Spraying 'fly'

Trip Start Jun 03, 2010
Trip End Mar 29, 2011

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Flag of Thailand  , Roi Et,
Friday, August 20, 2010

We went out to the farm today to check how the spraying of the rice was coming on.  A dirty job that I didnt try myself because of all the toxic chemicals blowing around.  Although Tia was well covered up I did notice that he still wasnt wearing gloves.  I dont know what the chemicals do or even if they are still available in the UK as a lot of the stuff they use over here has been banned elsewhere in the world.  Boring but here are a few of them whose names I could pick out on the bottles; dimethyl cyclopropane carboxylate, a-cyano-3-phenoxybenzyl, butylphenylmethylcarbonate.
Moving swiftly on ...
One of the trees near the farm attracts a certain insect, a bit like a beetle, that some of the locals enjoy eating, dry fried in the wok.  I have ewateb insects of all descriptions including small scorpions whilst I have been here but they dont do anything for me - anything good that is.  They are all dry, crunchy and tatseless.  It may have been necessary to eat them years ago as a source of protein but now that there are so many alternatives I cant see the point.  Anyway, a man has come to ther farm this morning in search of these very insects.  He has a long bamboo pole with a plastic bag affixed to the end to knock them out of the tree and catch them.  From here they are stored in a small net until he is ready to go home and tuck in.  After about an hour he has managed to trap almost a dozen, not much of a feast but...  There is lots of good local food around so these I can definitely live without.
In the afternoon Jai finishes the second of her mat pieces and it is laid out to dry off properly in the fleeting sun as she starts to string the next piece.  She hates this job and it takes quite a while to complete all 92 strings.  The bending down also makes the old lady's back ache.
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