Yesterday I visited Bethany with Marilou to say hello to everyone and make a payment for weed clearing and fertilizing the rubber plantation which is carried out under the management of Mr Felipe Bigcas, Talakag’s rubber expert.
Whilst there some of the toddlers were going for a walk with their carer Mary Joy Radam. We all decided to walk to the plantation together to inspect the progress and give my little dog Maya some exercise. Along the way I gave all the children a stick each to carry and we talked and laughed as we walked. It was so good to be with so many smiling faces and at one point Mary Joy and I even had them singing. It was quite some distance we walked and I was surprised that however small the children might be they never complained perhaps they were enjoying themselves walking with their Grandpa.
The good news is the plantation despite the lack of rain in the last few months is doing very well and the trees are growing steadily. We will plant another 3 hectares when the rains finally return next month so progress is being made thanks to the contributions from our dear friends and colleagues back in the UK.