seth Darcy and Flora.x.

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