13 April 2014
Day 6 and 7 - Manneh day and Ellie's knottage day!
After such a busy few days we have had a slightly more relaxing weekend to prepare for our trip up country tomorrow. Saturday started with a trip to the gym followed by a boat trip from Denton Bridge to Lamin Lodge and back, along the River Gambia. As you can see from the pictures, our boat wasn't the most stable device... But still worked better than the van which remains out of action! We played lots of games and enjoyed the views from the boat. The usual monkeys joined us for a drink at Lamin Lodge and on our return to Denton Bridge we tried to hijack Yankuba's bike but he spotted us very quickly!!
In the evening we headed to the Senegambia strip where we met the Manneh family, Linda and the PAGEANT team for a lovely dinner. It was great to catch up with them and see them all looking so well and full of life.
Today we started the day with a water aerobics workout (Gambian style - our necks have never been so fit!!). We were joined by the team and set off for a couple of compounds to visit sponsored children and to see Abdoulie's new baby goats which we have Christened Page and Frankie (Ellie and Caroline goats are due next week!!). We ended up at Fatoulisa's compound where we enjoyed a delicious Gambian feast of chicken, rice, aubergine, onions, peppers and bitter tomato. We entertained the children with some parachute games and a game of rounders. As usual, the children were delightful and we continue to be amazed by their fantastic English and bubbly personalities. The eldest three are doing brilliantly at school.
We are off to Billy's for dinner tonight so we can get an early night before leaving at silly o clock to go on our up country adventure! Hopefully no Gambian hiccups await!!!!
Love to everyone at home! We hear the sunshine we sent your way has finally arrived!!
X x x