Friday, May 8, 2009

Actual fruit...well vegetables anyway

And last but not least, our garden. Our pride and joy. Now is the perfect time to grow vegetables as it's not too hot and there's still water readily available. The sun was just too intense during the summer so we kinda had to wrap our last garden up rather quickly in January. Now we're focusing more on specific projects within the community and going a little beyond the personal relationships we've developed. Stay tuned for more news on that but until then please 'Sala Kahle!' (Stay well).

More Fruit

Ok so Hilary didn't do such a great job as videographer in this one but 'Hey, We're in Africa' so cut her some slack. You probably need to stretch your neck out anyhow...just tilt it a little to the left. Anyhow, above you'll find our next big adventure...Bee Keeping. Jay has now completed 2 trap boxes, smaller than the normal boxes and used simply for catching them. The top of this box is made up of 7 topbars that run the length of the box. Once a colony has moved in and gotten to work (and it's no longer winter, they don't like the cold so you can't move them) you take the middle top bar and move it to the big box which has 21 topbars. And that my friends is how you begin a bee box. More on that later but for now you get the jist...we hope! So we ran this box up into the mountain where we had earlier located a hive in the side of a dirt wall. We placed honey on the middle top bar and then put the box in a safe, hidden place and apparently the bees smell (sense) the honey and start buliding away. Why bee keeping you ask? Because fresh honey is DELICIOUS, besides the botulism of course, kidding...kind of. No, but actually our community has just taken bee keeping up as a new project so we figured it'd be easier to help them out and keep them motivated if we were also keeping bees. Sounds easy but we'll see. Hope you guys enjoyed the last video as well as this one! Potentially one more on the way.

Some more activities around the homestead.

The Fruits of Our Labor

Just thought we'd give you guys a little eye candy this go round. You all write messages like we starve you of pictures and what not so we thought we'd surprise you with a little taste of Swazi life. This is our hut, simple but feels like home now.