Yo ‘Sup Dawg,
I’m just writing this because I thought it was about time I added something. I did take some photos of our weekend trip to Betikama but can’t be bothered putting them up right yet so instead I will briefly tell you that I have solved The Mystery of the Weather.
Basically, it cools down when it rains. That means, oddly enough, that the wet season is both the hot season (when it isn’t raining) and the cool season (when it is). So although it gets hotter in Summer, many locals will also tell you that summer is the cool season, because it rains more.
Nominaly this is supposed to be the dry, cool season now, but you wouldn’t know it. We are in the middle of one of several recent spells of uneasonally cool rainy weather (which also means it is muggier when the sun is out). It has poured down for the last two days. Still, it’s not quite the same as the monsoon we had just before we came over at Easter. That time, it rained about fifteen hours a day for four days. (And this is suppoed to be a rainshadow! So the poor sods in the provinces get it even worse.) No, this time it has just rained fifteen hours a day for two days. A mere shower.
We went for a drive yesterday and pretended we were back in Scotland (an illusion made easier by the blissful return of our car air conditioner). The trade winds also picked up months ago so we do get ‘breezes’ now from the sea which keep things bearable.
Cody has gotten his first report card which confirms that he is a lingistically and socially advanced but a bit of a klutz. Some of his sport and motor skills score in the ‘developing’ column (a clear euphemism for ‘bad’) and while his computer use is advanced, he does not appear to know how to turn one on. But nearly everything else is on the high side, so we’re very happy, and I took him for a milkshake to celebrate.
We had friends round for dinner on the weekend and I have arranged to go kayaking with one of them when we come back from Vanuatu, so I am excited by that prospect.
Louise’s big murder trial is nearly finished. She’s very much Looking forward to a break in a few weeks time.
Not much else to report, but much love to send,