These last two weeks have been especially busy here in our home, but we did have a few opportunities to snap pictures and I would like to share those with you.
|Daniel with the Sukerth Family|
L-R: Bro. Rudi, his wife Eliana, Daniel, Sabrina, Henrique
|Daniel and Sabrina with Sis. Isabel|
|Pr. Waldir and his wife Sis. Miriam|
|Almost done with the collating|
|Punching holes for the spirals|
As many of you already know, we are currently in winter. So far we haven’t had a whole lot of cold, but it has been dry, extremely dry. The ground becomes hard and the dirt turns into a fine red dust which the wind blows all over. The wild grasses in the empty lots become dry and certain people find joy in setting the lots on fire. There was one week recently were every day there was a different empty lot burning near our house. The wind blows the ashes up and over our walls where they scuttle across the floors and eventually gather in the corners. This can be a discouraging time of year considering the dust and ashes, not to mention the constant allergy and asma problems which they bring.
However, we learned recently that it is this dryness which causes the Ipê trees to bloom. The pink Ipês are by far the most abundant of all the Ipês. They are the first to drop all their leaves and deck themselves with clusters of flowers.
As the pink flowers begin fading and falling to the ground, the yellow Ipês burst into bloom. Dad especially loves these cheery yellow blossoms, because yellow happens to be mom’s favorite color. Dad had this picture of himself in front of a yellow Ipê tree taken especially for her.
|It is snowing!|
Last of all, the white Ipês exchange their leaves for flowers, and interestingly their blossoms only last about forty-eight hours before they are dropped and small new leaves appear. We sometimes refer to the old blossoms laying on the ground under white Ipês as “Brazilian snow”. This “snow”, by the way is very nice. You don’t have to shovel it or put down salt. Simply sweep it up once or twice a day and throw it away. :)
And here is one more picture of a white Ipê. Joy took this picture on one of her afternoon walks, and it was too pretty to not use it. Just in case any of you are wondering, horse and wagons are not a common means of transportation here in Prudente. There are a few men, though, that earn a living by moving branches, construction debris, etc… with their horse and wagon.