Our house has been sold (something we were going to do even before a possible move to Dromore arose) and we prepare in 10 days or so to move an hour south of Johannesburg to a small area on the Vaal River where Wendy's mom lives and works. We are pleased and grateful that we will get to spend a little time living close to Wendy's mom before we move to Dromore.
Friday, September 23 was my last day at work in my position as office administrator where I have been working half-day for the past two years. In the interim I will be making myself available to conduct weddings and funerals in the area.
A few weeks ago we had the joy of visiting my younger brother Wesley and his family in the coastal town of Ballito about 7 hours drive from us. We had a wonderful few days playing cricket, baseball and listening to piano recitals with my niece and nephews. It was also wonderful to get to walk on the beach again on a warm sunny day.
South Africa is currently in the midst of one of our worst droughts in decades with predictions of low rainfall during our coming summer rainy season for the second year running. With the Vaal Dam, one of our larger dams (covering an area of about 120 square miles) at only 30% full, the situation is concerning.
As we try as best as we can to prepare for the new adventure that God is unfolding before us in Northern Ireland (if all should go well with the immigration/visa processes), we have been watching Youtube clips for a few wee lessons on how to speak with a Norn Iron accent! Probably best that we stick with our South African accents for the time being!
We have also been trying to familiarise ourselves with new vocabulary that might be helpful for two blow-ins from South Africa... hopefully by the time we arrive we might be able to have a decent yarn with the locals while we enjoy a wee cuppa tae or a wee pint of the black stuff.
We have also kept our eyes on the Dromore NSP website to keep connected in a small way with what is happening. If all goes well, we look forward to seeing you all again soon.
Brian & Wendy