Zulus

Today I am visiting Zulus, a tribe of people who live in South Africa along the coast of the Indian Ocean.  They are famous for their basket work.  By tradition, Zulu baskets made of dried palm fronds and were plain, with no decoration. Now, the baskets are made with recycled wire and each is unique in shape, pattern, color, weave and size. No two baskets are ever the same, even if made by the same person.  The patterns, each with their own meaning, vary from pretty bands to triangles, diamonds, zig-zags, and checkerboard styles. Cats always like baskets to sleep in, I think I will get one for my new bed!

Purrs,  Gulliver

zulu basket

Safari

Woo hoo!  I am going on a safari! When I look at the roots of the word, it means journey, and I have had many of those. But this one is to see the wild animals on the continent of Africa!  The earliest safaris were trading journeys which had caravans traveling long distances to bring supplies from one city to the next.  Then the word changed to mean the journey for people who identified different kinds of animals not seen at home, and hunters who shot them for sport. Now, safaris are usually to take pictures of wild animals in their own area and learn more about how they live.  Lions, tigers, zebras, hippos – all kinds of animals I don’t see in my neighborhood. Do you have wild animals where you live?    Purrs , Gulliver

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Tunisia and magic carpets

Tunisia

My very first magic carpet was woven in Tunisia.  I found it in a souq – an open air market which sells everything from jewelry to ceramic dishes to rugs. The rug was woven of wool, and I could use it as a blanket on chilly nights when I camped outside.

The first people to live in this area were stone age cave dwellers called Troglodytes.  I can see why humans like to come to Tunisia – there are many miles of sandy beaches along the Mediterranian coastline, though in the south part of the country there is desert, and it is hot!

Purrs, Gulliver