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Fires, Coconuts and lots more.

31 January 2019

Thursday – 31 January 2019

A constant stream of visitors and social events has slowed down my recordings of the daily happenings. However, a few new photos and stories to share so here they are to finish up a very busy January.

The daily burn of sugar cane continues, although most burns actually happen early evening when there is no wind and therefore a lesser chance of the fire spreading.

This one caught my attention because it was one street away from us right on the edge of the village. Next to this field on the right are houses, most of them built out of decades old dry timber. Each burn has its own crew of to both set the fires and then keep an eye on progress. They have small motorised water backpacks to put out any escaping fires so that’s hopeful. Even so if my timber house was next to this I would be slightly worried.

Gaun gets food cravings like all of do from time to time. The only difference is that inside of ice cream or a burger her’s is more along the lines of jackfuit, snails, sticky rice or recently coconuts. Luckily all of the above are available either at the farm or at home, without any expenditure or the need for shops.

Accessing the delights of a fresh coconut requires work, A ladder to access them from one of our palms and some cutting with a heavy duty chopper is required. 

The reward. You don’t get fresher than that!

Living in a small Isan village outside a larger town is a funny mix of traditional and new. Cheap fresh food harvested locally and $14.00 a day labour along with fiber optic broadband and now solar panels to power the village submersible pump for the village’s water supply. 

Tamerind drying at the farm.

Yuan and Lud preparing it for sale at the Friday markets.

The new field is being sowed with vegetables. This will be fully planted in the next couple of weeks.

So neat.

This is the sugar cane section of the farm, which was harvested recently. It looks devistated but new growth is happening already despite zero rainfall.

For every planting of sugar cane farmers get three crops without a replanting. If you see sugar cane being transported that hasn’t been burned it is most likely going to be sold to farmers to replant for another three years of harvest. 

Do you remember Peng’s recent school excursion? Well, guess who got presents on her return! Thanks Peng.

A few photos below of that trip pinched from Peng’s Facebook page

The whole group. Notice the five buses in the background that I wrote about on the 28th.

These quick growing and shade friendly trees are a great addition to any garden. However, they are very prone to attack by borers so you do need to keep a constant eye on them. You can pick the borers at work when you start to get sap appearing on the trunk or a branch – see other photo. Behind that sap will be a hole. Spray something like Chaindrite into the hole.