Sunday, August 17, 2008

Sunday Morning

I've wanted to take a picture of this since we first moved into our apartment. I'm standing on our back porch. Behind the middle of the roof on the far right, you can see the minaret of the Area 9 mosque.

Here is a close-up. This mosque is the most prominent landmark of Area 9, and is helpful when I'm lost and am trying to find our apartment. The mosque appears to be far away, but it is actually very close to our house. Each morning the first prayer, which takes place at dawn (around 5 o'clock right now), is amplified over a loud speaker. The prayer usually wakes me up. I've wanted to take this picture because hearing the Islamic prayers throughout the day has been a powerful reminder that I am not at home, back in Mississippi in the Bible-Belt of the American South.

This morning when I woke up I found this scene. Eric (one of the tenant's employees I mentioned in the last post) has begun a compost pile on the left to show me how it's done. In the bottom left of the picture you can see his khasu, which is the Malawian version of the hoe. It's a beautiful tool, and one that I hope to have. I bought the metal head at the market, and am going to find someone to fashion a handle for me.
Here is a loaf of bread that I made this morning. It may be one of the most beautiful loaves I've ever pulled out of the oven. It's actually difficult to find bad bread here in Malawi. Most grocery stores make their own breads. Because this country is poor, there is no industrial food system like the one found in the United States. Because of this, the food is often local and fresh.


Liz Burgess Taylor said...

and I thought the bottletree bread looked good! mm!

The Silver Fox said...

I have just gotten caught up on your latest postings, and I feel exhausted just reading of all the transitions that you are going through. Your descriptions of your experiences and the pictures that you have added are amazing. As you get even busier with school I know that your postings will be less frequent, but I will still look forward to them. Please know of our continued thoughts and prayers.

The Yartym's said...

First of all, that bread looks freaking awesome. Will you teach me how to bake bread? :)

Second, my mom is a blog stalker just like us! So we are sitting at the dinner table yesterday evening, and she goes "I want to be a missionary in Malawi" :) I was like you have been reading Marleys blog!! Haha. We are praying -- and so is my mom! :)

SarahBear said...

I want to climb right up into the world wide web and eat your bread. and, i rhyme.