This week we had back-to-back workshops with Californian high school students sponsored by Insight Global Education. Just the foliage out our window seemed to be of great interest. Our workshops were all FAUNA based.
First up was coconuts. Tuesday’s group we just did scraping. For yesterday’s group Junia got the bright idea to teach them how to open a coconut.
How to find the right spot to whack. Please note the audience’s smiles.
One solid WHACK to open it. The sound was that of a cracking whip. Some folks were still applauding as Junia showed the opened nut.
Then some volunteers got a chance to try. The first person looked serious but only went Tap. Tap. Tap tap. TAP and open. This boy went Whack – and we all heard a correct sound. “You’ve got it!” Junia proclaimed, and helped him find the cracked seam to pry the nut apart.
After that, they took turns scraping – I’ve shown that lots of times.
After lunch, Junia took everybody up to the pavilion to talk about Food Security. This is the issue that they are studying during their 2 weeks in Fiji. The leader said all the kids were paying attention and asking good questions.
The third part was by far the most popular – really sorry I didn’t get photos. The third part was CHOCOLATE. Chocolate is always a popular feature here – but it really bumped up a notch at the 11 day workshop because our neighbor gave Akka an old tukituki (metal pounding bowl and pounder). Now with a chocolate workshop, folks get to taste cacao fruit, learn about the fermenting, drying and roasting process, see the electric grinder, and take a try at mashing roasted nibs by hand old-school style. Afterwards, Akka made fresh chocolate hot chocolate for everyone – that it was a hit is an understatement. One boy was walking around in a daze, saying it was the most delicious thing he’d ever had in his life – well, one of the five most delicious things….ever…
All I’ve got for fauna is this:
I was wondering about the funny fingernail thing on Austin’s dresser. It was a Rooster Spur. He had a pair of them.
Ok, so for what I was doing last week instead of hanging out at the workshop. My bright idea:
A Blind Man’s Quilt.
I’ve got this sweet friend Martin. The weather has gotten cold. I thought what about a quilt with a bunch of different textures that Martin will be able to “see”?
Here is the finished product.
Here is a close up detail of 5 of the 18 or so different cloths I used.
Top left is polyester curtain material with cotton- twine X’s. Top right is dress cotton quilted in big squares. Bottom right is the back side of baby flannel (it’s fuzzier) secured with little ties. Bottom middle is denim. Bottom right is velvet that I tried to tack down like a pincushion. Every time the same cloth appeared it got the same treatment.
And here is Martin with his quilt.
He’d just found the handtowel. 🙂
Happy week, everybody.