A Visit to Echo


Today was the day that…

We had morning coffee on the balcony. It’s crazy that we have not taken advantage of the balcony off our bedroom in this way. For 25 years we have had this balcony and we have used it but now that we have Granny’s lightweight cane chairs in our bedroom, we are using it all the time. The chairs are so easy to move outside and they are so comfortable that until it gets too hot, it’s a treat sitting out there. We had morning coffee, breakfast and I did my Bible reading out there.

I had a wonderful Skype with Stacey and Elsie. Elsie is so cute. She knows what she’s about and understands so much. She’s talking so much in both English and Afrikaans. My tweetaalige kleindogter!  I just want to reach through the screen and give her a big hug! One day we will be back. Meantime, they are safe at home in Swellendam.

At lunchtime, we visited the flat so Mike could spray oven cleaner in the oven so it can soak overnight. Courage has been doing a great job. He will easily take up this week. After that, we have a permit for him to work at Echo. After the flat, we stopped by Echo, so Mike could do some measuring for the ground floor kitchen which is mostly designed. Mike will get a couple of quotes for his cutting list and Courage will build it. I went up to the top floor, which is Julian’s and stood at each corner and took a photo…this is from the south sea side corner…

This is from the north sea-side corner…

This is from the south mountainside corner (so I was standing at the corner in the above photo)

And this one is from the north mountainside corner…(taken from the corner in the first photo )

You can spot the ladder in three of the photos above. In the one photo where you can’t see the ladder, it was just to my left. It will be fun to take these photos again in a few months time when there is the light steel frame in place. I must remember to take the same photo set of my floor before the light steel frame comes. It’s being manufactured but with the current level 4 lock down we don’t know when delivery will be possible.

Please admire this pile of sand. It was carried up (about 77 steps) by the two house men who are living on site. They used the yellow bucket to lug the sand up from the pavement where it had been delivered before lock down. This is the biggest of three piles. What an achievement.

This afternoon, I swept the leaves and had tea with Sue. ❤

Corona stats for the last week…

  • Sunday 10th  – 525 – 8  deaths
  • Monday 11th – 637 – 12  deaths
  • Tuesday 12th  – 698 – no deaths
  • Wednesday 13th  – 724 – 13 deaths
  • Thursday 14th – 665 – 19 deaths
  • Friday  15th – 785 – 9 deaths
  • Saturday 16th – 831 – 14 deaths
  • Sunday 17th – not yet released.

Psalm 66:19-20

Truly God has listened; He has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, because He has not rejected my prayer or removed His steadfast love from me!

These are the days.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂


1 year and 186 days

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