Sunday, March 28, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
This week we mark two auspicious occasions.....two years in Zambia and two years since we met out dear friends from Bothell, WA. They used to live around the corner from us in West Seattle but it took moving to Zambia to meet them ... in the American School parking lot while we were both picking up our kindergartners. While we are making plans for our summer home leave these guys are making plans for their big ‘leave.’ Terri and I have spent countless hours together and I can’t imagine what I’ll do without her here. Terri, you have been such a great friend.
We’ve been here just long enough now have to say goodbye to a lot of good friends. Many folks we have met are here for two to three years, then they are off to their next post. One family that we met just as we got here had moved here from 2 years in Thailand and were headed to Croatia next. Then there are the long-timers....we had to see off another couple recently that had been here 10 and 30 years but recently packed up for India. They are sorely missed.
This expat life is strange indeed.
I wonder what is in store for us? (I wish I had an answer.)
Sunday, March 14, 2010
When we moved in at 23b, we took on a few projects. This is the latest. Yet another reason to book your stay in Jesmondine. This is our poolside 'boma'
Thursday, March 11, 2010
My love affair with chitenge continues. I have been collecting fabric as is the family tradition, maybe not so much tradition as an affliction, addiction, compulsion.... Thankfully, I had a tailor/seamstress/artist for a mother and while to this day she curses my lack of ability to follow the directions as written, my protensity to ignore suggestions of pinning, basting, ironing and the like, I do manage to finish a project now and again. The boys are excellent piece-quilters and we often wrastle for scraps for projects. The traditional cloth we get in Zambia comes from all over Africa. Mostly we see chitenge from Congo (batik and wax resist), Cote d’Ivoire (wax resist and printed), Ghana (batik and dyed), Tanzania (printed) and Angola (printed). Whatever the fabric pattern and color, it’s always wild, crazy and begging to be put to use.
The fabric comes to the shops in 6 meter long pieces. The shops sell them only in 6 meter pieces for 40-80,000 zkw ($10-$20). In the market they will cut the fabric but only into 2 or 4 meter pieces. Once when out shopping with someone who wanted to split a 6 meter piece with me, we asked that the fabric be cut into two 3 meter pieces. The look shot back at us told us that the request was not going to be honored under any cirumstances and we had to do rock-paper-scissors to see who got the 2 meter bit and who got the 4 meter piece.
Funny that we both did “scissors.”