Sunday, October 28, 2012

Rays of Sunshine

Sometimes early in the morning, the sun shines through the trees in a lovely display of her beauties.

One morning I took my camera on our walk and found these sights at the park.
 These kids are learning martial arts.

 Yup, there he is walking, though he gets quite a good pace going most mornings.

 Rays of Sunshine, lovely to behold.
 Sometimes the light meter reads differently and you get a different looking picture.

This lady is paid to wash the front sidewalk and decorate again every day with fine rice flour.

Signs of the Day

One afternoon when the rest of the country was on holiday and we ran out of work in the office, we hired our auto driver to take us around to a couple sites in the city.

We visited the Ecumenical Christian Center where Young Women's camp had been earlier in the year.

 I emphatically agree!

 In May and June these trees are all in full bloom, covered in red flowers.  Now the hedges are turning into the colors of fall.
 This photo shows the map of India and area in hedges!

 This is aloe vera plants growing in the wild.

 It looks like this is the dead wood spoken of previously!

This is the Office Senior Missionary Couple.  And, no, we didn't talk about coordinating our wardrobe today, it just happened. It is funny how that works out some days.

Unity, working together

Indiranagar Branch had a missionary fireside one Friday night with the theme of "Unity".

At first, the Elders gave a talk about unity and the importance of being unified in our goals as a Branch and as missionaries.
Then we played some games that taught this concept and watched a Pioneer Movie called "17 Miracles".  It was a really fun evening!

 Elder Henrie, Elder P. Kumar, Elder Wigg, Buvanesh (Mike). 
Elder Wigg loves that 'ham-hock' hand shake every day, if possible.
 While waiting for some time...some of the guys played basketball in the courtyard.
 This is Vijay Raj, George, Vivian & Selvyn
 Mike makes a move to the hoop!
 Mike has some nice air...too bad I wasn't a little further back on this shot.
 Neel is finished at the Service Centre and is moving to Hyderabad.  He came to say goodbye.
 Setting up for a game.
 The way this game works...there are 2 teams of 4.  Each towel has a person holding the corner.
 By working together the team tosses the basketball to the other towel team.
 The other team catches it in their towel and tosses it back.
 It really takes some adjusting and pulling together to make this game work.
 It was really fun and everyone enjoyed themselves.

 A little more basketball...Elder Vinck palming the ball!

 And Elder Vinck dunking at my request, or should I say that I actually pleaded!
 Elder Sharma and Elder Vinck are a great team.  They work well together.

 It's the 3 legged race.  This game requires the teammates to really coordinate their efforts and work together.
 get ready...get set...go!

 I think George and Mike are the clear winners.
 This is the 2nd heat of the 3 legged race to determine one more winner.
 Everyone had fun, though not everyone worked well together all the time.
 Elder Vinck at 6'3" has played a little ball in his day, back in Melbourne.

We watched a movie about the pioneers who crossed the plains.  It was called "17 Miracles".
This is the desktop on the Assistant's laptop that they showed the movie on.  
This is my photo that I took of the Hamilton New Zealand Temple when we were there a few years ago.  It's kinda cool to see it here.

Pizza Hut & nothin' but

You may not know this, but we love Pizza Hut.

 Each day they have a half-price pasta special and it's so good!
 Of course, no matter where we go, Elder Wigg is always getting phone calls from the Elders...or someone else who needs him for something.  That's okay, we don't mind.
 They never really bring your food together.  
I have finished my pasta and Jerome's pizza hasn't yet arrived!
 Okay, since the pizza is here, we can both eat some of it!
 The pizza is super good, especially the crust.  It's so soft and yummy!
To compensate for the late pizza, they gave us a free dessert.  It's banana cocoanut carmel pie.  Amazing!  Yes, so amazing!