Hey Everybody!! Everyday here is amazing. You can’t run to the store like you can at home and just pick up or buy what you need so many of the things that people have are just built from materials around us. Watch this little video to see what I mean 🙂

It all started with my sister who was desperate to have an outdoor eating structure where she and her guests could enough a meal with shade overhead.

Patrice, was our dear friend, the father to two sweet kids and my sisters worker. Today it was his job to make a natangura structure. the whole process was amazing and interesting!

First he insisted that he had to be dropped off in the jungle where he would collect the needed supplies.

My sister obediently obeyed and Patrice and a few boys were gone the whole day.

When they returned he had some special plants that were used to create strips off of them which turned into rope. The rope was used to attach the leaves to the wooden structure that Patrice would make.

After Patrice had his rope, he would gather the leaves from the Natungura tree and then weave them into a covering over an umbrella type wooden structure that he had made with crooked thin branches which had been stripped of their bark.

It took about a week but it was a beautiful little structure in the end.

My sister spent hours outside sipping icy lemonade on those hot island days.

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