Hot, sunny, dry.

Team had arranged to meet at Casa Semear for 10.00am. At 11.33am the team arrived in 2 Combi vans. Tim had gone to the girl’s house and delivered one Combi van while Robert took the other Combi van to get the exhaust repaired.(what with the state of the roads here, I wasn’t surprised to hear that the exhaust had split in two and one piece was dangling underneath the van)

Today we were joined by Paulette and Tauani from the girl’s house. Douglas led devotions.

Work tasks were allocated as follows:-
1) Check paint situation(Ruth);
2) Check Polyfilla requirements(Ray);
3) Any more gloves required?
4) Windows going in today. Will require filling in round the edges.
5) Corridor ceiling to be filled and painted (Ray).
6) Toilets walls to be rubbed down, painted:boys-lower half wall blue; girls-lower half wall green.(Ruth, Amie, Esther)
7) Break up concrete on floor of art room, then put in rubbish bags(Matthew & Stuart)
8) Sand inside entrance to be bagged(Matthew & Stuart)
9) Lower part of wall inside front entrance to be painted white then red door to be placed against it to protect it from future deliveries of building material.(Esther)
10) Furniture inside front entrance to receive new covers and delivered to a family in the favella.(Paulette re. the covers; Robert and co. Re. delivery)
11) Paint to be scraped off ceiling wall in kitchen(Paulette, Tauani, Esther &Stuart)
12) Bedroom & kitchen corridor to be scraped and painted(as above)
13) Senor Luiz to show Craig, Gavin, Ray, Stuart & Matthew how to plaster.
14) Douglas very happy to assist where required.
15) I suggested buying a large watch for Robert and setting it at Brazilian time, although one hour earlier!

Craig, Gavin & Robert drove up to Leroy Martin and purchased extra paint, sand paper, water filter and gloves. Robert said he hadn’t had any breakfast, and would Craig and I mind if we had a coffee at Leroy Martin. Despite our ardent protests, Craig and I enjoyed a beautiful roll with a soft cheese centre washed down with an Americano coffee. Robert had a hot sausage roll and a can of coke. Oh, I nearly forgot, I also had a melt in your mouth, mouth watering, dark chocolate truffle( well, they were right in front of me on the counter top and you really couldn’t resist them, could you?)

Back at Casa Semear, everyone was working hard, so, Craig and I walked down to the local supermarket and bought lunch. The water melon went down a treat, as did the favourite drink, Guarana.

After lunch all worked progressed very well as planned. Some of the team helped with the children’s club from 3.30pm to approx.5.30pm.

Senor Luiz showed the guys how to plaster the walls in the art room. We had a lot of fun learning from (and being corrected by) Senor Luiz, and, surprisingly, the end result was very encouraging. He is some guy and greatly appreciated.

The team finished at 6.00pm and went back to shower and change. Robert took the Combi van in to get the oil leak fixed and we then had the use of the truck, which is a frightening experience to drive or be driven in! Well done to you Craig! It took Craig 2 days to find third gear in the Combi van, but once mastered, he now drives like a true Brazilian, specifically-don’t stop for anything or anyone, don’t even waste time indicating (that would mean taking your hands off the steering wheel), don’t use your brakes-just lurch out from side streets and take pleasure from watching the other vehicles scatter out of your way and, periodically-toot your horn -if you have one! There is a truckers rally at the local racing circuit on Sunday and we thought we could put Craig forward for it. He would cream the opposition!

We all met again at 8.30pm and, just before moving off to enjoy an evening buffet meal, we witnessed two cars and a motor cyclist crashing right in front of us, right in the middle of the main carriageway!

At 10.00pm, some of the team left in the minibus, with Robert and his family, to stay overnight at a beach house. This was at Caio and his wife, Dorothee’s invitation. It was a two hour drive and meant they could all have a long lie in the morning before hitting the surf, sand and sun on the South Atlantic coast!

Craig, Douglas & Gavin opted to decline the invitation and continue with the work required at Casa Semear. We didn’t mind in the slightest being left with no transport, no food, tired arms and under pressure to progress plastering the art room walls, while they were all swanning off, sunning themselves, relaxing on sun loungers, drinking ice cold drinks, enjoying good food and being waited on hand and foot!

At that, we called it a night at 10.30pm.

Gavin on behlaf of the group.

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