It's so beautiful, sundowner time. I pull my chair out in front of my thatched roof home, pour a heap of ice and some white wine into my favorite goblet glass, and just feel the breeze, watch the sun set behind the koppie (hill), and listen to the local music start to sound from the round of staff housing across the way. Birds swirl above, sprays of chatter and occasional bursts of laughter fill the air, and I sit in complete adoration of where I am in this special place in time. The sisters have left this afternoon for the lodge above, so I am alone in this place tonight, as I will be for the next week ahead. I find peace and a good solitude in it, able to sit and write, edit, think, ponder, appreciate... I miss my ladies (and young gents), but I am happy to have this time for my mind to release, and to sit in my own thoughts for awhile. There are plenty of people surrounding me in this village, about thirty some-odd tiny homes, so I feel very comforted and safe.
This morning I went along with David Khoza as he took some lodge visitors around Dumphries to show them what Pride & Purpose does in the community. There were a couple women and their daughters from Brazil as well as an American newlywed couple from New York. We visited a few schools, played with the kids, and learned a lot about this area, its history, and the people. The rest of the day I spent in my new home editing photos and catching up. The following is a little collage of some of my favorite captures from the past week. I hope you enjoy... And, thanks again for following this journey, it means a lot to know I am writing to friends. Much love, s.