Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Our Weekends in a Nutshell

A rare family photo, complete with all four of us - even if one of us isn't smiling :)
It's been all about celebrating Autumn around here for the past couple of weeks. It is most certainly my favorite time of the year, with the weather still nice, the beauty of fall foliage, and the activities that abound at farms. We did the requisite corn maze, giant pumpkin farm and chestnut gathering. (What exactly is it about gathering chestnuts that is so entertaining? My husband, the gatherer, collected what feels like bushels of them.)

Along with preparing for Halloween by carving the countless pumpkins Elle insisted on getting (actually, I counted 14. 14! That does include mini pumpkins, but still. We just may cater to her pumpkin "obsession" a little too much), we also marked Diwali, the Hindu festival of Light by drawing mehendi, henna tattoos on each other. We have also been gorging on pumpkin seeds :)

I've been absent lately as I've been working (on and off for months actually) on another website and coming across many a challenge! I think it will just go on the back burner for a little while, so I can share more West African culture here. Oh, and a few more pancakes :)


  1. I had to stop by and say what an awesome job on the "mehendi" (tatoos) :) And wishing you and family a very happy Diwali too!

  2. Lovely post! I love the leaf masks, the carved pumpkins, all the huge pumpkins and the art on the hands (which is particularly good!)


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