Sunday, December 31, 2017

16 December 2017 - We walked back to the School and the Stake Activity still had not started, but these missionaries were there waiting.  All these missionaries serve in the stakes.  What a great group of young men. 

 They finally started with a game of musical chairs, a group of girls played first and then this group of boys.  The rest of the pictures I took standing in the center of the field and taking pictures around the area.  The activity was going to be running races and relay races and sack races.  We left after about an hour and they still had not started.  

 From the school we could see the cotton tree they were cutting down 

 Above only in Africa could you have a street vendor come to a stake activity to sell alcohol.
Below, Brent took a turn at shooting a few hoops with the young missionaries. 

 On the way home we crossed a bridge and I took these pictures.  There is so much trash in this country.  They think it is their "Right" to throw their trash anywhere they want.  It really is sad. 

 On our walk back to the school we passed these pretty flowers.  Also they were cutting down this big cotton tree.  They had a rope attached to a big police truck.  They were using chain saws to cut it down.  We watch for about 20 minutes.  I sat on a little bench near a cute lady and it was fun to sit and watch the people pass. 

 Chickens are all over the country.  This was a pretty healthy chicken with  her little chicks.  Below on the root of the cotton tree is a rooster.  They are all over the country also. 

 16 December 2017 the 2 Freetown Stakes had a combined activity at the St. Edwards secondary school.  It was suppose to start at 9:00, but we know how they start those things here so we arrived at 10:45 and they still had not started.  We had been to King Tom Cemetery before, but did not take a camera, so while we waited we walked to King Tom Cemetary, it was just down the road a little way. 
 This is one of the prettiest, and calm places in Freetown.  Below is a plaque that tells about the cemetery in English and below the English is Krio. 
 Their are two different colors of head stones.  The gray section are graves from the 1919's. 
 The white head stones are from the 1930's and 1940's.  They are all military folks buried here.  They were mostly from England, but there were some from Australia, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.  They were from all branches of the service, army, navy, and air force. 

 Pictured above is the Navy, I had to get a close up because my Dad served in the Navy. 

 Behind Brent in the picture above is a big cotton tree.  Below is a shot towards the ocean.  The cemetery is right on the ocean and there was a cool breeze blowing.  It was a pretty spiritual experience. 

 While we were there these fishing boats went by.  They had been fishing all night and were returning to Freetown to sell their fish. 

 The picture above is were we sat and watched the ocean for a while.  It was so peaceful and there are so few places like this in Freetown.  No other noise except the ocean.  It was wonderful. 
 Below was a guy that was fishing just off shore. 

 Typical sights we see along the street.  The young man in the picture above has 2 chickens in his hand and more in the box on his head.  He is selling them and they will be some families Sunday dinner. 
 The sell a lot of coconuts here and peel them and split them open with machetes. 
 The picture below is a cool church we pass often on Shaka Stevens street. 

 These were all taken at the National Railway Museum.  They had a nice railway system in Sierra Leone up until 1975 when the government shut it down and determined that it would be better to build roads instead of use the railway system.  They tore up the rails and replaced them with roads.  This man was our guide and he has been a part of creating the museum.  During the war this big building housed over 10,000 people and they pretty much stripped all the train cars of anything valuable that they could sell.  It is pretty amazing that they have as much as they do. 

 They found this old hand pump car in the country and it was in pieces.  They put it back together and it still works.  It is on rails in the museum and this man showed us how it worked. 
 This engine was called Nellie and was made in Sierra Leone. 

 Brent is in a car that was made for the President to travel in.  The original wood is still in this car in some places and it was beautiful.  Below I am standing in a car they made for the Queen of England to ride in when she had a visit.  She actually never rode in it though. 

 It was a pretty cool car.  They love to have their picture taken specially with white people. 
 Above was a great picture of the Sierra Leone Crest on one of the train cars.  Below is the entrance to the Museum.  They had a wall the length of the building that told all about the founder and the history of the railroad and the museum.   Of course Dad and I read it all and loved it.  I know our children are all rolling their eyes right now, but Dad and I like this kind of thing.  

Saturday, December 30, 2017

 PZ market is a busy market down town Freetown.  We often walk down there and shop.  It is easier to walk through it than drive, but this day we drove.
 Above they are selling some Christmas decorations.  Below is a pants store. 

 Above we are waiting in traffic.  This happens a lot and this isn't even one of the busier streets in PZ.  Below is a shoe market.