My Hands are Dirty

My Hands are Dirty

 

 IMG_3608 All in all, my trip to Ethiopia was a success. Now that I have returned to Madrid, where I have decided to call home for now, I have an abundance of work ahead of me. All the better, as I like to keep myself busy. There is nothing like shoveling dirt and planting gardens that keeps you connected to where you are.

Along with the Kenyan Top Bar hives I built before leaving we have plenty of beekeeping related work ahead of us as well. We’re currently in the process of restoring hives from a local beekeeping friend and waiting for the swarms to arrive. A cold front just passed and now that it seams spring and maybe even summer is here to stay, we will be be filling our hives shortly.

The 2 hectars of land belonging to Ramon’s family is also awaiting our labor, and we’re hoping that over the course of weekend encounters between friends and a few organized work seminars we can bring the land to life.

I managed to carry some American Heirloom seeds with me to Madrid, and after leaving them in the greenhouse 8 weeks ago now, I am proud to say, collections of cherry and beefsteak tomatoes, Mexican peppers, giant sunflowers, lettuces, celery, spinach and both sweet and Hopi corn are all in the ground. I’ll be even prouder when I can share them with my Spanish friends but as for now I am just happy to get my hands dirty on a daily basis.

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This World of Possibilites Sure is Beautiful

This World of Possibilites Sure is Beautiful

Lake Awassa  view from the monkey park.

Lake Awassa view from the monkey park.

As my time in Ethiopia is beginning to disappear from my immediate vision and my thoughts begin to circle back to what Madrid summer living has in store, I find myself lost in the endless possibilities that life has to offer. My time in Ethiopia has been nothing but positive and I can confidently say that everything has gone much better that I ever could have hoped.

Who evolved from who?

Who evolved from who?

For the past few days my brother and I have been writing away from behind the 5 meter tall lake front glass windows of the Haile resort in Awassa, Ethiopia.

Sunset views make for a great office environment.

Sunset views make for a great office environment.

Though my brother has been in his line of work for the past 3 years now, each season as well as the school and library buildings that fall within are dependent on the funds that can be raised.

Sunset Silhouettes always get me thinking about shadow puppets.

Sunset Silhouettes always get me thinking about shadow puppets.

And this everyone is dependent on the writing done. Intentions, goals and objectives, genuine hopes for some, must be turned into writing on paper, and then passed off to other writers specializing in finding the funds to turn them into a reality. So from our the hopes of the people to the minds of the creators, then to the hands of the writers, and lastly to the eyes of the founders, from here on out its writing season, and we are all doing our best to bring our good intentions to life.

I've always thought the night sky following the sunset was the most spectacular.

I’ve always thought the night sky following the sunset was the most spectacular.

So as we wrap up our writing time here in Awassa and head back to Addis for my last few days, I’ll do my best to take in all the beauty Ethiopia has to offer. Just enough to leave me wanting more though, as if everything goes according to plan, I’ll be back come early September, just in time for bee season.

Tall grasses always give nice perspectives.

Tall grasses always give nice perspectives.