the only remaining incan rope bridge
the Q’eswachaka rope bridge, suspended over the apurímac river in peru, is a piece of living history. it is the last of the rope bridges that once connected the incan road system, and dates back about five centuries. rebuilt from twisted cords of grass by residents each year, it is a piece of history that is not only still in use, but regularly renewed.
the bridge—spanning 118 feet and composed of local grasses—is remarkably sturdy: it can hold thousands of pounds of tension. but perhaps the most remarkable thing about the Q’eswachaka is the local community’s ongoing dedication to keeping it in working order.
the bridge, though strong, only has a lifespan of one to two years before it begins to weaken. since the structure was first built nearly half a millennium ago, residents of nearby towns have fastidiously rebuilt it hundreds of times. they continue to rebuild it to this day, with each family contributing some 90 feet of rope.
“true belonging is born of relationships not only to one another
but to a place of shared responsibilities and benefits.
we love not so much what we have acquired
as what we have made and whom we have made it with.”
credits: atlas obscura, anna green, mental floss
it’s national pencil day!
roald dahl’s favorite pencil was the dixon ticonderoga –
every morning he would sharpen six pencils
with an electric pencil sharpener and said
when all six needed sharpening again
he knew he’d been writing for about two hours.
a carload and more of grandies,
a sweet niece, baron the dog, and a family of ducklings
inventing the day as they go.
“some of the secret joys of living
are not found by rushing from point A to point B,
but by inventing some imaginary letters along the way. “
~douglas pagels: These Are the Gifts I’d Like to Give to You
had a little caucus practice
with my class of kinders
to help them
they all began by
standing on one side
somewhere in the middle.
we also had two happy monkeys,
curious george on one side
soft cuddly monkey on the other.
each made big promises,
what they would do for the kinders
if they picked them.
to get the kinders on their side.
ice cream every day
on and on
went the promises.
and the littles
back and forth
back and forth
as they heard
the promises made.
one stood alone
knowing what she wanted
and what she believed in
right from the beginning.
when it was over
and the rest
back and forth
back and forth,
she was still standing
where she began.
stronger than ever
the decisions you make are a choice of values
that reflect your life in every way.
– alice waters
‘you know you’re a mom/grandmom
when you help the kids search for
the candy you ate last night.’
credits: freshlypicked.com, pinterest
happy easter and peace to all
kindness has no religion. it is like an open sky.
– amit ray
credits: fiona gill fiber artists and yarn spinners, ‘amid the cornflowers,’ the magic onions
whipple-scrumptious fudgemallow delight
it’s almost easter – a great time to make wonka’s whipple-scrumptious fudgemallow delight with the chiddlers then?!
how to make a truly whipple-scrumptious sauce
for your ice cream sundae:
you will need:
an adult to help you
a large bowl of your favourite ice cream ready in the fridge
60g dark chocolate
1 cadbury’s crunchie or similar chocolate bar
80g dark brown sugar
150ml double cream
what you need to do:
break the chocolate and the crunchie into large chunks
and set to one side.
in a saucepan, over a low heat, melt together
the butter, sugar and cream.
stir until all the sugar is dissolved.
turn the heat up and continue stirring for 10 minutes.
be careful, as it gets very hot and can splutter.
use a very long wooden spoon or a tall adult with a long arm.
turn the heat down again.
get your bowl of ice-cream from the fridge.
put the marshmallows, chocolate and crunchie into the saucepan,
stir around once and pour over your ice-cream.
“‘Wonka’s Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight!'” cried Grandpa George. ‘It’s the best of them all! You’ll just love it!'” – From Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – roald dahl
image credit: purpleclover.com
fellow zoo visitor
gets into character
for the big day
i have to say
i was impressed.
i like to think of myself as a character actor,
though there’s some redundancy in that.
– jeff bridges
a new poisonous prehistoric flower
found perfectly preserved in amber
here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. there is no why. -kurt vonnegut
image credit: natureworldnews.com, george p. jr.