mardi 27 mai 2008

Something old, something new...

Je n'attache pas une grande importance aux objets,
Je les aime, je les chine avec passion,
je les utilise, les mets en scène et puis
parfois je les offre...
Country Living

Cependant, certains
me suivent au gré de mes déménagements...
ils sont là ,
j'aime les retrouver...

lundi 26 mai 2008

The fabric of life...

If you have ever been in West Africa, you know "wax" fabric well.
It's in every market and adorning many women and men,
particularly at special occasions.
"Wax" refers to the manufacturing process,
(not the texture of the fabric)
But, did you know...

The *Akan of Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire use cloth
not only for personal adornment ,
but also, metaphorically,
as a powerful expressive medium of communication...

The Akan cloths include the screen and block-printed *adinkra,
the hand-woven *kente, the appliqued *akunintam and *asafo flags,
and the factory-made Java and *wax prints, shown here
Among the Akan, the messages one conveys in the print
cloth one wears
are likely to say something about one's identity,
beliefs, or set of values.
The wax and non-wax print cloths are used indexically
for religious themes, renowned individuals, historical occasions,
popular songs and religious hymns, and everyday situations.
They are also used to state proverbs and metaphors...
Some wax and non-wax prints combine written proverbs with visual
forms to express certain Akan beliefs, values, and social relations.
Sometimes it is simply the visual form on the cloth
that elicits the spoken proverb.
Besides using the surface of the cloth to convey messages,
either through written or representational imagery,
Akan woman's dress designers
also shape the garment itself
to convey some messages.
The manner in which the cloth is worn
can also be used for very expressive communication...
*For definitions and more information
checkout my source :

mardi 20 mai 2008

M for Mango...

Mango Jam
This jam is sweet;
it reminds me of the tropics.
It doesn't taste like any jam eaten here -
one mouthful transports you to warmth and heat,
somewhere exotic...

photo : MarketMan

Makes four small jars

1kg/2lb ripe mangoes
250g/8oz caster sugar
1tbsp lemon juice
4 small, sterilised jars

Peel and chop the mangoes, then stir with the sugar
in a large heavy-bottomed, non-reactive saucepan.
Let the mixture stand for at least 30 minutes or overnight,
so that the mangoes release their juices and the sugar dissolves.
Then bring the saucepan of fruit to a vigorous boil over a high heat,
stirring every now and then to make sure the fruit doesn't stick
to the bottom of the pan.
The mixture will bubble up dramatically, rising high up the sides of the pot.
Skim off any light-coloured foam that rises to the surface.
The jam will soon boil down, beginning to form smaller, thicker bubbles.
When this happens, begin to test the jam by putting a teaspoonful
of the hot mixture on to a plate.
This will serve to cool off the jam quickly so you can tell what
the final texture will be like.
When the jam has cooked to the consistency that you like,
stir in the lemon juice.
Turn off the heat and carefully ladle the jam into the sterilised jars
screw the tops on tight and leave to cool.
When the jam is cool, store in a cool, dark place or in the refrigerator.
Delicious on home-made crunchy and textured bread,
warm from the even..
The jam should last for up to a year if properly sealed.

dimanche 18 mai 2008

Light entertainment...

Sent to me by a dear friend to share...
(we've all seen it at least a million times since it appeared months ago
as my girls simply can't get enough)

I had to link to it just in case you haven't seen it yet...

vendredi 16 mai 2008

jeudi 15 mai 2008

For love of the great outdoors...

I love zinc tubs, I always have
like the one below featured in one of my home decorating magazines
or the big round ones I have in the garden
with my Rhodedendrons and Hydrangeas in...
Photos: Toast
. .
I'd never really questionned why
until this old photo was dug out
and we got to thinking...
I wonder if this could be some kind of explanation
for what, some think, is a weird passion...
Some of my happiest moments were spent splashing around
in these tubs in the yard
and judging by the number of photos there of of me at different times
with or without friends/sisters, I obviously loved every second..!

P.S For anyone who just might be wondering...
we did have "proper" bathrooms and we always lived
in beautiful old colonial houses,
it's just that I preferred to spend all my time outdoors...

lundi 5 mai 2008

Je suis née en Afrique...

"Je suis née en Afrique.
Une enfance en Afrique, c'est pas commun !
C'est plein de soleil, de chaleur, de couleurs, d'odeurs,
de plaisirs simples..."
(l'auteur d'Abidgan Blues)

XJ'aime particulierement ce blog car je fais partie aussi des nostalgiques
d'une enfance en Afrique...
Je suis loin d'être la seule...
comme en témoignent des milliers de commentaires
sur ce magnifique blog
example de Chantal :
"ah! afrique quand tu nous tiens...
comme il est bon de lire tout ces détails qui vous renvoient de suite
des années en arrière et qui vous donnent la sensation
d'avoir vécu quelque chose d'assez exceptionnel... "
Merci à "Fenêtres sur Cour" pour m'avoir permis de découvrir ce blog...