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We are still in Sweden, preparing for a trip south. We are all eager to go back home (to West Africa), but while we are here, there are many beautiful places worth visiting and it’s nice enjoying snow, mist and cold for a change… There will be enough heat awaiting in Niger during hot season [...]
Bimbo (2009) Before I left Niger, I mentioned in an earlier post that my ten year old barb mare Arwen had been mated with the sire of our choice. Unlike the the “Hausa way”, I wrote, Arwen’s last mating was very gentle. Arwen & DanMaffia (2007) Blog reader Laurel asked what the difference was. Well, [...]
Some days my heart breaks, Even though the birds sing a song Sometimes my heart is full of music And then my soul sings along Sometimes I feel like hugging; Sometimes I need a hug Sometimes I can’t stop loving, Sometimes I need to be loved Sometimes I’m fighting a battle With a sword standing [...]
If you can turn a barren field in the heart of West Africa, into a fruit-bearing Eden Garden, you have invested in the future. Your children will grow up eating nutritious fruit, spending much of their leisure time in the field, sowing, guarding and harvesting from the trees you have established. Your Eden Garden will [...]
A few days before we left Taiwan, Anette contacted me to say that Malva had fallen ill with canine piroplasmosis (Babesia canis). Although this parasite-transmitted disease normally evolves during a number of days, Malva became acutely ill and quickly started vomiting blood. Despite immediate medical care, there was nothing Anette nor Madougou the vet could [...]
Arne & Bettan’s cottage in Sweden, February 2010 Resting in Staffan & Inger’s livingroom Falkenberg, March 2010
Yesterday afternoon, we went bowling and had a wonderful time. A simple life quality moment full of laughter and togetherness. I could not ask for more. After the past two months of pure surreal, every hour of normalcy is a luxurious treat. Full recovery will take its time, but every day brings more ups than [...]
Every once in a while, we turn a chapter in our lives. Although we always know where we came from, we won’t always know what’s ahead. Will there be peace or stormy waters? I really can’t tell. What I do know however is that in the constant fight of good and evil, light always wins. [...]
On Monday morning Taiwanese time, we took the plane to Seoul, then to Germany. Finally!!! We are now be heading north to Sweden. Will update you as soon as I can!
So sorry we couldn’t all be home in Africa and enjoy a family day together, but we are saving all that for some day in the (hopefully!) near future!! With much love, Esther, Miriam and Uncle S
Smögen 2010 An old classmate of mine (from my elementary school days!) just sent me the sweetest email. She wanted to send me some encouragement in all that we were going through, and sent some beautiful pictures of Smögen, my mother’s home island. I have no memories of having experienced these parts of my roots [...]
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