It's Saturday morning and there is rest for the wicked! I asked about visiting the Open Arms foster houses and Enefer agreed to take me with her. There are four houses, Rose's House, Rosemarie's House, Richmond House and Sekwe House (soon there will be a fifth house called "Annie's House - After Annie Lennox who is helping to fund it). Every weekend one of the Open Arms staff go and visit the foster houses. Each of them are so different, although all the children had one thing in common, they wanted a hug and to show me their rooms. The children and so happy and it was especially nice to visit Rosemarie's House where Joseph now stays. I met him last year when I was here, when I asked him if he remembered me he replied with "Ice Cream" in reference to the trip to Makys where some of the older kids had ice cream.
Going round the foster houses is actually quite tiring so I was quite relieved to be heading back to Makys after spending time with all the children. On our way back, we were stopped at the bottom of Victoria Avenue by traffic police. We were able to work out that the President would be passing soon. Luckily we were right at the front of the traffic which had been stopped - a prime viewing location. Although we didn't see them clearly, both the President (Joyce Banda) and her husband were in the car and waving at everyone.
So finally making it back to Maky's no sooner had I sat down than Jo and Clive came in for lunch. I quite regularly sit with Jo and Clive at lunchtime (they are here almost everyday) - we do have a good laugh and Clive always has another funny story to tell. Well as it's Saturday - Jo invited me back to their house for afternoon tea. I knew they had cats and dogs and this didn't particularly worry me until Jo casually says as we approach the house - "when you get out the car, just stand with your arms folded and let the dogs sniff and bark." Barney (the smallest dog) did most of the barking.
Nala and Rebel had a good look and decided I was a friend (thankfully). I did make one mistake - I threw Rebel's ball for him. For the rest of the afternoon I had a German Shepherd staring at me, with pleading eyes to throw the ball. Every so often Nala would come to get a scratch behind the ears. There are also several cats - the smallest of which is Biscuit the kitten. She is very cute and is making her mark among the menagerie of animals.
My Saturday was well and truly packed with things to do and I got back to Maky's in the evening, totally exhausted and wondering what I would be doing for the rest of the weekend. Thankfully not very much and I have a very relaxing day sitting around the restaurant reading my book.