Category Archives: Africa

Wednesday photo: Maize harvest

The maize has been harvested the last few weeks. I didn’t know how to visualize in  cobs the amount that was planted and growing.  Now I can.     This is only about half of our maize. Some has already been … Continue reading

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The chicken diaries: Daily life

I became a parent to two chickens I named Sitfwatfwa (snow) and Thandi (love) in January 2017. This is their story. Having two living things partly under my responsibility (Make loves them as her own) has meant that I have … Continue reading

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Monthly expenses as a PCV in Swaziland

Every year, each Peace Corps post reevaluates the monthly stipend the country’s Volunteers receive. I track my expenses each month because I have for many years, but in March, we had to report our expenses to Peace Corps. There was … Continue reading

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A moment in my life: A week without professions of love

So many entertaining things happen in my life in Swaziland. These are the moments I will want to remember because they make me laugh, and they show insight into my daily routine. These moments are often hard to photograph and … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Maputo

I had only heard negative things about Maputo before traveling there. I experienced nothing negative and was so happy to be in a bustling place for a few days with endless blocks to walk.     Maputo is a fishing town … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Veggies and trash

As I have been double-digging beds in my garden here in Swaziland, I have encountered lots of trash. Trash in the garden, you say? Why, yes, because in rural Swaziland there is no trash pickup service, so people either burn … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Butternut harvest

I could not believe how many butternuts I harvested after their rocky start.    I was wishing I could preserve one of these for the Canfield Fair for my first-ever vegetable entry, but alas, I’m few thousand miles and seasons … Continue reading

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These are a few of my favorite things

Deciding what to bring with me to Swaziland was difficult. There were too many things I wanted to pack because I had no idea of what I would be able to purchase in Swaziland. The purpose of this list is … Continue reading

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A moment in my life: Peaches

So many entertaining things happen in my life in Swaziland. These are the moments I will want to remember because they make me laugh, and they show insight into my daily routine. These moments are often hard to photograph and … Continue reading

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A moment in my life: Community meeting

So many entertaining things happen in my life in Swaziland. These are the moments I will want to remember because they make me laugh, and they show insight into my daily routine. These moments are often hard to photograph and … Continue reading

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