Fr Varghese, visiting a remote village, is showing a slideshow on his laptop. The people of the village are gathered for this unusual entertainment, sitting still in the moonlight, under the stars.
Where nearly everyone has dark eyes and hair, this girl really stands out! Sadly, the photo doesn't really do justice - more of a snap and not well planned out. Not happy at all with this one!
Like rural doctors, the sisters travel around the homes of the old and unwell, giving comfort and prayers. Here Sister Lucy is reading to an old blind lady, in the hammock, who can no longer leave her house.
The small family farms which provide most of the basic foodstuffs (such as cassava and rice)for the people of Aishalton are out on the edge of the forests. The farm areas are rotated regularly to allow trees to grow back and the soil to recover. Clearing a new farm is hard work, cutting down trees, letting them dry enough to burn the leaves and small branches where they fell, then a couple of months later cutting the trunks into liftable sections which can be stacked and burnt.
All women over a certain age here are called 'Granny'. This granny is well past that certain age and is actually a great-grandmother. At first she appears weak, but I often see her swinging a big axe, chopping firewood. Here she is spinning cotton to make a traditional Wapichan hammock. She is sitting in another hammock she made earlier.
The moon was about half an hour ahead of the sun, straight above it in the sky. They will almost be near enough to eclipse tomorrow morning - which in practice means I won't be able to see anything other than a normal sunrise!
I think that these are spider eggs, laid on a stem of thick web, hanging from a piece of wood. Another day of rain left these eggs with a coating of fine water. With a shaft of sunlight falling on them they look like jewels - better than diamonds!
For every winner, there has to be at least one loser! Last sports picture for a while. Some more pictures of the events are available on the Picasa album, but not too many - I tried to have a day off and enjoy the action for myself today!
Jacinta is one of the young swimmers I've been training for the regional competition. Here she is with her fish bag - a crotcheted handbag in the shape of a fish, not a bag to put fish in!
PS - Jacinta won her swimming race by a quarter of a length!