LESOTHO 2006 - PAST MEETS PRESENT
|Greenhouse today||Outside looks new||Greenhouse const 2003||Inside 2004|
|Inside 2006 (late fall)||Yours truly|
|Onions?||This becomes the greenhouse
The small tree in front is the apple
|Cherry tree looking weak||Rabbits? 2006||Rabbits !!!! 2004|
|Big apple (3 yrs)||Small apple (2002)|
|Dead grapes||Tree w/ animal guard|
|Ntate Buasono today (w/ babies)||Ntate Laiere's Grapes||Sunset|
|Pono & Nkisi today||Grape today (my cutting||Bed where <--- Grape is!!|
|Top of frame is gone! 2006||Top of frame is gone! 2006||Chaga w/ frames 2004||Ntate Nkisi le jareteng|
|My rondavel 2006||Water tank 2006||Water tank 2004|
|Awesome grape / peach combo||Bo-me craft center|
|Lewis in Lesotho 2006||Lewis in Lesotho 2006||Lewis in Lesotho 2004|
|Well everyone, here it is!!! These present day pictures were
taken of my project site in Lesotho during April of 2006 by my friend
Lewis (aka Weej) Mudge. As you can see by some of the pictures not
everything is 100% but also remember that April is late fall in Lesotho
and that we did not expect too much to be growing. More
importantly, it looks like the Apple trees I planted from rooted
cuttings in 2003 have made it (of course I wish that they had been
watered more) and it looks like one of the grape vines I established
from a cutting has survived as well. Lewis was told that the
greenhouse was used this past winter and he personally tested out the
rain-barrel to discover that it was still working as well.
Clearly the rabbit project has seen better days, apparently due to lack of food for both rabbits and people. Also though, it is important to remember that the people I was working with were not extremely business savvy and that may also have contributed to the failure. But the cages themselves did survive (Tim, thanks for the stuff).
All in all, it is really something getting these current pictures. Some aspects of the project are disappointing, but in general the tree seedlings are doing well. The trees and grapes were the main aspect of my project and my hope was that once established they would require little maintenance (as they appear to have received). Also, two of these photos are from other people's properties in the village where we were doing some grape work; both of those are doing well and regardless of all else, this is proof that grapes do thrive in this cold-dry-super sunny climate. Now all we need is someone to water.
Weej's Official Field Report:
i went to Ha Khatleli on april 15th. i got stuck in Mokhotlong for 5
hours afterwards. so yes rich, you owe me a beer.
well done rich. yes, they managed to dry their tears, but everyone i
saw remembers you very fondly (don't ask me about atang in rambanta) and
asked when you were returning for a visit. i still assert that you
should get a letter from Nkisi. i gave him a stamped addressed
envelope, i'm sure he'll find someone to write a letter for him.