Anyone need their clothes washed?

Trip Start May 21, 2007
Trip End Aug 08, 2015

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Thursday and Friday in Preschool were both taken up with practising for the grand opening. The kids should now be singing, marching and singing in their sleep. They practised the band again on Friday, and to be fair, there was a vast improvement with the majority of them staying in line. The afterschoolers have been a little ad hoc as half the class seems to disappear in the middle to practice their singing and dancing. So you may start with a full class, but by the end, you're left with 3.
The team are now part of the furniture and it seems normal to have a full house. They have mainly been preparing the new classrooms (painting furniture, varnishing doors etc.). The 4 who are staying on have also been in helping with the children, who love the new faces and ask their usual round of questions (names, age, how are you?!).
Last night's entertainment was provided by Mr Andy. He climbed onto the roof to see if how much water was in the tank. As it's the last week, and we're feeling a bit mischievous, Mark and I removed the ladder so he couldn't get down. As time went on and a crowd had gathered, we realised we couldn't see him on the roof. We thought he had sneaked down some other way, but no, he was in the watertank! Don't ask why, we are still none the wiser- we like to think he had fallen in as that would make it funnier, unfortunately that didn't happen.
This morning was spent in the porch washing my clothes. The washing machine needs replaced so has been out of action for a week and a half. I did some last night as well, but  made the mistake of doing it while staff were still about. As they stood around me, in a sinhala discussion with Ronali and gesturing at  me, I know they weren't commending my handwashing skills - far from it! They all smell ok now which is the main thing! Hopefully I have enough clean clothes now to do me until the end! Late morning, we all packed into our lovely, air conditioned van and heading on elephant safari, so I've probably seen my last elephant. We had gone in August, but it was good to see it again. We saw the tiniest elephant I have ever seen plus a pregnant one-you could actually see the baby move. When we got home, it was time for some good old bacon butties prepared by Rachel, Sarah, Rodrick and I (yes it does take 2 english girls, an Northern Irish girl and a Sri Lankan to make this!).
Tomorrow we are all singing in church, complete with tambourines-what a treat everyone is in for! After that we are going to visit the area where most of the Smile kids live.  We have meant to go with Nayani a few times, but different things cropped up. It'll be interesting to see the conditions in which they live.
Any talked of us leaving in a week has been banned! There is a money box that was bought to put spare change into, so we have said that if anyone mentions our departure, they have to put money in the box! Yes, a rip off of a swear jar!
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