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Here is a tent donated by the Rotary Club in Helston-Lizard, England. We saw the same tents many
times during Katrina; French volunteer Aurιlie gets a ride to the bus from an obliging neighbor.
Views from the big city, Yogyakarta. Yogya was about five miles north of us.
Views of the "Pit". We were cleaning out the foundation of a house. One of the rooms had a sunken
floor abut two feet deep that we suggested filling in with the extra debris. But the homeowner wanted it dug out, so
we obliged. That was hot work in the sun.
Aerial view of the "Pit":
Much-needed work breaks, replete with donated snacks:
One team spent almost a whole work working on Pak Giyat's house. Much of the house was still standing, but there were numerous
walls that had to come down (without collapsing the roof) and we had to take all the tiles off the roof.; The floor shown in the
first picture was cleared off several times, and then each time another wall was dropped on it and then cleared again. Here, it is
being used to dry rice.
Dropping walls was a great break from digging. Some could be pushed over by hand or using a rope.
We often called in Big Max for the job of knocking down walls.
Here's a nicely shattered wall, ready to be scooped up; Max drops another.
Jo-Ann high-fives with Pak Giyat after a successful wall drop; Giyat sits atop
the house while dismantling the roof. David joins in the high-wire act.
To get the roof tiles removed, we set up two bamboo poles and slid the tiles down two
at a time. Mad Max would catch the tiles at the bottom of the slide, then other volunteers stacked the
tiles for re-use.
Mrs. Giyat provided us with many fresh lunches and dinners served under the blue tarp shelter.
Some of the family's pigeons had nested in the roof and had babies. We managed to get up there
and did our good turn by removing the birds to a pigeon house in the back yard.
Pigeons were very popular "pets". About every third house seemed to have a pigeon coop. The young boys even
tie bamboo whistles to the birds' tail and when the pigeon dives from a large height, the whistling sound is like
a jet airliner taxiing on the runway. Another entertainment is to head a distance from the village and release your
pigeons to fly home.
Note the whistle tied to the bird in the second picture below.
Come back again soon-- we have more pictures still to post. '
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