There are 8-10 different caves, but were mostly closed by the time we arrived. We will go again and spend more time exploring. We actually wanted to see the platypuses in the lake below the caves. They are swimming in the water in the picture below but would not come out so that we could get a clear picture.
I know Casey, hardly worth the film, but I wanted to show that I tried. We walked all around the lake seeing various lizards, birds, and waves made by the platypus. :) We will come again on our way to another speaking assignment and check out the caves.
|The water is blue from the limestone.|
|Sister Feil is trying to show you the platypus. They were in the water about 20 feet down.|
|The caves are behind us.|
|The Jacarandas at the Temple. We think St. George Utah should grow Jacarandas - they would be beautiful.|
Every week a different zone comes to the Temple. This is the Penrith Zone. Elder Vermeulen above, is from South Africa and will be heading home in December. Elder Somsen from Idaho and Elder Baker from Sweden leave in February. Other missionaries in the zone are from Vanuatu, Spain, Canada, Philippines, New Zealand, Taiwan, and the US. These are great missionaries who are faithful and strong in bearing testimony of the Savior and his love for all of us.
|Elders Ireland, and Leatua are holding them up to their mouths so that you can appreciate their size. There is probably someone somewhere that eats them. But not Sister Feil!|
|The guy with the striped hat is usually the best player and scores most of the goals. So they want to keep the ball away from him.|
|This is a referee. There is only one on the field during the match.|
|We enjoyed fish and chips at our favorite stand in Windsor. On this same hot afternoon, all of the cricket fields were filled with players both young and old. This is a country where everyone loves to play games and they don't care how hot it is.|
|Finally, these pictures show some of the area that was on fire a few weeks ago. Because the fires burn so fast, they don't burn up all of the vegetation.|
So the final tale of the week involves meat. A piece of meat got stuck in Sister Feil's esophagus on Thursday night. No she did not chew it enough and tried to swallow too soon because she was doing dishes and cleaning up from the sister's conference dinner. After Elder Feil did the Heimlich maneuver on her, she could breathe but not swallow anything including her own saliva. So we knew a trip to the hospital was the only way to solve the problem. Socialized medicine is not what it is cracked up to be. The emergency rooms are packed in the public hospitals and the private hospitals don't have emergency services. After 4 hours of waiting in the emergency room, a CT scan was ordered and the doctors could finally agree that the meat was only coming out with surgery. They called the gastroenterologist who suggested giving a muscle relaxant to help keep the patient calm because she could not swallow anything and he would be in the next morning to remove the meat. The doctors informed us of how "lucky" it was that it was not stuck in the wind pipe. But we knew we were blessed from Heavenly Father. So Elder Feil headed home to get a few hours of sleep and Sister Feil dozed on the completely manually operated bed! By 8 am they decided to move her to a room for the low low price of $1870.00. The room had 3 other patients - 2 Maureens and a Mike. We were surprised co-ed was included in the price! By 1pm they moved Sister Feil to the surgical area, where she continued to wait her turn until 3pm. At 3pm, they finally said those magical words, "It's your turn." She was thinking her doctor was Indian or Pakistani, because that was who asked her if she was doing ok, but when she arrived in the surgery, the Dr.'s name was van Poorten! A nice blonde dutchman! She loves the Dutch! By 4pm, they were waking her up, and Elder and Sister Feil waved goodbye to all of their new friends at the hospital.