Tag Archives: PCV

Wednesday photo: Beet harvest

As spring becomes more and more like summer, my garden is finally producing lots.     These were my pickings on Tuesday, plus two shopping bags full of lettuce leaves, and I successfully gave it all away (except the herbs, which … Continue reading

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Day six: Delivering reeds to the queen mother

I thought to myself, “I wonder if the king is here,” and then I looked up and made eye contact with him. It was the day of reed delivery to the queen mother, and it only made sense that the … Continue reading

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What’s cooking: Chakalaka

Sometimes I do not have time to prepare food to the likes of what I write about regularly in the SOJO. There are a few staples that I always have on hand for times like the months of June and … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Sibhaca dance

On Monday I attended Swaziland’s trade fair so that I could purchase a new internet package. I have so much more data now!    While I was there, a sibhaca competition was in progress. This is the male version of … Continue reading

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Late summer and fall gardening in Swaziland

I have been so far behind in updating all of you on my garden; at least I have kept good records. By May, I had quite the garden planted with onions, lettuce, beets, green pepper, hot pepper, paprika pepper, beans, … Continue reading

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Photos from cutting reeds

Cutting the reeds turned out to be pretty exciting after a long wait for the day to get started. The photos below show a bit of the march, the cutting, the preparing, the tying, and the posing with the reeds. … Continue reading

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Day four: Another long march

Friday is the day of the return march to Ludzidzini.  When I arrived, my group was already packed and we departed for the umphakatsi within a few minutes. I thought things would be happening soon, but of course, that wasn’t … Continue reading

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Day three: Cutting umhlanga

Cutting reeds was definitely a day for the memory books.  It started with many hours of waiting, which has become a common theme. Then the group of timbali that has most adopted me disappeared after getting ready. I had realized … Continue reading

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Day two: The first day of marching

No one told me there would be running.  Wednesday started again at 5 a.m., so I could arrive at Lobamba at 6:30 a.m. Around 7:30 a.m. we lined up near the Royal Kraal for the opening ceremony. The queen mother … Continue reading

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Day one: Registration at Umhlanga

Today started early at 4:45 a.m. because we were told to meet the bus taking us to Ludzidzini at 6 a.m. I asked my sisi for us to leave at 5:50 a.m. to walk to school so that we could … Continue reading

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