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Out in the fields

After a week of getting out of bed late and just showing up for the fun jobs like feeding the chickens, it was finally time to get a taste of a real farm job. All of the children (including Gromit) went on their cousins’ tractor to a field several kilometers away owned by the family. After crossing several other fields and dismantling a few temporary ‘fences’ of thorn branches (nasty on the hands and legs!) we finally arrived in our field. Fortunately the grass we needed was already cut and tied, so all we had to do was load it on to the trailer. Hard enough work in the heat though – and we had to be careful of all the ticks in the hay…nice!

Gromit heads off for his first day of real work in the fields

Gromit heads off for his first day of real work in the fields

and off they went into the jungle...

and off they went into the jungle...

Dismantling the thorn bush fences designed to keep out animals

Dismantling the thorn bush fences designed to keep out animals

Gromit finds the hay that needs loading and starts barking out the orders

Gromit finds the hay that needs loading and starts barking out the orders

Anya's aunt and uncle are the only ones who really know what they are doing and they begin to stack the hay carefully as we all watch

Anya's aunt and uncle are the only ones who really know what they are doing and they begin to stack the hay carefully while we all watch and learn.

Anya's masi (aunty) wears a long sleeve shirt and scarf to protect herself from dust and ticks

Bharti, Anya's masi (aunt), wears a long sleeve shirt and scarf to protect herself from dust and ticks.

Then we get a go. Come on Sanjeev, put your back in to it!

Then we get a go. Come on Sanjeev, put your back in to it!

Here you go, catch!

Here you go, catch!

Finally we are fully loaded and the hay is tied to the trailer

Finally we are fully loaded and the hay is tied to the trailer

Gromit showed up again when all the hard work was done!

Gromit showed up again when all the hard work was done! Don't worry Anya didn't drive the tractor...

...Sunesh did!

...Sunesh did!

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