Planting rice

We’ve started planting rice this year. Yom Yai has land surrounding the school which she has had landscaped into paddy fields. The idea is to help feed the novices next year.

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They all had these hats to protect them from the sun. Even though it was rather cloudy that day I still managed to burn myself. This is Samanen Bon.

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Samanen Don

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Samanens Bon and Nut.

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Ajahn Ratana grew up planting rice in Cambodia and was looking forward to this day immensely (a bit disconcerting actually).

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They wore jumpers to protect them from the sun – Samanens Prem and Win.

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This is Samanen Oh (not sure how to spell that).

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Samanen Nut (I believe he won the coolest hat of the day prize).

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Getting wet.

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Not sure who this is.

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Samanens Bao and Niu (pronounced New)

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Work begins.

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The rice to be planted is purchased in bunches like these. From a bunch you take a few shoots and using a technique which I couldn’t quite grasp placed the shoots into the clay like mud. You then just continued like this day after day until either you finished or your back broke. I managed about 10 minutes.

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Samanen Gob which translates as Frog in Thai.

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They worked like this the entire weekend and I believe they enjoyed themselves, although a lot of them contracted  some sort of skin condition or other from standing in muddy water for so long. Still, at least next year they won’t starve.

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Definitely a hardy lot – puts me to shame really.

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This is Saoeak (pronounced Sow ache). He constantly has skin problems and was taking extra precautions.

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An arty shallow depth of field shot.

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Samanen Jan (he was born in January). The mud was quite deep in places.

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Another Samanen Niu.

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Samanen Don.

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A better shot of Samanen Niu.

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I think this was about midmorning. Already they’ve covered a lot of ground.

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This gentleman lives and works at the school. He is very friendly and I’ve gone and forgotten his name.

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One of the teachers, Ajahn Samai.

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Not much left of this field, but plenty more waiting to be started.

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A better shot of Ajahn Samai.

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Samanen Dohree.

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A finished field.

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Samanen Saoeak taking a rest.

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Samanen Kay.

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Samanen Gon.

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Samanen Niu. Getting close to lunch time which I’m sure they were looking forward to. They ate on site.

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Samanen Off (sp?)

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Another shot of a finished field.

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Samanen Bun.

I’ll end the post here.

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