Harp and Story

Putting It All Together

We went to Bangkok yesterday, always a long and tiring journey. We did find the few needed items to finish putting together the aqua-ponics system for Bamboo School.

Bamboo School boys level the hillside for the aqua-ponics system.

Bamboo School boys level the hillside for the aqua-ponics system.
Cleaning the glue out of the IBC totes - GO Girls!
Cleaning the glue out of the IBC totes – GO Girls!

The boys had leveled off the hillside on Sunday and the girls had worked on scrubbing out the IBC totes.

Momo Cat and Matthew scrub out the fish tank.
Momo Cat and Matthew scrub out the fish tank.

Matthew and Momo cleaned out the last of the glue in the tote for the fish Tuesday morning before we left for the city. Steve is plumbing today and the boys who are not in school, (they arrived after the Thai government school began their semester and Thailand does not allow for late arrivals), these boys are carrying up gravel from a pile at the clinic and then washing it here by the bathroom block before it gets put in the cut-down totes.

Conagee and Matthew wash gravel for the Aqua-ponics grow beds.
Conagee,  Matthew and Eric wash gravel for the Aqua-ponics grow beds.

I think maybe they wish they were in school after-all!

The grow beds are almost ready for gravel.
The grow beds are almost ready for gravel.

Coming back to the school last night from our trip to Bangkok, about 1:00 a.m., the entire rear, passenger side, (for those of us who drive on the correct side of the road that would be the driver’s side rear!), wheel assembly flew off the ambulance. We felt a bump and then heard a grinding, knocking noise and then like a flat tire and within milli-seconds the axel was dragging on the road. Thankfully, we had slowed down for a very rough railroad crossing so our speed was maybe 35 when the tire left the car. Cat was driving and managed to drag the car to more or less the side of the road. At first we thought we had a flat and we’d just change the tire, but upon closer inspection two of the lug bolts that hold the wheel to the axel had shired off. Steve went looking for our missing parts and much further back up the road he found the wheel with tire still inflated, and one of the lug bolts with the nut still attached. Cat is going to have to get a new rim, for that one is pretty damaged. The truck skirting got pulled in and dented up when the tire made its escape as well. Soon two Patrol Police pulled up on their motorcycle and then two policemen in a Toyota Hillux came and stopped before the railroad tracks providing a road block for us complete with flashing lights. Cat, even after all her years in Thailand doesn’t speak fluent Thai and we don’t speak Thai at all, so it was quite amusing trying to communicate what happened. The police thought Steve was the driver and had fallen asleep at the wheel – one officer gave him an “energy drink” to wake him up. Steve kept trying to tell him that he didn’t need it, but they were insistent, so he finally drank it. Uug! That satisfied them. Cat called Tooey back at the school and she ended up speaking with the policeman in a three-way conversation; Cat telling her the story, she translating it for the policeman and then telling Cat what the policemen were saying. The long and the short of the night was: Tooey drove the other ambulance down to pick us up and the police called a “tow truck” to take our car to the police station. The tow truck was a Mazda pick-up with a lift mounted in the bed. It did the job, we were thankful. We got back to Bamboo School around 4:00 a.m. Didn’t get up for 5:15 worship this morning though!

Today’s trivia:  Malarial mosquitoes only come out between the hours of sunset to sunrise, that’s why we sleep under mosquito netting in malaria infested areas of which Bong Ti is one such area.  Some varieties of daytime mosquitoes carry denge fever and chickkundungyah (sp) fever – neither one of which would make your day!  Have a good one!!

Our Home Sweet Home at Bamboo School.
Our Home Sweet Home at Bamboo School.

Aqua – Ponics for Bamboo School

Steve and Tooey bring home the IBC totes using the infamous green machine!

Steve and Tooey bring home the IBC totes using the infamous green machine!

Another Shabbat is almost upon us so…SHABBAT SHALOM from Bamboo School, Bong Ti, Thailand!

It has been a busy last few days as we have been driving all over this province trying to find and then collect all the parts necessary to put together this aqua-ponics system.  But HOORAY! The parts are finally assembled and the tank cutting has begun.  If we ever settle down someplace long enough to have a garden I want Steve to make me one of these systems!  So far we have spent less than $600.00 US for all the parts to assemble.  There is still gravel and plants to finish up the project, but not bad for a year-round consistent source of vegies and fish!  Thank you all ho so generously gave toward making this aqua-ponics project happen for Bamboo School.  We hope to return in the near future to build an aqua-ponics system for the village of Nang Kwan Kan where Gary and Karen Sloan minister so fervently and effectively for YHVH.  There is a lot of interest in aqua-ponics around here.  Bamboo School will be the model for many more to come, I think!  Thank you to all who so generously gave to help make this project a reality!

The totes we were able to acquire transported glue so they are sitting in the sun as I write this post to let the glue dry so it can be peeled off by the kids, either later today or Sunday.  It was difficult to find totes that were safe for agriculture and fish farming, the majority of totes transport hazardous materials that cannot be cleaned effectively enough for our purposes.  These totes are popular items among the farmers in Thailand as they are relatively inexpensive and can be used for water storage during the dry season as it is now.  The hazardous materials stored in the totes that are for sale make me wonder what kind of health concerns these totes might cause for farming use.  And how would one know if the vegetables or other food stuffs or water to farm or drink hasn’t been stored in a hazardous material tote.  There is not much regulation about such things in Thailand. Not that I am for more regulation!It’s hot here and the little breeze that floats by from time to time is always welcome!

All the parts for the aqua-ponics sytem are assembled and waiting.

All the parts for the aqua-ponics sytem are assembled and waiting.
The kids have been clearing an area for the system's new home.
The kids have been clearing an area for the system’s new home.
Steve takes a break from cutting the totes into grow beds, a sump and a fish tank.
Steve takes a break from cutting the totes into grow beds, a sump and a fish tank.
The totes are cut to size, now just have to get the glue out!
The totes are cut to size, now just have to get the glue out!