Friday, March 22, 2013

Went shopping along the street by the mission home this evening.  I bought units for my phone from from Alhasan.  Further up the street we bought cucumbers, Sierra Leone apples and onions.  Up another street we bought ground nuts (peanuts) and black tumblers.  In the picture the pink fruit is the Sierra Leone apple ... has a flavor like the mild fragrance of a flower.  It's moist and tender but softly crisp.  You can taste sweet and tart but it's neither. The skin is very thin and smooth.  You eat the whole thing ... no core.  The small red seeds are black tumblers.  They are stone hard black seeds with a red soft fuzzy edible skin.  Slightly sweet and tart at the same time.  Mostly a waste of time.  The ground nuts are roasted over a charcoal fire and are very tasty.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

 Picked up a pepperoni pizza on our way home from the office today.  It's Isa's Pizza shop, made of sticks, corrugated tin and tarps.  The shack was all by itself at the side of an old schoolyard.  We weren't sure what we were going to get.

Here's the pizza.  It even came in a box that said "Pizza" on it.  Amazing!  The burn marks on the edges were a little sooty and sandy but the pizza tasted pretty good.  The pepperoni tasted a lot like salami.  In the middle you can see a tiny plastic bag of oil to spread on top.  We liked it.  Maybe we have been in Africa too long.

Monday, March 18, 2013

 Jeffrey Wallace ... son of Markus and Rose Wallace.  Rose was overdue when Elder Holland came to form the 3,000th stake and Elder Holland said, "If its a boy, his name should be Jeffrey."  So that's his name.

 Hovercraft at Aberdeen bringing new missionaries.

Nine new missionaries and President and Sister Roggia.  The missionaries came from South Africa, New Zealand, USA and Zimbabwe.


March 17th was district conference for the Freetown East District.  These are most of the east district elders.  Elder Hill and Elder Liufau sang I Believe in Christ with Marlene and me accompanied by Elder Purcell.  In the adult session on Saturday President Roggia had Marlene and me sing I Hope They Call Me on a Mission a cappella.  I don't think any of the members here had ever heard it before.  We had fun.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Kola nuts.  Bitter, flavorless and packed with caffeine.  They sell them on the street for a 5 block coin (about 10 cents) as a "pick-me-up".

The singing missionaries - left to right - Elders Nickle, Hill, Stanford and Despain.  We found them at the Kissy chapel today ready to sing at the Thunder Hill and Kissy 2nd Branch sacrament meetings.  The companionships had matching ties, matching long or short sleeve shirts and even matching pens.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Went to Makeni yesterday.  We passed this bug bug mound (the gray stump near top center).  It's a termite mound.  Markus said during the war they would dig down and get the queen.  When fried she was greasy and sweet.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Grafton Branch Primary enjoying sharing time outside in the pavilion.  They were singing an action song to get their wiggles out!