Saturday, January 7, 2012

Lovely Thailand

Thailand is full of HISTORY...

...and FUN....
Dancing elephants in Ayutthaya. (Sorry for the indistinct photo!)

Lizard in Ko Hong
Photo credit: Friend

...and BEAUTY!
Victory Monument in Bangkok
Railey, Krabi
Photo credit: Friend
Ko Lanta
Photo credit: Friend
And all of these things I was blessed to see. School break is almost over! Bring on the classes!

Posted by: Aj. Erika

Friday, January 6, 2012

Water Reservoir

I am not at all a country gal, having been brought up in the city, but I really enjoy being outside and I like watching projects progress. So going to the farm and seeing how the plants grow is interesting to me. And it's also interesting when there are "building" projects.

In order to get more water pressure near the school's large garden, it became necessary to build water reservoirs. I believe they will be useful for catching water in the rainy season, too. I went out a few times to watch this project, but I didn't help. Just took pictures!

Mixing the cement and putting in the foundation.

Putting the tanks together.

The heavy-lifting part is finished - now to put in the pipes.

Cutting a hole for the pipe.
The finished product.
Posted by: Aj. Erika

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Thai Wheat

I really need to catch up on the numerous blogs that I planned to write before my holiday. There are two posts specifically that I wanted to write about - rice and water reservoirs. Interesting, huh?

Here at Legacy, teachers eat meals with the students. This means that our diet consists largely of RICE! (Personally, I do not eat breakfast with students - simple toast, jam, and tea suffices for me at that time!) Instead of the vast quantity of bread we eat in the West (and that I am extremely fond of!) Thailand has various kinds of rice to round out their dishes. Not only is rice important for meals in Thailand, but it's also important for the economy. Thailand is the number one exporter of rice (however, China is the number one producer).

For such an important thing, I really didn't know much about it. This year, though, we had a small amount of rice at the farm, so I was able to watch the process and help a little with the harvesting. I took some pictures to walk you through the process. At our farm we did dry rice, meaning that it was grown in a field instead of a rice paddy. I had hoped to have pictures of all the steps from planting to table, but our rice is not going to be eaten - it will be used for seed. I also missed the part where they beat the rice stalks - I think that would have been fun!
Rice in October.

The rice ready to harvest in November.
The rice field.

Cutting the rice and putting it in sheaves to dry.
Close-up: Cutting the rice.
Shaking the rice about three days later to get grass and other debris out.
Pile of rice from the field.
Rice out to dry so they can be saved as seeds.

Posted by: Aj. Erika