This blog post is more of a photo-blog of Dr Renee and my visit to Phoolbari last Saturday. What a warm welcome we had! What a fantastic day we had!
Thank you to Neecol who traveled from Kathmandu to join us, to the Dhital family for welcoming us into their home, to Angella and Sanskriti for sharing their husband/father Shree for a day and to Shree and Ram and friends for the inspiring work they do for their community in Phoolbari.
The Dhital home was damaged in this year’s earthquakes making the upstairs unlivable. They instead have built a bamboo & mortar one-story building (left) and still use the downstairs kitchen for cooking meals.
Kitchen still in use with earthen burners on the ground floor of the damaged home
The delicious lunch we enjoyed, cooked in said kitchen.
A spoon of the best tasting honey for dessert – Rita Moran you would have died and gone to heaven!!
Beautiful mat for the chair, made of dried corn husks and plastic wrappers for added colour
Neecol looking as glamerous as ever surrounded by mustard plants which will be ready for harvest next month,
Angella’s father hard at work taking the corn kernals off the cobs. The unripened kernals will be used to feed the livestock, everything else will be eaten by the family. Angella is Shree’s wife.
Angella’s mother saving seeds from plants.
Angella’s parent’s home completely collapsed in the first earthquake. they are now living in a tin temporary shelter. It’s freezing cold these winter nights which is why they work in the sun as much as they can to gather some warmth during the day.
The attached building to the homestay completely collapsed in the first earthquake.
Creativity clearly runs in the village. Check out this homemade toy – used flip flops cut into rounds and attached to a stick and pipe, decorated too!
I caught this shot of the boys as they lined up to race their vehicles. Check out the steering wheel on the left!!
As we walked back to the Dhital family home, Angella popped in to say high to her neighbours.
A neighbour making up the corn & water ‘soup’ for the livestock. Afterwards, they snacked on dried husks of corn.
As we walked back with Ram, we met this old man who is 94 years old and is cared for by his grandchildren in the village. he has spent decades scaring the living daylights out of the kids in the village! Ram reported he used to threaten to cut their stomachs out just for fun. They were scared stiff of him!
Neighbours in for a visit
Neighbour holding baby Sanskriti – Shree and Angella’s six month old baby, born two months after the earthquakes. She’s looking pretty peaceful there, no?
Angella with baby Sanskriti with proud grandma
Dr Renee with the lovely Mother Dhital
The Dhital Family at their home in Phoolbari
Neecol with the much loved Sanskriti!
As the sun falls behind the mountain, the temperature drops pretty quick. Still the brightness of the mustard plants (aka rapeseed) prevails.
We got a ride back and I took this to give you an idea how dangerous it is to walk the roads during this blockade. The buses on the left are in line for diesel, two-way traffic is then reduced to 1.5 lanes. Motorbikes dart in and out of whatever spaces they can find. Can you picture me walking this road? Methinks I should stop.