Work is going alright, but we are still on our fourth job after about seven weeks – everything takes twice as long. This is partly due to the lack of good equipment – I’ve discovered it’s no good asking for tools so I just go ahead and buy urgently needed ones, e.g. an electric drill we had to have. I’m not going to do without an electric planer for much longer either. We are also following up some shoddy work, some bathroom floor which we had to completely re-do. Another building was the opposite – they over-did the heavy timber. A very well-built house but the white ants started eating all the masonite linings.
Ben, the 31-year-old local working with me, is going pretty well. We work on separate jobs (in the same building) a lot of the time. It’s a fine line sometimes between giving him advice without being critical.
Everything takes about twice as long. This is partly due to a lack of good equipment.
Archbishop Kurtz is home tomorrow from the World Youth Days. The Parish Priest from here and two girls from the Diocesan Office also attended, along with another fifty from Madang Archdiocese and a total of about a thousand from PNG. There was a full coverage on SBS and another channel on TV on Sunday.
I have been doing fairly regular walking since arriving here – I wouldn’t tackle bike-riding on these roads though.
Back in August my assistant Ben and myself completed a job in Bosman which involved a 240 kilometre trip on the Toyota Ute, a boat trip in the mighty Ramu River then a 20 minute trip up the Bur River to Bosman Village. There are no roads, cars or electricity.
Ben and I completed a job in Bosman… There are no roads, cars or electricity.
Bosman is about 300 kilometres north-west of Madang and only about 50 kilometres in from the coast. Our most recent job was at Malaha which is 150 kilometres north-west, right on the coast, where we did some maintenance on an old convent to get it ready for occasional visits by nuns who will be working with the local people.
Signing off for now,