Recchiuti Confection Perfection
Bread and Butter...and Peanuts
Furniture Maker and Artist
C C C
Drumming up a Beat
Cabernet Dore'LaChance Vineyards Mar14
"Confectious" Assortment!A thoughtful gift from a dear friend, he got a lot dear'er that day!
Recchiuti Confection Perfection
PlottingJust one of their beautiful chess boards
Bread and Butter...and PeanutsEast of Dakar, lies what's known as the "peanut basin". It is a major export, especially to China. The women of these village people are the ones who shell the peanuts - according to an article in CNN, 4 billion hours a year are spent doing so...by hand, by the women of Africa. And though I didn't see anyone with bleeding hands, the article written by a Mr. Brandis, Joel maybe, mentioned it often leaves their hands bloody, that the peanut is like a sun-baked rock in their hands.
Attaya, anyone?This people group, and perhaps most village Africans, are very warm and hospitable! There is never a gathering (that might equate party of two or thirty) that tea doesn't break out. It's quite a process of three rounds of carefully brewed strong tea (by one person), with each round getting sweeter than the one before. The ritual is called attaya. Once brewed, the tea is poured into two small glasses and then served by the "brewer" to the guest and as many of those sitting in attendance, especially the elders of the group. Every person takes a sip, (or loud slurp) if really appreciating it, then puts it back on the brewer's tray to go to the next person. Yes, just like their meals being shared in big bowls with up to say five people per bowl, these two glasses of tea are shared among as many as possible. Then it's back to brew round two. The time between rounds seems to last 30-40 minutes. In the mean time, the people are sitting, very closely, (everyone sits and stands VERY tightly (I should blog on that, too...I will) some on top of one another) even when it's 115 degrees, and talk and laugh and talk, telling stories. Soon, I plan to do a blog about attaya, sharing images of the people partaking, the ingredients and their tools.
Lucky ChickenThis my friends, is a chicken coop! It's as cute as anything I saw to live in during my travels to Sénegal. Don't get me wrong, I saw some beautiful homes and adorable huts, but look at this - it's so cute! This made me want to bring one home and get a chicken. There were all kinds of coops, all nice but this...can you see it's elevated and has it's own ladder. I need to see if I have another image with more detail.
Furniture Maker and ArtistAnd this, the work of a true artisan!! Their furniture is beautiful, the wood is extremely heavy. One day parked in a small town waiting for our driver, I saw this man, crouched on top of this elevated piece of wood, with boys playing around him. He was super focused and busy. I had to get out and take a look, I was amazed, once again...I have more pictures of him smiling at me, crouched and working. I'll find them soon.
C C C Beautiful skin and bracelet, likely hand made, on this little girl
Drumming up a BeatThe music, the beat...wonderful Africa!
4-Wheel DriveI walked outside the beautiful lodge at OverLook Farms in Clarcksville, MO and saw this. It's beautiful, I'd have loved to drive away in it!
Yum PlattedNo words needed...
Picture THISI buy it, couldn't leave it behind...now it's mine!
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