It was breath-takingly beautiful, and stunningly silent
as we made our way from the Farmer's House, up the mountain path
to a village inhabited by the Dong ethnic group for years.
I am finding it quite emotional just to relive now........
The flowers on this tree in the early morning are pure white....
..and yet by evening have turned a deep crimson.
The Beauty of Nature
The Dong people have lived here for many, many years, with very little land on which to grow their crops. They have developed the wonderful technique, common in such area in China of "terracing" to make the most of every square inch of land, and to produce maximum crop by retaining the rain fall
The girls were convinced there must be Pandas in there
But this was the only one we could find!
Picking a stem from a sticky plant, each person takes turns to remove a sticky stem & re-attach to the plant. The others have to guess which stem has been removed.
It was a privilege for me to watch my daughter so comfortable in her own skin,
playing traditional Chinese games with my friend.
I do LOVE this photo :-)
The mystery of how these huge marrows are suspended from the stems .....
Dong ladies, just going about their business....
Next thing we knew , we were invited in to see this lovely couple in their eighties, busy working away
This amazing lady just kept working away, producing cloth of stunning quality on her hand loom,
very reminiscent of my husband's family tradition of the loom-shed in Lewis.
Even the singing in the background reminded me of Gaelic chanting, and I could not wait
( with the wonders of modern technology )
to send this straight home for him to see and hear :-)
We just love and appreciate so much the privilege of being able to wander,
never knowing what is round the next corner, and being warmly welcomed in wherever we go......
And finally popped in to a tea-shop for shelter and sustenance
where the "tourists" were given fresh tea "on the House"