Temple feast

This week there were two lunches for everyone in the village. One was to celebrate someone’s birthday (I ate the food and didn’t even meet the birthday boy!) and the second was to celebrate a particular god’s day. This meal was hosted by the temple and we ate in the village school grounds. Everybody comes to eat in several sittings and the scale of the cooking is astonishing considering everything is cooked over an open fire and takes a whole day and night. I will never moan about cooking on a campsite again!

The hardest thing is trying not to put your dirty foot in your dinner

The hardest thing is trying not to put your dirty foot in your dinner

Bhart trying to scav a bit extra

Bhart trying to scav a bit extra

Dal anyone?

Dal anyone?

So this is where Stan's Cafe rice ended up

So this is where Stan's Cafe rice ended up

Next sitting...

Next sitting...

The next night it all starts again!

The next night it all starts again!

Now that's what I call a cooking pot!

Now that's what I call a cooking pot!

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Village kids

Most days these children are in school and we only see them after 5 o’clock or at weekends. Usually they run around barefoot (some of them go to school barefoot) and they run in and out of everyone’s house. When they come to us it is usually for sweets or to look at our gadgets. Some of them are learning English in school and one of them is good at maths. Anya tries to get him to do her homework.

Aaah, bless!

Aaah, bless!

Many toddlers have heavy amounts of kohl put around there eyes

Many toddlers have heavy amounts of kohl put around their eyes

Alot of people live in small houses down lanes in between every village. These people tend to be poorer and work as labourers in fields or own small plots of land. Their children are full of life but have nothing much to wear or play with.

Everyone wants their picture taken!

Everyone wants their picture taken!

These children look pretty desperate to us but there are many others much worse off. The migrant workers who come to the area to cut sugar cane and other crops live in the fields where they work. They bring their families with them and sleep out in the open. Everything they own is wrapped in bundles and carried with them. Hopefully we will have time to visit them as we have brought a 2 suitcases full of clothes to give away.

collecting water from the local well

collecting water from the local well

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Traditional village house

Here are some pictures of the interior of houses in Moti Pethan. These houses are about 100 years old and some are very colourful. Usually there are beds as well as seats in the front rooms and you have to be careful not to sit on a sleeping child or granny! The first time I came to India I stayed in a house like this. It only had an outside toilet, no running water and the floor was made of grass mixed with dried dung – surprisingly nice to walk on!

old-style front door

old-style front door

All windows have shutters but no glass. The metal bars keep out intruders but not the mosquitoes!

All windows have shutters but no glass. The metal bars keep out intruders but not the mosquitoes!

Front door lock

Front door lock

Shelves don't come from IKEA - they are built in with style!

Shelves don't come from IKEA - they are built in with style!

The shutters are even better on the inside

The shutters are even better on the inside

A wall cupboard

A wall cupboard

Every home, office and shop has a shrine

Every home, office and shop has a shrine

The powerful sun and the monsoon rain soon destroy paintwork

The powerful sun and the monsoon rain soon destroy paintwork

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Homes in Moti Pethan

Here is a selection of pictures showing what most of the homes look like in our village of Mothi Pethan. The older houses are about 100 years old. Some houses are much bigger and newer than others. This is because relatives living and working in plces like Europe, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand have sent money home to pay for a new house. The house we live in is a new one and has flushing toilets, shower, taps and electricity. This keeps us happy because we can easily charge ipods, camers and laptops!

Most of the older houses only have the electricity and have to fetch and store all their water from pumps or wells around the village. Some people have fridge freezers, televisions and dvd players but no-one has a washing machine and no-one needs a tumble dryer – the sun is always out! Clothes washing is done in the back yard and you can pay someone to do it for you.

Dada's palace!

Dada's palace

another newer style of house

another newer style of house

more traditional style

more traditional style

Terraced housing!

tha cowshed is often attached to the house

the cowshed is often attached to the house

Many of the houses have yards for storing fuel or keeping animals

Many of the houses have yards for storing fuel or keeping animals

There are several (very) small shops in the village

There are several (very) small shops in the village that sell eggs, sugar, rice, sweets and fried snacks.

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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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Cooking

Anya was a natural squatter

Anya was a natural squatter

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