|Here are some of the tools|
|Garry has a big hammer to pound in stakes|
|The freestalls will go here, the center needs to be cemented to hold them up|
|One of the Neals hard at work|
|Getting the floor of the parlor ready for cement|
|Bonnie jumped right in to help tie rebar|
|A couple guys grab some soup and buns ( no bread at the village store!)|
|Had to move lunch over so they can get more wood|
|More than a photographer!|
|Another truss is finished!|
|Jack takes a break with lunch|
|Removing the forms from Friday's cement pour|
|It's a little stuck....|
Garry said one of the cement truck drivers was asking him lots of questions about how much he was paying these guys who were working so hard, and could not understand why they would come from Canada to do this so he got Victor to present the gospel to him. Garry did not think his limited Russian was up to the task.
|Pouring the floor of the parlor|
The last cement truck arrived an hour and a half behind schedule, so they were there until long after dark. Dinner was around 7:30 and it was pizza night, They could not eat all 11 pizzas I made so there was some leftover for lunch on Sunday. Most guys fell into bed and had no trouble sleeping... except for the ones who went back over to trowel the cement to get a smooth finish on it, they got showered and into bed late.
Sunday morning they had decided to go to church in the village, so breakfast was at eight am, instead of six; so I made pancakes instead of oatmeal and cereal. After devotions we walked over to the church. Adam, who has been in Ukraine for about six years; translated the meaning of the sermons and speakers really well for us. Garry and are able to sing along in Russian, so one girl passed the visitors a couple of songbooks, but they could not join in, since they do not know the sounds of the Cyrillic letters.
One of the ladies suggested near the end of church that they could find one hymn that we could sing along in English, We sang Amazing Grace for them. They were sure it was in their book, but couldn't find it. Then they found a hymn we could join in and sing in English, How Great Thou Art. Neal the dairy farmer can really sing out (we have two Neals) and the congregation enjoyed it very much. After the service, one older gentleman had Adam translate for him so he could tell the Canadian guests that he always rooted for Canada against the USSR in hockey and thanking Canada for their support in the current crisis in Crimea. He also said that Garry does wonderful things for more villages than just Nikolipolia. I think he said he was from a different village.
After a lunch of leftover pizza and soup that had been simmering (made from leftovers also) the guys went over to the worksite to get ready for Monday's cement work. It was dark before they were home. Garry had to go breed a cow in the village, and one of the dairy farmers, AJ I think, went along and actually bred the cow. Then they had my attempt at Ukrainian cuisine, plof a rice dish, and a salad with carrots. beets, potatoes and mayo. We had Ukrainian soda pop and candies for dessert too.