Well, friends visited and cake eaten, forgot about crackers but enjoyed the holiday. We've escaped the worst of the heavy rain and flood damage - in fact, it's unseasonally warm. We've managed to 'phone or message or text most of our Gambian friends and we'll keep trying to contact the others.
best wishes to all of you - long life, good health and happy nest!
Hope to see all of you in the village early next year!