Pig surgery

You never know what’s going to happen when you start a day of language. Yesterday I decided I’d hike down to a nearby hamlet to check out some sentences I’d created. I’ve been working on figuring out Kovol clauses, but there’s a little complexity to it which I think may be explained by calling them dependent clauses. Anyway I had some sentences I’d come up with to check out my ideas on dependent clauses.

I get 20 seconds away from my house and see a friend swinging his machete at a banana tree. “Good morning, what you you up to?” I ask, “I’m removing my pig’s balls” he replies. Obviously then I switch to Tok Pisin to check in a language I’m more fluent in if he said what I thought he said. Sure enough, that mornings work was castrating his pig. I ran to get Rhett because I know he’s into his things and we settled in for the show.
First a ‘fence’ was made which looked like a little circular wicker drum. Some leaves are pointed out that will be used to “take care of the blood” – but not as I thought for wiping or absorbing blood to keep the workspace tidy – more on that later

Paying a bride price

Late last week friends of ours from another Kovol village came and said “hey, we’re going to do a bride price exchange ceremony next week. Would you guys be interested in coming to see?” Of course, we were! The village in question is a 2 to 2 1/2 hour hike Read more…

Thief in the Night

I’ve been noticing a theme lately. Many times since we’ve moved here, I have thought that life here was quite overwhelming. With medical cases to fumble through, relationships to build, and a full quiver of children needing schooling and attention, it has often felt, in the words of Tolkien, “like Read more…

Back into Kovol

Returning to Kovol didn’t feel like an overwhelming, crazy experience. When we moved in the excitement among the Kovol people was so high we were rushed off our feet the entire time. Now that our team has been living full time in Kovol for 2 years and people have gotten used to us and the boundaries we’ve set things are a lot calmer.
There was a big crowd of people here to greet us of course, but we actually spent most of the day inside playing with our kids, unpacking, cleaning and fixing. The pressure to spend every waking moment outside is gone, and it just helped us immensely as after a year of us being away our house needs a bit of attention!

Supply buying

ith our flight set for next week it’s time to shop for our 2-5 months in Kovol (we don’t have plans for when we come out for our first break). We generally plan 2 months of supplies at a time and we’ll request a helicopter supply flight when our supplies of pasta get low 🙂

Discourse Analysis

Proverbs 26:11; As a dog returneth to his vomit,
To translate this passage was one of my tasks at our last Culture and Language Evaluation. Did I nailed it? No. What came back from the Kovol people was, that a foul goes to the vomit like the dog does. Oh dear. On my second try (with a hint from the consultant) I did get the message across. But this is not the only task that I had, that showed that my Language hasn’t progressed at all. This was something I expected but it was still disappointing. I know vocabulary isn’t necessarily my weakness, but it is about how I communicate..

Feeling settled

We find it quite amazing how quickly we’ve settled back into things feeling ‘normal’. We’ve been here just over a week, but we’re feeling fully recovered from our journey and we’re feeling well settled already.