Monday, November 7, 2011

BROOM MAKING 101

What an incredible cultural experience I had today.  Liz, Ginny and I learned how to make brooms. 

Acela and Alba took us deep into their field.  Ginny got a little ride when the weeds got tall.  
 

 
They showed us the type of weeds we needed to pick – dry ones with lots of branches.




Next, we chopped down the broom handles.  We tried our hand at whittling it with a machete, but as you can see from the picture, Alba just laughed at our attempt!

Alba attached the weeds we collected to the handles we whittled with a rag.
And viola!  A broom!


We walked for 2 hours!

And then we picked mandioca.

As the sun was setting, we went back to their house, sipped terere and hung out with their family.  What fun memories!





2 comments:

Ken and Christie said...

These are the kinds of days I just ADORE here!!! What fun!

Naomi said...

Sounds neat! The WOTH Retreat sounded amazing. So glad you got to go. You need that pampering and encouragement. Lauren and Alexis and I got together for the weekend. We missed ya!