The next compound we came to had some action going on–lots of pounding. We were invited in and we met these kind men who showed us what they were doing. The old room for receiving friends and guests caved in. It was made of mudbrick and thatch. Today a new room was going up.
I enjoyed looking at their tools. There are no power tools here, just a couple of hammers and a box of long nails.
Two boards are joined by adding a third on top.
Imagine living in a place like this where you make the places you live in and you grow the food you eat. It’s a simple earthy life. But it’s hard work. I often think they win the prize. Our new friend showed us around his compound (the women were probably away working in the fields). He had a couple of coconut palms, the tall and the short varieties.
He was growing some pineapple. You can see the new suckers growing here. If you twist them off and stick them in the ground, they will start a new plant that will produce in a couple of years.
Did you know that the pineapple starts as a spectacular flower?
He also had sugarcane growing and he quickly cut two pieces with his machete for us to take with us.
This compound was full of growing things. It was like a garden. You can see the cassava on the left. This man had no idea who we were, but he welcomed us into his home and his space and he shared with us. I hope he has a really good day.