Letter from Belize no. 57

10th November 2016

A few weeks ago we had a visit from an old (well he is younger than me actually) colleague and friend of Henry’s, Horst Vogel. They worked together at the Institute of Agricultural Engineering in Harare from 1988 to 1994 and but after Horst’s work took him to other places and we of course moved to England they gradually lost contact with each other – until, that is, earlier this year. Henry kept wondering how Horst was and what he was doing and I had looked for him on line but had not found anything more recent than papers he wrote about his work in Botswana. We mentioned it to Chris and David Harris, our UK directors, when they were with us in January and Chris, with much more patience and perseverance than me, kept on looking and found him! And made contact with him through Linkedin.

And now this is the interesting part. Guess where Horst’s work has based him now. In St Lucia in the Caribbean and Belize is one of the countries that is included in his G.I.Z. development programme. Can you believe it? He has been visiting Belize a couple of times a year since 2013. So the intervening years melted away and the two scientist/philosophers picked up where they had left off. In between much talking and reminiscing and sharing ideas Horst reveled in the quietness of the Retreat’s garden and its abundance of – well just life and the best part is that he recorded it in his most superb photos which I am going to share with you.

Click on any of these photos for a larger view.

And the piece de resistance for which Horst earned 10/10 for his perseverance and patience.

So our thanks to Horst for his visit and sharing with us these fabulous images. Check out his entry in the Visitors Book to be found in the menu at the bottom of our website. gatewayretreatbelize.org

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