Dawbies in Africa


18 Oct 2012


The other day whilst travelling in a taxi I overheard an advertisement for foot powder which I thought was a rather luxurious item to be promoting as something normal and necessary.

I am fast reconsidering this view as my feet stink! The weather is warm (we are in the mid 30s each day and perhaps hotter in the middle of the day) and is becoming a little more humid and my feet are simply not coping. I never realized how much sweat socks must absorb before I came here and have been wearing flats without any. I dare not take off my shoes now during Bible study or prayer meeting, as I am afraid I may overpower the poor person sitting next to me. Johnson’s Baby Powder has become my feet and shoes’ best friend.

As my shoes become so dirty by the end of the week from the amount of dirt and dust they pick up working in the places we do, I have taken to washing them thoroughly each Friday afternoon in the hope that this might also deodorise them as well.

Needless to say I don’t think these shoes will make the journey back to Australia with me, they will have served their time faithfully over here. So fear not fellow Australians, your nostrils are safe (at least from my feet).


“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? Any how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news”.  (Romans 15:10)

In the interest of public health there will be no supporting photos for this blog! However to brighten the subject, here are a few more from Etosha......

Elephants at waterhole (night shot)

Can you spot the lioness hiding in the thorn bushes?

Another Ground Squirrel (this is for you Bec!)