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Alison is currently writing about life as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Swaziland. She regularly writes about her permagarden, the food she cooks, her chickens, and quick snippets of life.

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  • 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 &rarr […]

  • 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 &rarr […]

  • 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 &rarr […]

  • 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 &rarr […]

  • 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 &rarr […]

  • 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 &rarr […]