Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Good bye at a Tea Plantation

Tonight I'm feeling very bittersweet.
It's the end of an era for me.
I spent the last day with my dear friend Val.
We have been friends for about 6 years and shared much of life here in Rwanda - laughing, crying, lots of talking, praying together regularly, sorting our life, sharing our latest finds in Kigali, Christmas Eves, Thanksgivings, etc.

Val and her family head back to Canada on Friday. They desire to return to Rwanda but God only knows when. When Chrissie, Anita and I asked her what she wanted to do as a day out - she wanted to visit a tea plantation - hence a drive about 1.5 hours out of Kigali to the Sorwathe Tea Plantation.
It was not a disappointment.

I well remember the first time I met Val. We had both brought teams to the Kigali Genocide Memorial and were waiting for them. We struck up conversation and realized people had told us individually that we needed to meet. Our friendship has not looked back.

I will miss her dearly.

We drove 19kms along this valley of tea ... incredible!

The visitor grounds are the Sowathe Tea Plantation are grand!
Flowers beyond flowers.
Had a flash that I'm becoming more like my mom... touring
flower gardens!!

Myself, Val and Chrissie
Anita couldn't join us due to a sick baby a the last minute.
One of the foursome missing... to bad for all of us!

2 comments:

diapac00 said...

Hey how are you this is diana we spoke a while back we were moving to rwanda musanze to be exact.... well we have been here for about two weeks now just wanted to reach look forward to meetign you and making connections here...
Diana

London Flower Net said...

WOw!!! Nice location. i like it. thanks for sharing.



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